Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dell Mini Laptops

Dell's mini laptops come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 9-inch to 12-inch. In this post, we will discuss each and every models of Dell's mini laptops.

1. Dell Inspiron Mini 9

dell inspiron mini 9
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is the first mini laptop from Dell. It comes with 8.9-inch display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom Processor, 16GB SSD, and 1GB of RAM. Dell has discontinued this model of mini laptop, but you could still get it from online retailer such as Amazon.com for $339.

  • Compact, sturdy design
  • Configurable online

  • Awkward keyboard
  • Limited storage space with 16GB SSD
  • Short battery life (3 hours 12 minutes from 4-cell battery)
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor N270
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16GB Solid State Drive
  • Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/g
  • Ports: Ethernet; Headphone; Microphone; VGA; USB x 3
  • 4-1 card reader
  • Dimension: 9.1 x 6.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds
The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is currently available at Amazon.com for $339.


2. Dell Inspiron Mini 10

Dell Inspiron Mini 10
There are 2 versions available for this mini laptop: Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and Dell Inspiron Mini 10v. The difference between these 2 models are:
  • The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 uses Intel's more energy efficient Atom Zxx series processors, while the 10v comes with an Intel Atom N270 or N280 CPU.
  • Dell Inspiron Mini 10v is cheaper
  • Dell Inspiron Mini 10v does not have an "edge to edge" display like the one found on the Mini 10
  • The Inspiron Mini 10v's screen resolution maxes out at 1024 x 600 pixels, while the Mini 10 is available in a high resolution 1366 x 768 pixel display.
  • You can customize your Mini 10 order to include a built-in TV tuner, but not in the Mini 10v.
Other than the differences stated above, both models of Insipron Mini 10 come with a 10.1-inch screen, 1GB RAM, and 160GB hard drive -- a typical 10-inch netbook spec. The Inspiron Mini 10v is said to be the replacement for the Mini 9 as it has a spec that stacks up against the Mini 10 and the Mini 9.

  • Compact design
  • Various colors and designs are available
  • Roomy keyboard
  • Bright, glossy display
  • Good TV reception (Mini 10v)
  • Finicky touchpad and touch buttons
  • Lacks VGA port (Mini 10)
  • Reviewer experience trouble in playing back a 720p WMV video both on the screen and via HDMI to a 32-inch HDTV
  • Bulky, awkward TV antenna (Mini 10v)
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor N270 (Mini 10) / up to 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor Z530 (Mini 10v)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 160GB Hard Drive
  • 10.1-inch Widescreen Display with 1024x600 resolution (optional HD display 1366x768 available for Mini 10)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 (Mini 10v) / Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500 (Mini 10)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11g
  • Ports: Ethernet; Headphone; Microphone; VGA (Mini 10V only); HDMI connector (Mini 10 only); USB x 3
  • 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS)
  • Dimension: 10.3 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches, 2.6 pounds
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and 10v is currently available on Dell's official site. Price differs base on configuration. You may also get a pre-configured unit from Amazon.com with a price as low as $368.57.


3. Dell Inspiron Mini 12

Dell Inspiron Mini 12
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is a mini laptop with 12.1-inch screen. When this mini laptop first came out, Dell has made Windows Vista the default OS for this machine. The result is a sluggish performance. So if you decided to get this mini laptop, be sure to install Windows XP instead of Vista on it. Ir run much smoother on XP.

The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is a great choice for those who like to have a bigger screen and keyboard than the typical 10-inch netbook. It's unfortunate that Dell has discontinued the Mini 12 model, just like the Mini 9. But there are still remaining stocks at Amazon.com. You can pick a unit of Mini 12 with Windows XP at the price of $439.99.

  • Glossy 12.1-inch screen
  • Slim design
  • Excellent battery life with six-cell battery
  • Nearly full-size keyboard
  • Sluggish performance under Vista
  • Slow hard drive
  • Quiet speakers
  • Up To 1.6-GHz Intel Atom Z530
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80GB Hard Drive
  • 12.1-Inch Glossy LED Display (1280x800 resolution)
  • Intel GMA 500 Graphics
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/g
  • Ports: Ethernet; Headphone; Microphone; VGA; USB x 3
  • 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS)
  • Dimension: 11.8 x 9.0 x 1.1 inches,
  • Weight: 3.2 pounds (with six-cell battery), 2.8 pounds (with three-cell battery)
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is currently available on Amazon.com for $439.99.


And that covers all mini laptops from Dell. The most attractive part of Dell's Mini laptops is that they offer various colors and designs that customers can choose to match their own personalities. At the same time, the system offers decent performance that's enough for you to perform your daily tasks. Dell's mini laptops are recommended for those who are not very demanding on system performance, and like to have something that looks special. We will keep the list updated as new models of Dell mini laptop is released.


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