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,
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.