We may be stating this too early, but the Dell Vostro 3750 which recently dropped by our review quarters makes a really good first impression. If you aren’t aware, enterprise class is the game this notebook plays and its specifications suggest the same. Well, someone who’s completely unaware of the company’s main motto behind this piece of hardware is sure to mistake it for an entertainment rig. And they might not be wholly incorrect. Now who wouldn’t enjoy watching a movie on a display that stretches to around 17 inches wide?
Here’s what we’ve got:
Based on the specifications we derived from this high-end version of the Vostro series, we’re somewhat impressed with the entire bundle. Firstly, we could clearly hear the loud shout of high performance from the 2GHz Intel Core i7 2630QM Sandy Bridge processor, discreet 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 525M graphics card and 6GB of RAM to go the extra mile in multitasking. And that’s just the specs scratching the surface. Further components include a 750GB HDD for storage needs, a 17.3-inch HD LED backlit anti-glare display for viewing pleasure and all features the Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition has to offer.
This bulky device weighs around 3kgs and in terms of dimension, the reading is 418.4mm x 34.8mm x 286.7mm. Whilst cruising along the outer panel, we crossed paths with four LED indicators on the front, a UBS/eSATA port on the left along with an HDMI socket, an 8-in-1 card reader, a mic as well as a headphone jack. On the right and the rear, the notebook sports three USB ports in all, two with the 3.0 interface and one powered by 2.0, an optical drive, a 34mm ExpressCard slot, a standard VGA port and finally, an Ethernet socket.
Designed for business or pleasure?
The Dell Vostro 3750 laptop’s got no looks to kill, but sturdiness and class is what the company has dressed it up with. A real business user’s preference, we’d say. Instead of a glossy finish that we found on the Dell Inspiron N5110, this notebook flaunts an aluminum casing through which it portrays a highly durable as well as rugged appearance. The feel however gets a bit deteriorated when you find out that the upper cover flexes inwards upon a substantial amount of weight being applied to it. There shouldn’t be a direct threat to the display here, although the company seems to have missed out on some inner framework. Going by its size, high portability doesn’t really seem to be within the device’s blueprints. However, the 17-inch screen and full sized keyboard beats maintaining separate PCs for work and home any day.
The anti-glare HD display seems perfect for long working hours and the Windows 7 UI that it portrays is almost perfect. Besides that, the screen is wide enough to handle two side-by-side windows without the need of scrolling left or right for uncovering more content. Typing was no pain on the finger either. The keyboard had its buttons well spaced out. And soft as they were, the full sized layout was even prepared to take on accidental liquid spills. The glossy coating which was applied to the surface between each button only glamorized its entire appearance. The company also offers an optional backlit keyboard for working in low light conditions. And security isn’t a problem here at all. One thing’s for certain – that it’s not going to be a walk in the park for unauthorized users to breach this system whilst the fingerprint scanner is active.
The little extras:
The Dell Vostro 3750 has an ample amount of productive offerings. Navigation is a breeze through the multi-touch trackpad. Instead of holding a scroll partition, the Dell touchpad allowed us to conveniently zoom in or out, rotate images, resize them and even browse websites though simple gestures. There are a bunch of other features to enhance productivity as well. The card reader supports SD, MMC and MS memory options, the two USB 3.0 ports ensure high speed data transfers and the 34mm ExpressCard slot allows peripheral devices to be connected easily. We also came across the Windows Virtual PC tool that houses the Windows XP mode which could appear ideal for businesses that have recently migrated from older versions of Windows.
Performance when you need it the most and the things you can do during leisure time:
From the very moment we powered up this fine piece of hardware, slow speeds and lags seemed things of the past. Well, why wouldn’t they? With the Intel Core i7 2630QM Sandy Bridge processor, discreet 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 525M graphics and 6GB of RAM, performance was at no compromised level here. Even applications started instantly and browsing the web was as easy as cutting cake. The HDD that came bundled with the Vostro 3750 laptop hosted a capacity of 750GB and stood up to be well reliable through substantially high read and write speeds. Storage-wise, it offered ample amount of space for hoarding documents and other business related content. Although, options for an internal SSD could have proved more effective, the laptop comes with a USB/eSATA port through which external drives can be conveniently attached.
Watching movies on the Dell Vostro 3750 was truly a delight too. And that wasn’t all we did during the time spent with it. A little killing and zombie slaughter also went down through the Call of Duty: Back Ops title. With the Intel Turbo Boost technology active and all in-game settings placed on high, a decent 45fps – 50fps is what we derived during gameplay. So we’re certain that increasing business productivity isn’t the only thing which this device caters to. Moving on to battery life, approximately an hour is what you can expect in high performance mode. However, the Dell optimized mode delivered around 3 hours of constant HD video playback.
The Dell multi-touch touchpad makes it convenient to perform a range of operations through simple gestures.
The 17.3-inch anti-glare display is highly suitable for working with multiple open windows.
The Intel Core i7 2630QM Sandy Bridge processor and 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 525M graphics provide a strong dose of performance for business and entertainment as well.
The eSATA port and 34mm ExpressCard slot delivers high flexibility for connecting peripherals.
The switchable graphics option creates a good blend of performance and power consumption.
Given the size of the display, full HD resolution was among our initial expectations.
The aluminum casing covering the lid feels a bit fragile towards the center.
Along with an internal HDD, options for an SSD could prove more effective for professional use.
Driven by performance, a weight of 3kgs isn’t ideal for high portability, in our books.
The time we spent with the Dell Vostro 3750 was filled with no regrets at all. And pertaining to its offerings, the company has indeed done a good job in creating an ideal companion for work life. A price starting at $549 or Rs. 49,990 is what you can expect if you plan on picking up one for yourself. Based on the specs sheet and the many hours of intensive reviewing we’ve put in, there’s no doubt that a piece of hardware like this deserves a 9 out of 10 rating.