At the IFA 2012 I’ve spotted a new budget notebook model for businesses. It’s the Dell Vostro 2520, sporting a 15.6-inch display and lower-to-mid range Intel processors, from the Intel Celeron B820 to the Core i5-3210M. No dedicated video card options are availble.
The Vostro 2520 is somewhat similar with the Dell Inspiron 15 family, especially in the keyboard and trackpad area. The chiclet keys are decently-sized and have enough space between them for fewer typing mistakes, while the trackpad felt responsive and its buttons have a pleasant feel when clicking.
A big plus is anti-glare display, which can be rarely found on consumer class machines.
Regarding looks, the 2520 is entriely made of plastics which has burshed aluminum appearance on the palm rests, while the back is covered with textured matte plastics.
On the downside, the new entry Vostro is quite bulky and appears to be one of the thickest laptops on the market with its height of 1.36 inches.
The Vostro 2520 is currently available only on select markets. In Australia, for example, it retails for about $499 AUD and up.