Review Dell Vostro 1000 Notebook

Low Price Vostro. Since last year Dell has equipped its notebooks with AMD processors. The Vostro 1000 belongs to the second generation of these laptops based on Intel's competitor platform, which should be cheaper as a rule. This series, which is also meant for small companies, differs from other representatives of this new range, because it doesn't have a modern case. Actually, it got the one, which was already used for its predecessor.

Case

The Vostro 1000 surprised us right after opening the box. We supposed it looks similar to the Vostro 1500 with the same screen size, which means like a modified Inspiron 1520. However, it turned out that the Vostro 1000 looks like an Inspiron 1501 in black. It is one of the 'low-end' notebooks in Dell's product range.

The dark color is unostentatious. The top case is more or less smooth, whereas the back panel seems rather matte.

The Vostro 1000 looks not very attractive, on the contrary, it appears to be heavy. This notebook actually weighs a lot, so, this impression proves to be true. Actually, it even weighs too much for a proper mobile computer, so, it's rather desk-bound.

The base unit of Vostro 1000 is made of plastic, but, in contrast to other Vostros without any use of magnesium alloy. Typical Dell, it is nevertheless perfectly solid. We didn't notice any weaknesses.

The display cover is made of plastic as well. It doesn't yield. However, it wobbles, if closed. Most new Dell models have this weakness in common. The transport hook is black and not silver, so, it fits nicely to the case.

The hinges are sizable and efficient, but, if one moves this notebook while open, the display wobbles a bit.

Typical Dell most of the interfaces are located at the back side. Furthermore, there aren't many provided.

Front Side: No Interfaces
Dell Vostro 1000 Interfaces
Left Side: Fan, Kensington Lock, Optical Drive
Dell Vostro 1000 Interfaces
Right Side: ExpressCard, Audio, Cardreader, 2x USB
Dell Vostro 1000 Interfaces
Back Side: Power Connector, LAN, Modem, 2x USB, VGA, Fan
Dell Vostro 1000 Interfaces

Input Devices

The keyboard is the same as of the Inspiron 1501.

The size of the keys is satisfying. The right Shift looks really huge.

The keys have an easy stroke, so, one doesn't need to type forcefully. On the other hand, the cushion is quite hard, but, not yet tiresome for the user. We felt that the keyboard is rather quiet.

The touch pad is alright. The pad provides labeled scroll areas. Its buttons are soft, with long, yet not excessively long travel. They are quiet and reliable.

Touch pad
Dell Vostro 1000
Keyboard
Dell Vostro 1000

Display

Color Diagram
Dell Vostro 1000

The reviewed Vostro 1000 was equipped with a matte 15.4" WXGA display. The maximum brightness is alright, as it amounts to 179.8cd/m². The illumination of 75.5% is also not bad. The black level is pretty high (1.1cd/m²), therefore the maximum contrast is only 163:1, which is rather moderate.

148,3
cd/m²
163,8
cd/m²
153,1
cd/m²
135,7
cd/m²
162,5
cd/m²
139,9
cd/m²
152,0
cd/m²
179,8
cd/m²
144,7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 179,8 cd/m²
Average: 152.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 75 %
Black: 1.2 cd/m²
Contrast: 135:1
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The matte screen is fit for outdoor usage.

Unfortunately, the viewing angles are narrow.The horizontal ones are average, but, the vertical ones are poor.

Dell Vostro 1000 Viewing Angles
Dell Vostro 1000 Viewing Angles
Dell Vostro 1000 Viewing Angles
Dell Vostro 1000 Viewing Angles
Dell Vostro 1000 Viewing Angles
Dell Vostro 1000 Viewing Angles
Dell Vostro 1000 Viewing Angles
Dell Vostro 1000 Viewing Angles

Performance

The reviewed Vostro 1000 was equipped with the new mobile processor by AMD. It belongs to the latest of the 'Tyler' range, but is called Athlon 64 X2 TK-53 (1.7GHz). It differs from the identically clocked Turion 64 X2 TL-56 by providing only 512kB L2 Cache, which is half the L2 Cache of the Turion X2 TL-56.

The integrated Radeon Xpress 1150 video card is the provided video solution.

The reviewed Vostro 1000 come with a rather slow 80GB Fujitsu hard drive. Its average access time was 23.5ms with is very long.

