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DELL Vostro 1400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 232 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The battery and screen also get good opinions, whereas many are negative about the touchpad and sound.

value for money, screen, battery, portability, design

energy, sound, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the DELL Vostro 1400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Review Dell Vostro 1400 Notebook


Vostro mobile edition. The small brother of the Vostro 1500 tries ...

Simple and discreet design ; Very robust and stable aluminum chassis ; Comfortable handling ; Dim surface display with good brightness capable of outdoor usage ; Higher resolution display available (WXGA+) ; Low noise level ; Long battery life even...

The color and viewing angle of the WXGA display failes to impress ; No HDMI and docking port

Although the battery life of the standard six cell battery is long enough, the nine cell battery is recommended for mobile users

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Dell Vostro 1400


Dell brings small-business customers a speedy and full-featured notebook with dedicated support and plenty of helpful tools.

Very good performance and battery life ; 10GB of free online backup ; PC Tuneup and Network Assistant tools standard ; Dedicated small-business technicians

Bulky and heavy for a 14-inch notebook ; More expensive than similarly configured Inspiron

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Dell Vostro 1400 Review


Ever since selling my XPS M140, I have been keeping my eyes open for another notebook deal.  For a while, I was seriously considering the Asus W3j, but I just couldn't justify the high price.  Instead, I bought a desktop to hold me over

Excellent Price ; Impressive build quality ; Optional Webcam and dedicated Graphics ; Great battery life, especially with the 9 cell battery ; Great looking screen, bright and crisp

Battery didn’t snap in as tight as it should ; Notebook lid easily smudges and shows your fingerprints ; Dell’s always hard to get a hold of

The day after I purchased the notebook, the price dropped by $50!  So Immediately I went to the Dell small business site, and tried to chat with someone from Dell small business.  I was connected with a guy from Dell home, who was unable to help me...


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Dell Vostro 1400


The Vostro 1400 packs power into a stylish, thin and light system and gives the frequent traveler extensive technology options including enhanced wireless connectivity, exceptional durability, great service options and a 14-inch widescreen display....

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Dell Vostro 1400 Business Notebook Review


This notebook has a robust case, balanced configuration, reasonable mass and weight parameters, neat and official appearance (which is important for a business machine), and long battery life. The Vostro 1400 is up to its positioning as a reliable...

Summing up the pros and cons of the Vostro 1400 you'll certainly have a positive overall result. This notebook has a robust case, a balanced configuration, reasonable mass and weight parameters, a neat and official appearance (which is important for a...

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Replacement Battery


I almost purchased a universal adapter, but learned that it would not charge the laptop battery--that's no good. So I ordered this adapter from and it's works perfectly.

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Solid product


Got this w/ my Vostro 1400 laptop 2 years ago, and it's been going strong until recently it said that the battery is coming to it's life =( Used to get a good several hours (~6) before, nowadays I still get about 2 hours on the powersave mode. Only...

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Plan on buying another soon


Battery started dying in 11.5 months. Make sure to let Dell know right away, thus far they have not replaced mine and stopped responding after my third email.

Looks great

Just a 2 hour maximum run time in power-saving, dim-screen mode

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Its big...and big on capacity.


I use this laptop and battery for school, and it is a great combo. Rarely do I need to take the power supply with me (only if I know I will be using the computer for 5+ hours). It is so nice to not hunt for outlets or worry about running out of juice....

7 hours of Office apps or Internet surfing with my Vostro 1400

Heavy - but not any heavier than it needs to be (9 cells is 9 cells)

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VGA Problems


I'm trading in my Vostro 1400 for the Latitude D630. I've already checked and it allows the full VGA cable connection. For some reason, none of the Vostros have this which is a very poor design, in my opinion.

I really like the small size of the Vostro 1400. It's easy to carry around and has a long battery life.

The VGA port allows you to plug in the main VGA cord but it does not allow you to screw in the connectors. This means difficulty in making a strong connection to an LCD projector, etc. You can see the screw fittings under the hard plastic casing but...

Product Specifications

Vostro notebooks are built exclusively for small business and are ready to be customized with the features and software you want. The Vostro 1400 packs power into a stylish, thin and light system and gives the frequent traveler extensive technology options.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:18-bit color
Color Support:18-bit color
Diagonal Size:14.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):35.8cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Vostro

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:800MHz




Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
Write Speed:24x (CD)

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.8GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T5670
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:1.5GB/1GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Small business

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA X3100