TECH: Dell’s All-In-One

One of the greatest tech challenges for home-based travel agents has been space. The newest addition to Dell’s Vostro line, designed for small businesses, addresses that concern while offering a comprehensive tech solution.

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The All-In-One, the line’s first all-in-one desktop computer, offers a range of Intel processors, including Celeron, Pentium, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad chips. Additionally, it can be paired with a VESA flexible mount, which, according to Dell, can reclaim approximately 79 percent of a customer’s desk space. Out of the box, the space savings is estimated at 44 percent.

“Small businesses are a set of customers that have fallen through the cracks,” said Kirk Schell, director of Dell’s Vostro product group, who says the research his team does focuses on the challenges that are unique to this customer set.

Beyond reclaiming desk space, budgets are another challenge for this group. Consequently, in designing the Vostro All-In-One, scalability was a focus, as was configurability.  

Still another small-business need is an easy setup. “They often don’t have tech support,” said Schell. “Literally, you pull [the All-In-One] out of the box and it’s ready to go. We’re trying with every one of our products to shorten the time from order to productivity.”

Display sizes are available at 17, 18.5 and 19 inches. The Vostro All-In-One runs a choice of Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic or Business, or Linux Ubuntu. Memory options run up to 2GB of 800MHz DDR2, integrated graphics are from Intel, an optical drive is optional, and connectivity includes integrated 10/100/1000 gigabit Ethernet, RJ45 and optional 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.

For customers in North America, the All-In-One starts shipping August 11. The computer is offered at a starting price of $629.