Dells Adds Ivy Bridge to a Pair of Desktops
The Vostro is designed for businesses and has modest specs that are ideal for office-type applications. At the entry level, the Vostro 470 includes a 3rd-generation Intel Core i5-3450 (3.10GHz, 3,5GHz Turbo) processor, integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, 500GB (7200RPM) HDD, 16X CD/DVD burner, and a Dell keyboard and mouse, in addition to Windows 7, Microsoft Office Starter Kit (i.e., reduced-functionality Word and Excel), fifteen months of Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security, and a one-year limited Dell Basic warranty with NBD onsite service. Of course, there are ample upgrade options, which can take the price past $800, but the above configuration is just $549.
Vostro 470 with monitor
As you might expect, the XPS 8500 has more robust features. Billed as a multimedia powerhouse, the machine starts at $749.99 and includes an Intel Core i5-3450 (3.10GHz, 3,5GHz Turbo) processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, 1TB (7200 RPM) HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7570 graphics card, 16X CD/DVD burner, WiFi and Bluetooth, Dell keyboard and mouse, premium Dell warranty, Microsoft Office Starter, and a year of DataSafe 2.0 Online Backup (2GB).
However, the XPS 8500 also boasts higher-end options such as a 24-inch multitouch monitor with integrated webcam, Bose speakers, Intel Core i7-3770 processor (up to 3.90 GHz turbo), 12GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, 2TB (7200RPM) HDD with a 32GB SSD, and loads of software options. A top-end XPS 8500 will run you upwards of $1300.