Excerpt: Dell, the name that brought us some serious quality products over the years sent us a netbook from their Inpsiron Mini series. It’s small, it’s cute, and it's Atom-based. The netbook market has some insane choices and more are welcome. So here is our review of the Dell Inspiron Mini 10v. Design and ergonomics. The model comes in many colors – we received a black model.
Dell Inspiron Mini 10.1-Inch Obsidian Netbook Computer Review
31 December 2009
Excerpt: Netbooks are not known for their great speed. The vast majority of netbooks use a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, whilst this one uses a slower 1.33GHz version. Not a massive game changer, but does make something that is already pretty slow, even slower.
Conclusion: With netbooks getting more and more powerful, and therefore more and more expensive, it’s good to see someone still championing the original ethos of mini-laptops – portability, performance and price – and Dell have certainly brought a good value product to the table. The Inspiron Mini 10v is far from perfect, but as a companion piece to a desktop or large laptop there’s much to love – especially the fantastic price.
Summary: If you can handle the odd touchpad, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10v is a solid 10 inch netbook with good build quality, a decent keyboard, and above average battery life. But the touchpad may be a dealbreaker for some people. If you generally plug in a mouse, or don’t have a problem with the Inspiron Mini 10v touchpad’s integrated mouse buttons, then don’t sweat it. At $299 and up, the Mini 10v gives you a decent bit of bang for your buck.
Excerpt: I’ve got a confession. A little over a month after I swore off netbooks for one computer, my MacBook Pro, I found a rare deal that couldn’t be passed. I happened to hear a little bird on Twitter, the Dell Factory Outlet , who regularly sends out coupons for many of their numerous refurbished, scratch and dent, and previously ordered products. As I have written before, the advantages of buying factory refurbished items can often save you hundreds of dollars.
Summary: Dell's Mini 10v keeps a lot of the features of the more expensive Mini 10, while dropping the price to AU$549. It's one of only a handful of AU$600 netbooks that doesn't look and feel especially cheap.
Pros: Same basic chassis as Dell's more expensive netbooks, Very low entry price
Cons: Limited configuration options, Inset screen is not as nice as the Mini 10's edge-to-edge glass