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Dell Vostro 2510 Ad  (Source: Engadget)
Vostro 2510 is aimed at the business user

Every year when back-to-school time rolls around, hoards of laptops are released and prices drop to try to lure shoppers to purchase. A new business-focused notebook from Dell called the Vostro 2510 has surfaced in an ad inside a Dell Business Flyer for August 2008 reports Engadget.

According to the ad that surfaced, the Dell Vostro 2510 will be available starting at $899. Details from the ad show for your money you get an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, Vista Business, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB HDD, 256MB NVIDIA 8400M GS graphics and a webcam built-in.

In the ad pictured on Engadget, a URL is given, and at the time of writing the URL gives a page not found error. Engadget reports that the page was available before. The Canadian Dell site does have specs available for the notebook with prices starting at $1,159 CAD.

The Vostro 2510 base notebook uses an Intel Core 2 Duo T5670 CPU running at 1.8GHz. Optional CPUs for the notebook include the Core 2 Duo T5870 and Core 2 Duo T9500. The operating system can be upgraded from Vista Business to Vista Ultimate. Two options are available for the display including the standard 15.4-inch wide screen WXGA+ and the optional 15.4-inch UltraSharp WUXGA.

The Vostro 2510 can be optioned with up to 4GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD or a 32GB SSD. The SSD option adds $230 CND to the price. A Blu-ray drive is optional as is Dell 802.11n wireless networking. Battery choices include a 6-cell Li-Ion or a 9-cell Li-Ion. The 2510 weighs 5.72 pounds with the 6-cell battery and measures 14.6-inches wide x 1 to 1.5-inch high x 10.16-inches deep.

Earlier this week, Dell announced a lower cost notebook called the Inspiron 13 that retails for under $700.

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Looks gorgeous!
By ksherman on 7/31/2008 3:07:16 PM , Rating: 2
Dell is on the right track! Seems nicely priced too.

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By InsidiousAngel on 7/31/2008 3:15:21 PM , Rating: 1
If it's still built like the 3 Vostro 1400's I bought for the IT staff, then forget it. Feels more like a Fisher-Price toy than a laptop. Very cheaply made.

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By frobizzle on 7/31/2008 4:17:51 PM , Rating: 2
If it's still built like the 3 Vostro 1400's I bought for the IT staff, then forget it. Feels more like a Fisher-Price toy than a laptop. Very cheaply made.

But they're including a complimentary copy of Microsoft Bob with the first 1000 units sold!

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By Samus on 7/31/2008 7:18:16 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody builds notebooks like Lenovo.

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By noirsoft on 8/1/2008 2:22:37 AM , Rating: 1
And thank the gods for that. I would rather buy a dell than be paid to use an IBM/Lenovo notebook.

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By Parhel on 8/1/2008 2:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
Nonsense. We have thousands of laptops deployed in our company, all either Dell or IBM/Lenovo. Lenovo may cost more, but they are very high quality and nothing if not reliable.

Don't misunderstand me . . . Dell also makes good laptops, but ThinkPads are the gold standard for quality.

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By IvanAndreevich on 8/1/2008 3:06:37 AM , Rating: 3
No. Nobody builds them like IBM used to. Lenovo is downhill from there, comparing my T60 with my X31 and T41...

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By DaveSylvia on 8/1/2008 9:45:10 AM , Rating: 1
Actually Lenovo has been manufacturering IBM's laptops behind the scenes for years. Your T41 and possibly even your X31 were made by Lenovo - just branded by IBM. Only since 2005 has that portion of the business been spun off into its own entity. I've setup hundreds of T60 and T61 laptops and yeah a few have been bad but definitely within reason. The build quality is still top-notch as far as laptops go.

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By cheetah2k on 8/3/2008 7:27:34 PM , Rating: 2
Build quality is always going to be questionable with any Dell laptop, whether it be paint rubbing off, LCD panels failing (dead pixels, etc), or just bad assembly - Just get used to it...

