For an entry-level 12.1-inch ultraportable laptop, the Vostro 1220 sure is purdy. An upgrade from the Vostro 1200, this series is aimed at nail technicians, boxercise instructors and dog walkers who want to save a few quid and don't need high-end features such as the Centrino vPro platform in the Latitude lineup.
Sporting a glossy red or dreary black chassis, this laptop comes with a Core 2 Duo chip and an impressive claimed battery life of up to nine hours with the extended cell. Weighing about 1.5kg with the standard six-cell battery and integrated optical drive, this machine is surprisingly affordable, starting at £369.
Optional extras include a fingerprint sensor, a solid-state drive and an integrated webcam. Dell's tech specs page -- and the image above -- indicate Blu-ray is an option, but none of the models currently on offer give you any choice over the optical drive. The machine is available globally now.