Dell Mini works great, even on an alternate operating system!
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I bought this device with the specific goal of installing an alternate OS (Operating System) on it and using it to carry around. The installation was risky (and will possibly void your warranty!) but worth doing. This thing works well, with a bright screen, decent audio for a Netbook, and even has a built-in webcam. The extended (six-cell) battery will last for five hours if you're not doing processor-intensive work and sleep the display quickly when idle.
Excerpt: i got this from staples on clearance for a good price. i considered selling it for profit, but decided to keep it for myself instead. i'm glad i did. it came with windows 7 starter out of the box. that worked, but i immedately installed linux mint on it as i am not much of a windows user. this thing has very good battery life. i am able to connect to networks quickly. the keyboard is a little small, but expected for a netbook.
Excerpt: I got this machine after using a Dell Mini 9 for almonst 2 years. See my review here . My biggest problem the Mini 9 was the keyboard size so I decided to slightly bigger machine to see if that worked better for me. I'm, overall, very happy with this machine. However, I had to do a little big a work to get it there: It came with Windows 7 installed which was too slow for the 1GB of RAM this machine had. The first thing I did was remove Windows and put Jolicloud on it.
Excerpt: I got my Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 this past spring and love it! I knew going into this purchase that it wouldn't have the memory of capabilities of my desktop or a normal laptop, so I would not recommend this as a primary computer, but we use this as a secondary computer that we can use anywhere in the house and can take with us when we travel. It is lightweight and does have a decent amount of memory for its size and price, and I haven't had any problems with it.
Summary: I bought my 1012 as a replacement for a Dell Latitude 410 that had more than 60,000 motorcycle miles, thousands of hours of use and abuse, and had been fault-free for nearly a decade. In fact, it still works but is absolutely Win7 incompatible. The 1012, so far, has been an adequate replacement. My reason for upgrading, Win7, is too encumbered with overhead to allow this machine to be used for recreational purposes; ie. movie watching.
Summary: I've had this netbook for about a year and a half now. I get it for a great price because they only had the display left but the original price was wonderful as well. I have no trouble typing on the keyboard and find that I can type just as fast on my netbook as I can on any other computer. Granted, I have small fingers, but if you can type on a phone you can type on this. The battery life is pretty good. I'm a college student and use it to do homework between class.
Summary: Computer works great! Perfect size for what I was looking for. Mouse pad is slightly difficult to click but does not hinder the performance. Very fast and great battery life for the notebook's size.