The Dell Vostro 1520 is a notebook laptop that is compact, lightweight and affordable. It features a long battery life, Mobile Broadband and fast wireless connections as well as Intel Core 2 Duo processors and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.
The Dell Vostro 1520 measures 357 mm x 26.2 mm (front) ~ 38 mm (back) x 258 mm (W x H x D) in dimension and weighs approximately 2.4 kg including WLAN, hard drive and 4-cell battery. Externally accessible ports include four USB 2.0 compliant 4-pin ports, 15-pin VGA video connector, RJ45 network connector, modem optional external via USB port, AC adapter connector, headphone jack 4-pin IEEE 1394 port, 54 mm Express Card slot and an 8-in01 media memory card reader. In terms of wireless features, the Dell Vostro 1520 has 802.11 b/g capabilities as well as Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth capabilities. The Dell Vostro 1520 is powered by a 4-cell 38 WHr Lithium Ion battery. Alternatively, it can also be powered via a 6-cell 58 WHr Lithium ion battery or a 9 cell 87 WHr Lithium ion battery. There are also optional features including Biometric fingerprint reader with DigitalPersona software, Encrypted Hard Drive with Wave software and a trusted platform module 1.2 with Infineon TPM management Security Software. In terms of multimedia features, the Dell Vostro 1520 has two built-in speakers, and a 1.3 mega pixel camera that is situated above the display with a single digital microphone including Dell Webcam Central and Dell Video chat software. There is also a fixed, tray load 8x DVD+/- RW, Blu-Ray Disc (BD/ DVD/ CD read write) optical drive. In terms of primary storage, the Dell Vostro 1520 has a mobility solid state drive of 128 GB. As for the display, it is a Widescreen WXGA+ Anti glare LED display with TrueLife that measures 15.4 inches diagonally with a resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels. In terms of graphics features, the Dell Vostro 1520 incorporates Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 MHD or a 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS Graphic Card. As for system memory, the Dell Vostro 1520 can support up to 8 GB of dual channel 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory. Besides that, it also incorporates an Intel 45 Express chipset. As for its processor, the Dell Vostro 1520 incorporates an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9550 (2.66 GHz, 6 MB l2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB). Compatible operating systems include Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit, Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit, Genuine Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit, Genuine Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit with Downgrade Rights Service to Windows® XP Professional, Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit, Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit with Downgrade Rights Service to Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition, Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit, Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit with Downgrade Rights Service to Windows® XP Professional, Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit with Downgrade Rights Service to Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition, Genuine Windows Vista Business, and Genuine Windows Vista Business with Downgrade Rights Service to Windows® XP Professional.
“The Dell Vostro 1520 is sold by Dell as a small business targeted laptop. It has a 15.4? widescreen display, relatively thin design, and has a black glossy finish. The Vostro 1520 is an update to the Vostro 1510 laptop released last year by Dell. Though not a whole lot has changed in terms of design with the refresh of the Vostro 1520, the newer model is slightly thinner and lighter while still maintaining a sturdy build, and it does offer more powerful processor and graphics options.” (StudentBuyingGuide, 2009)
“The Dell Vostro 1520 is aimed at users with no exceptional demands of a notebook, who first and foremost need basic functions like e-mail, internet, word processing and image manipulation. Models with the matt screen are sensible for long-term office use and for travelling. Its low startingprice is also an important factor.
The machine may not offer any highlights in terms of its case, design or connectivity, but it does consistently meet the demands of a basic model for small to mid-size firms. This is also true of the keyboard and touchpad.” (NotebookCheck, 2009)
“The Vostro 1520 lacks niceties such as a keyboard light or Sleep-and-Charge USB ports, and it also doesn’t have HDMI or eSATA ports, but it does have FireWire, four USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard/54 slot, a fingerprint reader and good networking features. These features, along with its good battery life and reasonable weight, can be bought for a competitive price of $2048.” (PCWorld, 2009)