All of a sudden, the floor for CULV 2010 notebook pricing seems to have gone down a good few bucks. Dell has introduced the Vostro V130, a 13.3" business-oriented ultraportable that starts at a shockingly cheap $429.99 with a Arrandale-based Celeron U3400 processor, 2GB of RAM, and Ubuntu Linux.
I don't believe I've seen the Celeron U3400 before on laptops selling Stateside, but it exists: the Intel ARK page says it has two cores, a 1.06GHz core clock speed, 2MB of L3 cache, and an 18W power envelope. As one might guess, Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost are both missing in action.
The Vostro V130 itself doesn't look half bad for an ultra-cheap offering, with an aluminum body, a thickness of only 0.65"-0.78", and a design reminiscent of Dell's upscale Adamo laptops. Too bad about the six-cell, 30Wh battery, to which Dell offers no alternatives. The real catch here, though, is Ubuntu Linux, which appears to be solely responsible for the system's uncannily low starting price. Throw in Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and the next cheapest variant of the Vostro V130 will set you back $558—about in line with other CULV 2010-based notebooks. Of course, I'm sure some bargain-hunters out there have spare Windows 7 licenses kicking around.