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Dell Vostro 14 5490 business laptop Review 2021

The Vostro range has often been the product range that stays in the shadows at Dell. We rarely get to review a Vostro laptop as reviewers – and their audiences – usually prefer to focus on the XPS or the Latitude range. Vostro however has a very clear place in the business market, where they target the smaller businesses who may see the Latitude range as being too complicated. 

Although currently unavailable directly from Dell at the time of writing, the Dell Vostro 14 5490, is one of the latest additions to the range and aims to capture the imagination of a price sensitive market with a design that’s reminiscent of the award-winning XPS range. 

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The Vostro 14 5490 has a chassis that reminds us of Dell’s premium sub-brand the XPS series. A gunmetal color scheme (called Ice Gray) gives it an upmarket feel – little details that do have their importance when it comes to perception. Mind you, only the cover uses metal; the rest of the chassis is plastic but smooth and unlike the cheap granular tacky type usually found on entry level models.

Dell Vostro 14 5490

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