3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE4833 points
3DMark 031417 points
3DMark 05700 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
219 points
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3DMark 06 in comparison
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 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
68
   ...
Asus EEE PC 1015PX
 N570, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
164
Acer Extensa 5220
 540, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
177
Dell Vostro 1000
 TK-53, Radeon Xpress 1150
219
Acer Aspire One D270-26Dbb
 N2600, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
276
Asus Eee PC 1011CX
 N2600, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
285
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Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
PC Mark
PCMark 044333 points
PCMark 052618 points
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PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
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Dell Latitude XT
 U7600, Radeon Xpress 1250
2606
Toshiba Portégé A600-13Y
 SU9300, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
2608
Dell Vostro 1000
 TK-53, Radeon Xpress 1150
2618
Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E
 U5400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
2641
Lenovo X60s
 L2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2707
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Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
80 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 46 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 33 MB/s
Access Time: 23 ms
Burst Rate: 67 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2 %

Emissions

Loudness

The first Dell's laptop with AMD processor was very quiet. The Vostro 1000  behaves in a similar fashion. In idle mode, when the computer is placed on the desk, the fan paces itself. When working with browser and Internet on the lap, the fan starts to run and whirs constantly (34.3dB) from that moment on. The same noise level is noticeable during work with load.

Noise Level

Idle 32,2 / 32,2 / 32,3 dB(A)
HDD 32,3 dB(A)
DVD 36,5 / dB(A)
Load 34,3 / 34,3 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Vostro 1000's case gets warmer the same way its predecessor, the Inspiron 1501, does. The bottom side gets considerably warm, exceeding 44°C. On the contrary, the top side stays always cold.

Max. Load
 32 °C34,9 °C36,3 °C 
 29,3 °C32,5 °C34,5 °C 
 28,8 °C32 °C32,2 °C 
Maximum: 36,3 °C
Average: 32.1 °C
44,2 °C41 °C34,1 °C
43,6 °C41,6 °C28,5 °C
29,0 °C28,1 °C29,1 °C
Maximum: 44,2 °C
Average: 35.2 °C
Room Temperature 22,5 °C

Speakers

The speakers are enough for providing some sort of sound, but we don't recommend putting them on maximum volume. In this case the high tones turn into rasping wheeze.

Battery Runtime

Because the reviewed notebook was only equipped with a 4-cell (29Whr) battery, the battery runtime proved to be very short. It ranges from 40 minutes under full load to a little more than a hour-and-a-half with emphasis on energy saving (with minimum brightness of the screen one can comfortably work in a room).

So, if one looks toward mobility, it's better to order battery with higher capacity (53Whr or 85Whr).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
1h 41min
DVD
0h 46min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 37min

Power Consumption

Idle 18.6 / 21 / 25 Watt
Load 49.5 / 52.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Dell thought it is not worth the effort to develop it in a special way, and has launched an AMD-based Vostro 1000 using on old  Inspiron 1501 design. Naturally, this was a cost-minimizing measure.

Accordingly, potential buyers might be discouraged by the old-fashioned look of the Vostro 1000. On the plus side, the chassis is all black and doesn't get stained quickly by those nasty fingerprints. Too bad this laptop is so heavy, especially compared to its competitors.

However, the Vostro 1000 is intended for simple, casual everyday tasks (web browsing, text editing) and not much more.

The biggest pros are quiet operation and a matte screen. The con is an awfully short battery runtime (with the provided 29Whr battery).

Many thanks to our partners of Notebookcheck Polen for this review.

Dell Vostro 1000
Dell Vostro 1000
Reviewed: Dell Vostro 1000
Dell Vostro 1000

Specifications

Dell Vostro 1000

:: Processor
AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-53 1.7 GHz
:: Mainboard
ATI RS480
:: Memory
1024 MB, Nanya 1024MB PC-4300 DDR2, 2x512MB
:: Graphics adapter
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150, Core: 100 MHz, Memory: 400 MHz, up to 320MB Shared Memory
:: Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
80 GB - 5400 rpm, 80 GB 5400 rpm Fujitsu MHW2080BH
:: Soundcard
Conexant
:: Connections
1 Express Card 54mm, 4 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 S-Video, Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, Card Reader: 3-in-1 Cardreader,
:: Networking
Broadcom 440x (10/100MBit), Dell 1390 WLAN Mini-Card (g )
:: Optical drive
PBDS DVD+-RW DS-8W1P
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 265 x 356 x 36
:: Weight
2.84 kg
:: Battery
29 Wh Lithium-Ion, Dell/Simplo, 4-Cells
:: Price
800 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP Home 32 Bit

 

Vostro 1000 is more or less a black Inspiron 1501.
Accordingly, this laptop looks really outdated,...
...but, this is a matter of taste.
The robustness of the plastic chassis is top notch.
Typical Dell, nothing yields or creaks.
Typing is rather quiet.
The heart of this laptop is indeed an Athlon 64 X2 CPU.

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Dell Vostro 1000

Pro

  • Quiet
  • Matte screen
  • Contra

  • Old-fashioned look
  • Heavy
  • Very short battery runtime of the 4-cell battery
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    Author: Tomasz Cyba, 2007-11-16 (Update: 2013-05- 8)