The Vostro range from Dell is a no-frill laptop range dedicated to small and medium businesses. The Vostro 3460 is the entry level model and is on sale from Dell for £311 including delivery.
The laptop comes with a two-year next business day service, better than the competition. It also runs on an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i3-3110M processor clocked at 2.4GHz with 3MB cache with two cores.
Other features are 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard disk drive spinning at 7,200RPM, a DVD writer, a 14in 1,366 x 768 pixel display (which should make the laptop more portable compared to its predecessors which sport a bigger 15.6in display), Intel HD 4000 Graphics, Windows 8 Pro (rather than the standard edition), one year subscription to McAfee SecurityCenter, a backlit keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a 6-cell battery.
The Dell Vostro 3460 weighs a mere 2.25 Kg which is just outside the Ultrabook upper limit. It also comes with a quick recovery button, a card reader, VGA/HDMI ports, three USB 3.0 connectors and an Ethernet one. Rivals to this laptop include the HP 655 and the Lenovo Ideapad S400.