However, in my mind, it all comes down to communication, support and service.

I have a Dell XPS 1730, and I have had 3 x LCD panel replacements, 1 x keyboard replacement (LED backlight failed) and a battery replacement.

Dell have replaced all of the parts (onsite & hassel free) under warranty without question, in good time and with good communication (contacting me to tell me parts available and earliest onsite repair date), and to be honest, with this level of support I've been able to get past the early niggles, and find myself totally happy with it.

When it comes to warranty (and onsite support) both HP and Lenovo have let me down (and wasted my time) in this regard, in the past. Both HP and Lenovo service centres in Australia are few and far between, and rarely do they offer onsite repairs, which means I have to run around during Mon-Fri business hours (in my work time) to drop off/pick up.

I would definately buy dell again based on this experience, and knowing a warranty repair is only a phone call away.

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By Souka on 7/31/2008 7:12:02 PM , Rating: 2
Hey InsidiousAngel

Try buying a Thinkpad for your IT staff... if you do, you'll feel like all brands are Fisher-Price feeling after using them for a few days...

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By StevoLincolnite on 7/31/2008 8:18:06 PM , Rating: 1
Or Perhaps a Toshiba Tecra, They are built like a brick shit-house.

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By afkrotch on 8/1/2008 4:17:49 AM , Rating: 2
Thinkpads blow goats. Get a Toughbook. Crap specs, heavy weight, and can fall off the Sears Tower without breaking. All for a price tag that'll choke your boss.

I used to use a Toughbook CF-74. We had them at work and I hauled it along for a training class in the states. Rugged as hell, but hauling around a 10 lbs laptop (not really the weight) through an airport blows.

RE: Looks gorgeous!
By StevoLincolnite on 8/1/2008 7:00:00 AM , Rating: 2
I've always found the weight of a notebook which is about 5-8 Kilo's isn't -that- much of a drama for me, That little bit of weight doesn't hurt me in anyway, and probably does more good than harm exercise wise, probably why I usually just chuck my laptop under my arms and I'm off.

I don't know why people complain about the weight that much is it really such a big issue these days for everything to be Light Weight? Or am I just easy going and not bothered by such things, and never even include such things on a checklist when buying Notebooks?

By jimpaka on 7/31/2008 3:18:21 PM , Rating: 2
Is it just me or is there absolutely nothing new about this laptop? I mean yes it's a new model but does that constitute posting an entire article about it? Especially since it's a budget model with specs we're all very familiar with...

RE: Uninteresting
By elgueroloco on 7/31/2008 4:22:12 PM , Rating: 1
I totally agree. Nothing on this laptop is new or exciting. All the components are at least a year old. And the price? 1159? Are you kidding me? You could get that system from HP right now for 900. Dell is way overpriced.

In fact, for 200 more, I just got a Gateway with a t7500 core 2 duo (I believe it's 2.1GHz, 800 MHz FSB), 4 GB ddr2, vista ultimate, 8800M GTS w/512MB GDDR3, DVD Burner, Wi-fi, webcam, etc. All that for 1389 including shipping. (It was on Now, granted, it's a Gateway, so who knows if it will be any good, but that's a way way better value than this stupid Dell.

RE: Uninteresting
By elgueroloco on 7/31/2008 4:36:57 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I see. 1159 was the Canadian price. You can get it for 899 in the US. This makes perfect sense.

Special, expensive imaging technology is required in the Canadian webcam in order to accurately image their beady little eyes and flapping heads all full of lies.

RE: Uninteresting
By Icelight on 8/1/2008 2:06:03 PM , Rating: 2
Dell: Following the exchange rate of the 1990's since 2008.

