The Dell Vostro 14 3459 is best suited for small business and mobile professionals. It offers essentials functions for these users at an affordable price. The laptop features a simplified connection to external monitors and projectors with a VGA output. It also features a built-in HD webcam and impressive sound clarity of Wave MaxxAudio. The laptop offers decent performance that is acceptable if we consider its price tag.
Dell Vostro 14 3459 – Specifications:
The Dell Vostro 14 3459 has been fitted with 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 6200u processor, a 4GB RAM and a 500GB, 5,400 rpm HDD. The laptop doesn’t offer the best performance though it can handle daily tasks as well as some multitasking work.
It’s Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor provides an integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU that is enough for daily tasks like streaming videos, watching movies, playing some casual games and even performing some video editing. You should not expect the graphics card to handle some high graphical works as well as intense games. Its display has a 1366 * 768 resolution.
The laptop’s traditional HDD makes its file transfer rate slower than its competitors. Its transfer rate is at 23.4 MBps, which is far slower than the category average of 124.4 MBps. VivoBook E403SA has a transfer rate of 30.1 MBps while ThinkPad 13’s SSD rate is at 91.4 MBps.
On Geekbench 3, Vostro 14 3459 overall performance benchmark score is at 4,618, which lower than the 14-inch category average of 6,402. Tecra C40 ($650; Core i5-6200U) fared better with a 5,783 score while ThinkPad 13 ($641; Core i3-6100U) was at 5,230.
On the battery front, Dell Vostro 14 3459 lasted approximately 6 hours and 42 minutes. The battery was tested while continuously using the laptop for surfing over Wi-Fi. This battery life is still shorter than the average battery life for this category, which is at 8 hours and 14 minutes.
Vostro 14 does not have security and durability features commonly found in other business laptops. Unlike ThinkPad 13 that retails at an approximate price, this laptop is not built to MIL-SPEC 810G standards. This means Dell has not tested it for shocks, drops or exposure to extreme temperatures.
Dell Vostro 14 3459 – Attractive Look:
Dell opted for an all-black design for this Dell Vostro 14 3459 . The laptop bears the company’s logo on the back of the lid. When you open the lid, an island style keyboard, a 4.1 * 2.5 inches touchpad, and a 14-inch display welcome you.
The keyboard is not very comfortable making it inappropriate for lots of typing. The travel distance between keys is 1.1mm, which is smaller than the considered comfortable travel distance of 1.5mm. The touchpad on the other end is smooth and responsive. It responds well to all kinds of multi-touch gestures including four-finger swipe, pinch to zoom or even pinch to zoom.
The Dell Vostro 14 3459 measures 13.6 * 9.6 * 0.9 inches and weighs 4.4 pounds. Vostro 14 is heavier than most of the laptops in this category, though still relatively portable.
Dell Vostro 14 3459 – Price and Release Date:
Dell is offering few configuration options for this business laptop. Our reviewed model retails at $692. There is a basic model that uses an Intel Celeron 3215U processor retails at $349. The laptop is already on the market after it was released earlier this year.