Summary: The Dell Mini 1012 has some well-implemented features that make it stand out above the sea of competing netbooks. We like the great display, big keyboard and fantastic build quality. It's a little on the pricey side, but if you're in the market for a good quality netbook, the 1012 is unlikely to disappoint
Excerpt: While the iPad may have stolen some thunder from the world of netbooks, there are still plenty of small and portable devices with Windows 7 and a keyboard ready to deliver on the go productivity and in the case of the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 4G from T-Mobile, do it with the speed of 4G. We already took a look at how fast T-Mobile 4G is and now we are diving in deeper to see how the actual netbook that’s connecting to it holds up.
Pros: Sturdy Design, 4G Connection built in (3G as well), Price, though it comes with a 2-year contract
Cons: 2 year contract, Can’t handle Hulu, 4G only in limited cities
Summary: If you were to buy the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 directly from Dell with the same specs as the $199 T-Mobile model, you’d pay $329. That’s a savings of $130. But in exchange for that savings you’ll wind up spending $960 over the next two years just for data. That sounds like a lot for a netbook—and it is—but it’s still considerably less than what other carriers charge for their mobile broadband plans.
Pros: Fastest 3G speeds yet from a netbook, Data plan is 20 less per month than other carriers, Long battery life, Comfortable keyboard, Loud speakers,
Cons: Awkward touchpad, Performance is a bit sluggish, Mediocre video performance, Runs hot,
Summary: The addition of the Broadcom Crystal HD Media Accelerator chip and a high-def screen for $40 makes the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 a solid choice for those who want increased performance with their netbooks. Even though this system costs $20 more than a similarly configured HP Mini 210, you get much better battery life. However, the Mini 10’s integrated touchpad buttons and excess heat give us pause.
Pros: Distinctive design with several color options, Comfortable keyboard, HD video playback, Relatively loud speakers, 8 hours of battery life,
Cons: Higher price point than other netbooks, Finicky touchpad, Bottom runs a bit hot, Sluggish boot time,
Summary: The new Dell Mini 10 is a bit thicker and heavier than many contemporary laptops. It measures about 10.5″ x 9.2″ x 1.4″ and weighs just over 3 pounds with a 6 cell battery. But I appreciate the way Dell has designed the laptop so that it looks no different with a 6 cell battery than with a lower capacity 3 cell battery. The shiny, but fingerprint-free lid is also a nice touch.
Summary: The Inspiron Mini 10 is a solid netbook, especially for those who want to customize the look of their systems and trick it out with plenty of options. It offers a more attractive chassis than its predecessor, better audio and video performance, and over 9 hours of battery life—nearly double the previous generation. Plus, the $369 configuration is cheaper than most other Pine Trail netbooks, with the Acer Aspire One 532h ($349) being the exception.
Pros: Distinctive design with several color options, Comfortable keyboard, Relatively loud speakers, