Dell Vostro 1510
Elegant and fully-featured business notebook with great battery life
- Sturdy and good looking design, slot-loading optical drive, fast performance
- Touch buttons are sometimes slow to respond, doesn't have draft-n wireless networking
This notebook is ideal for business users who want a big screen, good connectivity options and above all, a solidly built unit for the road. There's not much wrong with it at all.
Price$ 1,639.00 (AUD)
Business users want a big screen, plenty of storage space and a fast dual-core CPU; and they're willing to pay for it. That's what Dell has learned from its biggest ever research project into the small business market, and it has incorporated all these things into the Vostro 1510. The Vostro is a complete redesign for the SMB market, and takes into account business users' desire for better looks and more functions.
To this end, the Vostro 1510 is quite thin — its base measures 15mm at the font and about 22mm at the rear. It has a glossy lid and a magnesium alloy chassis with a graphite design. It looks good and it also feels very sturdy. The chassis doesn't bend when you lift it with one hand from either corner, and its lid is very strong and won't flex easily. It has an elegant-looking slot-loading optical drive, which can be controlled using touch buttons that reside just above the keyboard. (One of these the eject button; there is no physical eject button next to the drive.)
On the inside, the 1510 packs plenty of grunt: it has an Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 CPU, which runs at 2.4GHz, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 160GB hard drive, which spins at 7200rpm. These combined to produce a score of 94 in our WorldBench 6 benchmark, which is a fast score. Its score of 1min 9sec in our MP3 encoding test is also faster than we were expecting. It will easily accomplish office tasks, as well as more taxing jobs such as photo editing; it will even do a reasonable job of 3-D rendering. Its GeForce 8400M GS graphics card isn't a powerhouse, but with a score of 1669 in 3DMark06, it's not too bad for running older games and perhaps even some new ones at low quality settings.
The 1510 has a 15.4in widescreen display; it has a 1440x900 resolution, which is convenient for lining up windows side by side, and it doesn't have a glossy coating. This means you won't notice any glare if you use it under fluorescent lights in your office. It has good contrast, adequate viewing angles and it isn't overly bright. A webcam is built into the top bezel, next to an array microphone (the notebook also has a separate microphone port), so it's well equipped for online conferencing and taking memos. The speakers either side of the keyboard do a decent job, but they aren't overly loud and they struggle to reproduce a full range of sound. Their volume can be controlled using the touch buttons, but the response is a little delayed. After using the 1510 for many hours, we found its keyboard and trackpad to be very comfortable. The keys provide ample travel, and the trackpad is precise, feels smooth, and doesn't stick. Heat also isn't a problem after prolonged use and the notebook's exhaust fan isn't annoyingly loud. Its weight of 2.7kg (without the power supply) means that it can be a little awkward to lug around, but it's actually quite light for a 15.4in notebook.
We were very impressed with the 1510's battery life, which, in our worst-case scenario test, lasted 2hr 39min. With a sensible power consumption profile, it will last much longer, making it ideal for long plane trips within Australia. The battery is a nine-cell model and has a rating of 7800mAh, and it's quite big — it sticks out of the rear by approximately 2cm.
When you first boot up the 1510, it will take 57sec before it's ready to use in the Windows Vista Business environment, and that's with all of Dell's pre-loaded utilities enabled. It will recover from 'sleep' mode in under 3sec. It doesn't ship with any pre-installed trial software, for which we're thankful. For security, you can use the built-in fingerprint reader, and the unit also has a Trusted Platform Module.
The unit has good connectivity options: four USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, Bluetooth 2.0, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an EpxressCard/54 slot, an SD card reader and a D-Sub port, and we're pleased it doesn't include a built-in modem. However, we wish it had 802.11 draft-n networking, which would nicely complement the notebook's other powerful features.
Note: the price of $1639 is for the model that comes with the 6-cell battery, not the 9-cell.
Join the PC World newsletter!
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® Portable SSD
Huawei Mate 9
Google Daydream VR headset
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Acer Swift 7
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Venom Blackbook Zero 14 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- More iPad screen sizes unlikely to stop slump
- Android struggling in tablets as Windows 10 2-in-1s come on strong
- Samsung unveils Galaxy Book, a Windows 10 tablet aimed at the Surface-curious
- Everything we think we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3
- Lenovo's ThinkPad P71 will work with HTC, Oculus VR headsets
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- First look at the Formula 1 2017 pit lane in Melbourne, Australia
- LG 2017 OLED and Super LED UHD 4K TVs: Hands-on review
- Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- TPBusiness Analyst - PeopleSoft HR/Payroll ProjectVIC
- TPPerformance Test Analyst - Perth BasedQLD
- FTInfrastructure ArchitectVIC
- FTMonitoring Tools Support l NimSoft , SMARTS, ehealth, TivoliNSW
- CCDevOps/Senior Sys Admin - eCommerce - Contract - Sydney Northern BeachesNSW
- TPProject SchedulerVIC
- CCLevel 1 IT Support OfficerACT
- FTJunior Applications SupportQLD
- FTDevOps/Senior Sys Admin - eCommerce - Permanent - Sydney Northern BeachesNSW
- TPBusiness Change ManagerQLD
- TPDeployment EngineerVIC
- TPTest AnalystQLD
- FT.Net DeveloperVIC
- TPBusiness Implementation ManagerNSW
- FTFull Stack DeveloperWA
- FTNetwork Infrastructure Development EngineerNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst AgileQLD
- FTInfrastructure ArchitectNSW
- CC.NET Developer!QLD
- TPAnalyst Programmer (.Net)SA
- FTRACF Mainframe Security Analysts / Engineers - Multiple Roles - SydneyNSW
- FTIT Security Team LeadNSW
- TPSenior .NET Developer - Contract roleWA
- CCApplication Support Specialist- Bathurst or Port MacquarieNSW