Our Dell Vostro V131 review unit provided excellent battery life. It has a 6-cell Li-ion 65 WHr, 11.1V battery and a 65W adapter. In our battery life test, we set Windows 7 to the “Balanced” power profile, reduced the display brightness to 70 percent, connected to a wireless network, and refreshed a web page every minute. The V131 was able to deliver 9 hours and 2 minutes; we were extremely pleased with this result, especially considering we didn’t disable the backlighting on the keyboard. The good battery life is due to factors like the second-generation Intel dual-core processor and balanced power consumption; users can get even more hours if they turn the screen brightness down and turn on power saver mode.
Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):
Heat and Noise
The notebook does a great job of regulating its heat despite it only having one exhaust vent on the left side. When we exerted it, the highest temperature we measured with our IR thermometer was 94 degrees Fahrenheit; measured on the backside, in the bottom-right corner. The lowest temperature taken was 83 degrees. And, thanks to the brushed aluminum throughout the entire design, the notebook stays cool to the touch. The V131 is very silent, as well. We opened six YouTube videos, Word, three different browsers, and several other programs and hardly any sound came from the fans or vent.
We believe the Dell Vostro V131 makes for a great small-to-medium business notebook. Aside from its low contrast display, the V131 provides amazing battery life (nine hours), has good overall performance thanks to its internal hardware, and it has some useful features such as a backlit keyboard and a fingerprint reader. Dell also gives you 15 months of free Trend Micro security, even if you go with the $499 model. The notebook also has two fast USB 3.0 ports, a comfortable keyboard and touchpad, and the preferred ‘office friendly’ matte display for easier viewing in a bright office. Things to be aware of: it doesn’t have a docking station port, and the lid of the display bends inward easily. This could make it a target for troubles while traveling or while being used for more than desk productivity.
- Good performance
- Superb battery life (9 hours)
- Two USB 3.0 ports
- 15 months of Trend Micro security included
- Comfortable backlit keyboard
- Lid bends easily
- Display has a low contrast ratio
- Poorly designed bottom panel