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.
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.
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,...
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
Summary: While we regrettably couldn’t test the entry-level Ubuntu Linux version of the Dell Inspiron Mini 10v at £199, we did find that the Windows version at £249 preserved the essential features of the original Mini 10, such as the wide, flat keyboard.