Conclusion: Dell could have certainly hit the bull's eye with the 12-inch "netbook" design. The present growth of the traditional netbooks shows a clear trend toward the models with larger displays and more user friendly keyboards . Dell goes a step further with the Inspiron Mini 12 and offers, so to speak, a subnotebook according to the netbook model.
Pros: Agreeable design, Light and compact case, Thoroughly practical port configuration, Pleasant to use keyboard, Well-designed display, No appreciable noise emissions, Low surface temperatures, The reduction to the fundamentals, an electronic "notepad."
Cons: Reflective display impairs practical use outdoors, Power reserves only for basic applications, Short battery life
Summary: The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 certainly breaks new ground by offering a bigger screen than any other netbook without adding much weight, and you’ll get very good endurance with the six-cell battery. But while we applaud Dell’s efforts to make Vista easier to use with its flashy dock, the Mini 12 doesn’t have the right hardware to handle this OS.
Pros: Glossy 12.1-inch screen, Slim design, Excellent battery life with six-cell battery, Nearly full-size keyboard
Cons: Sluggish performance under Vista, Slow hard drive, Quiet speakers,
The not-so mini Mini: is a regular notebook or a netbook?
Good Gear Guide.au
8 September 2009
Summary: Dell's Mini 12 is the first netbook that breaks the 10in screen barrier, while still managing to remain thin and light. The 1GB RAM limit is disappointing and some will scoff at a 12in notebook being dubbed a netbook, but the Mini 12 is reasonably priced and should appeal to plenty of users.
Pros: Large display, light and thin, good build quality, well-designed keyboard
Cons: A little large for a netbook, poor battery life, mediocre speakers, 1GB RAM limit
Excerpt: Dell’s new Dell Inspiron Mini-12 laptop is powered by 1.6 GHz Intel Ultra Low Voltage ATOM Z530 with 512-KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB on Intel US15W Chipset Motherboard, and it offers 1-GB DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM (max 4-GB in 2 slots), a 80-GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive and does not have any internal optical drive.