Looking for A Christmas Gift For Yourself? Dell’s Vostro 130 or HP ProBook 4425s Notebook Are Good Starting Points

I have several computers.

  • 2 netbooks (one from HP and one from Acer)
  • A Dell Latitude
  • An older Lenovo notebook.

Although I have two small notebooks and 2 regular sized, 14″ notebooks, I don’t have what I really want. A notebook with long battery life, thin and light weight.
Last week Dell released the newest line of its small business focused computers, the Vostro brand, with the Dell Vostro 130. I bought one.
What caused me to buy it was the low price, lightness and hopefully decent enough battery power (6 – 8 hours). My 2 netbooks top out at 1.5 hours and the larger notebooks are only about 3 hours or so.

Dell’s press release reads Designed with the needs and wants of on-the-go entrepreneurs in mind, the Vostro V130 combines head-turning style with best-of-breed durability and security. The Vostro V130 is one of the thinnest [as thin as 0.65” (front) to 0.78” (rear)] and lightest (starting at 3.5 pounds1) ultraportable 13-inch laptops available and includes color options Lucerne Red and Aberdeen Silver. Constructed from sturdy aluminum and reinforced with zinc hinges and a magnesium alloy palm rest, it is also durable and able to survive everyday bumps and thumps. In addition, the V130 is the first ultra-thin laptop to offer Hyperbaric Cooling, an Intel® Advanced Cooling Technology, to help it stay quiet and cool.
Maybe you want something with a bigger screen and a DVD player. Dell has computers like that, but you also might want to check out HP’s HP ProBook 4425s Notebook. It’s a bit heaver than the Dell (at almost 5lbs) but includes a larger screen (14″ instead of 13″) and a DVD player.
My friend Brent Leary is giving one away here – in addition to some other goodies from Intuit, Sage and others.