Dell Vostro 130: Light, Affordable and Nicely Designed

I’ve been on the hunt for a new notebook computer. My qualifications were something very light (the screen on the two netbooks I have were too small), with long battery life and affordable. The days of paying $1,500 for a computer are over.
After several hours of desk research and feeling computers at Best Buy I paid about $800 for a Dell Vostro 130. So far, I like it.
Here are a few things that could be better:
The jack for the audio is in the front right of the computer. This makes it easy to access, but my right arm is uncomfortably hitting into the cables as I’m typing.
The battery life. I have not yet fully tested the battery life and I’m hoping that with full battery power saving options the battery will last at least 4 hours. I wanted in fact a 9 cell battery, which moves the batter life from 4 – 6, to 6 – 8 (it’s most always the lower number). But the Vostro only has a 6 cell battery.
What do I like about it:

  • The 13.1″ screen is just right. Not too big and not too small.
  • The keyboard layout is perfect. I no longer have to press function keys and another key to use end, home, page up or page down, which I use a lot.
  • The indicator lights are clearly lit (power, wireless, hard disk in use nad etc)
  • The machine is beautifully thin, might I say svelte
  • It’s quite affordable

If you’re looking for a light and powerful notebook to use on the road I’m sure you’ll be very happy with the Vostro 130 and for under $1000 and as low as $500 you can find what you’re looking for. I even got a free Cole Haan case.