Today we have another notebook from Dell’s business stable, the Vostro 3750. Like their Latitude series, the Vostro is also primarily targeted at business and corporate users who want a durable yet professional looking notebook. The Vostro series is a slightly less ‘hardcore’ version of the Latitude and while it may not have a magnesium alloy frame or steel hinges, it does come with a full aluminium casing for the exterior. The last Vostro - Vostro V130 - we reviewed turned out to be too expensive for the performance and features it had to offer; so can the new 3750 do any better?
Design and Build
The design is very similar to the V130 except that it’s not as slim or portable which is primarily due to the 17.3-inch WLED screen. Even at 3.0kg, it doesn’t feel very heavy due to good weight distribution of all the components. The body is built well and feels sturdy but the lid has too much flex, so much so that when you try and open it by holding the edge, you can clearly see it contorting.
Looks smart and built well
For connectivity, we have a total of four USB ports which includes two USB 3.0 ports. We also have a DVD burner, HDMI and VGA port, card reader, Express card slot and microphone and headphone jack. Opening up the lid, we have a full sized chiclet keyboard that is spaced out very well. The keys offer a good feedback and are comfortable enough for long typing sessions. Security is handled by a finger print scanner that can be used to log into Windows as well as other things like launch applications.
Shortcut buttons for quick access
Along with the power button, we have three shortcut buttons for quick settings, Dell support centre and one that you can customize for opening any application you choose. Unlike the smaller sized Vostro notebooks, the battery is removable this time and you have a choice between a 6-cell and a 9-cell battery. Let’s move on to the features of the notebook.
Dell has sent us a high-end version of the Vostro 3750 with all the bells and whistles. The notebook is powered by Intel’s Core i7 2630QM, which runs at 2.0GHz with the ability to Turbo up to 2.9GHz. To complement this, we have 6GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive and Nvidia’s GT 525M with Optimus technology. Other features include Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi ‘n’ and Gigabit Ethernet port.
USB 3.0 ports for faster data transfers
Just like the Latitude notebook, the Vostro 3750 also features Intel WiDi technology which lets you clone your desktop onto a TV wirelessly. Dell also bundles Roxio Creator Starter for data encryption. The notebook isn’t really designed for portability due to its size and is more of a desktop replacement.