Last week, Dell previewed its new Vostro 460 desktop that the company says is designed for small- and mid-sized businesses. Available on Tuesday, the Vostro 460 will be sold at a starting price of $599, and joins other vendors such as HP, which also unveiled desktop machines targeted at SMBs at CES 2011. What stands out about Dell's new workstation is its inclusion of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors-the only other machines that currently include them are gaming rigs.
The decision to use the new Intel processors was a deliberate one, and can be evidenced by Dell comments on its company blog:
The Vostro 460 is also the first SMB desktop PC offering the new Intel Sandy Bridge Quad Core processors.
Indeed, a senior marketing manager at Dell told InformationWeek:
We made it a priority to be out there with Intel [Sandy Bridge] as fast as we could.
The default configuration of the Vostro 460 comes with a Core i5-2400 3.1GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard disk drive and integrated graphics. Businesses that require a little more oomph can opt for a Core i7-2600 for its hyperthreading capabilities, or upgrade RAM and storage to 16GB and 3TB, respectively (default is 2GB of RAM and 320GB of storage). An ample number of USB 2.0 ports (eight) are included as standard, as well as an HDMI output.
In addition, the desktop has support for up to four monitors as an option, though it is understood that no monitors are included in the $599 package. Other options include a USB 3.0 capability using an internal add-on card, a Blu-ray disc drive, 7.1 HD sound and discrete graphics using either a 1GB Nvidia or ATI HD graphics card. What I found strange was the lack of any SSD (solid-state drive) option, though hard disk drive options of up to 1.5TB of 7200RPM disks are available.
The preinstalled operating system includes Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate in both 32-bit and 64-bit options. Probably as a way to keep prices low, the base price is for the Home Premium edition of Windows 7 only; an additional $70 is required to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional. Finally, businesses can opt for various levels of IT support via Dell ProSupport services, according to eWeek.
The Vostro 460 can be ordered directly from Dell's website here, which, in typical Dell fashion, allows you to customize all the above-mentioned options.