RE: Uninteresting
By gerf on 7/31/2008 6:02:42 PM , Rating: 2
I've had my laptop for almost 10 months now, a Vostro 1500 originally offered with: 1.6GHz CPU (upgradable to 2GHz for $300), 2GB DDR2, 8400m 256MB DDR2, 80GB hdd, 15", DVD+/-RW, 54WHr battery, for $800 USD. I got an 85WHr battery and 3 year warranty, and it cost me just a fuzz over $1000, after taxes and shipping, via Dell Business.

So really, I have no idea what the big deal is either.

RE: Uninteresting
By Ne0 on 8/1/2008 1:26:59 PM , Rating: 2
I've had my Vostro 1500 for 5-6 months now as well (it's built pretty solid) - the Vostro 1000 felt cheap but this one feels solid. Specs: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache), Windows Vista, 15.4" Wide Screen LCD Display w/TrueLife™, 2GB DDR2 Ram, 160GB Free Fall Sensor Hard Drive 7200RPM, DVD-Burner, Geforce 8600M GT 256MB, Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Wi-Fi Mini Card, Integrated 2.0 Megapixel Webcam, 85 WHr 9 cell battery. I got it for a little bit over $900 after taxes with free shipping. There was a $300 off coupon (from fatwallet, slickdeals, dealnews - one of those sites). Crappy camera phone pics:

RE: Uninteresting
By Indianapolis on 8/1/2008 11:14:40 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's red.

By Sulphademus on 7/31/2008 3:30:58 PM , Rating: 2
Is not the NVIDIA 8400M one of the chips which is beginning to fail on people?

Could we have some assurances that this is a revised chip/fab process or the option for a different (NVidia or ATI) GPU?

RE: NVidia
By phaxmohdem on 7/31/2008 4:11:04 PM , Rating: 3
My thoughts exactly. While I'm a Thinkpad whore, I was actually digging the laptop until I read "8400M" Then the warning bells started to ring.

RE: NVidia
By jabber on 8/3/2008 7:07:10 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, wont be buying one of these with a Nvidia chip in it.

Wont touch anything with a 8*** series chip in it.

Dell can only be doing this to clear out the warehouse of poor graphics chips or cos they are masochists.

I just avoided buying a 1530, thank my lucky stars!

US/Canada Links
By KaraatDELL on 8/1/2008 12:52:43 PM , Rating: 4
Just an FYI, here are the links to the Vostro 2510 product pages with tech specs:


For more details about the 2510, check out the vlog on our small business blog at

Also, for those of you wondering about NVIDIA, the Vostro 2510 ships with all the latest BIOS updates. Customers with questions about the GPU should see Lionel’s post at

Kara Krautter
Dell Small Business Community Manager

RE: US/Canada Links
By crystal clear on 8/2/2008 5:34:43 AM , Rating: 2
I think its not too late to provide your buyers the option to choose between Nvidia & AMD/ATU.

Let the buyer choose/decide what he wants on this laptop.

Those software updates serve as a workaround to the problem that persist Nvidia products.

As an analyst puts in simple language-

"It all points to substantial execution problems which we do not believe the company can dramatically fix in one or two quarters."

Form 8-K for NVIDIA CORP- states the following-

There can be no assurance that we will not discover defects in other MCP or GPU products.

Just a suggestion.....

The ads surfaced, but no surface.
By greylica on 7/31/2008 6:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
Good one, a friend of mine thinking that these laptops will come with Microsoft surface tecnology and myself trying to explain that the only surface this laptop reached is the surface of the adds on the media....

At least, no fingertips on screen.

By greylica on 7/31/2008 6:48:46 PM , Rating: 2
Ohhhh, the title again,

Ads emerged, not surfaced...


Looks nice but...
By IvanAndreevich on 8/1/08, Rating: 0
RE: Looks nice but...
By TomZ on 8/1/2008 4:57:07 PM , Rating: 3
You need to realize that many people have different needs than you do. For example, I prefer a 17" high-resolution display for the work I do on my laptop, and I don't mind the extra weight.

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