DellThe VAR Guy  has been seeing more action in the PC space as vendors begin to see tablets and other mobile devices as a threat to their customer base. Laptops are becoming thinner, faster and more feature-laden, while their prices are seemingly dropping like a stone. The latest vendor to join the race is Dell with its newest line of ultraportable laptops aimed at the business market. Here are the quick details on the new machines ...

The Vostro 3000 series, which features long battery life and a slew of features designed to promote collaboration, looks to be aiming at the same target Lenovo has been hitting recently. Dell is promising "premium design" and more than 12 hours of battery life for the Vostros, which come in 13-inch, 14-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch sizes and feature Intel Core-i series CPUs. SRS Premium "Voice Pro" software is also included for improved voice collaboration, which compliments a full-HD webcam (sorry, not available in the 13-inch model).

The Vostro line also features the "chiclet" style keyboard that seems to be the latest trend in keyboards and an aluminum finish with three colors to choose from: silver, red and bronze. They also have DDR3 and USB 3.0 standard with a fingerprint reader. The VAR Guy gives a big thumbs up for that feature (no pun intended), since security can be a top concern for SMBs. In addition, Dell has thrown in Trend Micro business security software.

The VAR Guy also gives a thumbs up to the price range -- the 13-inch model 3350 is list-priced at $599, which is the most expensive of the bunch. The 14-inch model 3450 and 15-inch 3550 are both $499, while the 17-inch model 3750 is priced at $549.

The Vostro line also can come with varying levels of 24x7 IT support with optional Dell ProSupport services for SMBs that need it.

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