Dell Launches Vostro V130, Another Macbook Air Rival

Dell has quietly introduced a new super slim laptop, the Vostro V130, which will take over from our favourite model, the V13, and includes a number of interesting upgrades that makes it a better buy compared to the 13-inch Macbook Air

It measures only 0.65-inch thick, weighs a mere 1.6Kg and retains the same 13.3-inch magnesium-alloy enclosure as the V13 but adds an HDMI port, an additional USB port, optional onboard 3G SIM card, Bluetooth 3.0 and a welcomed upgrade from the current Core 2 Duo to Intel's Core i3 or i5 ULV processors.

Dell says that the new Vostro V130 will come with a new Hyperbaric Cooling technology that promises to improve the laptop's thermal performance by sucking cool air on one side and blowing out hot air on the other side.

The V130 also comes with reinforced zinc hinges and a magnesium alloy palm rest, a change from the current plastic one; the downside of using MA is that it can sometimes be very cold. As expected, the chassis remains the same with a LED-backlit 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels.

Other specs include a new 2-megapixel webcam, the same 6-cell 30WHr battery, GbE Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Expresscard, VGA video connector. The V130 has a starting price of $429 in the US but is expected to cost £399 in the UK ex VAT.

We've been told by a Dell spokesperson that the laptop will be available as from this Thursday; the V130 product page is already up and running at Dell.co.uk where you can check the specs and the pictures.