The Dell Vostro 270s is a new addition to the company’s small form factor desktop PC lineup. Since it’s a member of the Vostro lineup, the 270s is aimed at budget-conscious small business users. This model, revealed at the 2012 IFA Show, offers a variety of lower-to-mid class dual-core Intel CPUs including the Celeron G460, Pentium G630, Core i3 2120 and 3220, as well as the i5 3450s as the most powerful CPU option offered.
The i3 3220 and i5 3450 belong to the latest Intel “Ivy Bridge” CPU family and this is the most important update over the Vostro 260s. Other nice touches are Wi-Fi connectivity, which is now a standard feature, and a faster USB 3.0 speed on two out of eight USB ports. The design has changed only slightly, with minor changes on the front panel.
The slim and compact form factor with dimensions of 271 x 100 x 376 millimeters or 10.67 x 3.94 x 14.80 inches has a much smaller footprint than the Vostro 470 mini-tower for example, measuring 400 x 175 x 360 mm. The downside here is that there’s a smaller space for hard and optical drives on the 270s, accommodating only one 3.5″ HDD and 5.25″ ODD bay. Also there’s no room for full-size video cards, so the PC uses only half-height cards.
Graphics options are the Intel HD integrated on the CPUs or the low profile Nvidia GeForce 620 dedicated with 1GB DDR3 VRAM. RAM is up to 8GB, while storage goes up to 2TB. Optical drive choices include DVD-ROM, DVD burner, and Blu-ray Combo. Also worth mentioning are HDMI output and a multi-in-one card reader.
Pricing and availability are still unknown, but it will be probably about the same or a bit higher priced than the $300+ 260s.