Tuesday Dell introduced (opens in new tab) the ultra-portable Vostro V130 (opens in new tab), one of the slimmest and lightest 13-inch laptops available measuring 0.65-inches at the front, 0.78-inches at the back, and weighing at least 3.5 pounds. But perhaps one of the notebook's more notable features is the implementation of Intel's new Hyperbaric Cooling, one of the first to use the new Advanced Cooling Technology.
Unlike typical fans which push hot air outwards, Hyperbaric Cooling uses an internal fan that pulls air into the laptop from the left side, cooling off key components to prevent overheating. The heat is collected in the airflow and then pushed out the right side of the laptop. This design allows for quieter laptops because the fan can run at lower speeds.
However in the case of Dell's new laptop, images don't show ventilation ports on the left and right sides. Instead, entry and exit ports are mounted on the rear. This could indicate that the device uses two fans to pull in and maneuver the air across the components, and then back out into the open.
"By using cold air directly from the outside and then directly blowing across the hot components, you create a more efficient cooling solution," said Rajiv Mongia, a principal engineer at Intel. "This is because by blowing air across the components, you create more intense convective cooling and often get more cooling flow through the platform."
Dell said that the new laptop was designed with the needs and wants of on-the-go entrepreneurs in mind. The chassis is constructed from sturdy aluminum and reinforced with zinc hinges and a magnesium alloy palm rest, able to survive everyday bumps and thumps.
Starting at $429, the Vostro V130 offers a choice of Intel Core i5, i3 and Celeron Dual Core CPUs, up to 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM at 1333 MHz, an integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, a 13.3-inch HD WLED display with Anti-Glare (1366 x 768), up to 500 GB via a 7,200 RPM SATA hard drive and more.
"With the V130, we are adding the functionality customers asked for without sacrificing the beautiful design they fell in love with in the V13," said Sam Burd, vice president, Consumer, Small and Medium Business Product Group, Dell. “Starting today, I predict the V130 will fast become the must-have travel companion for today’s mobile professional."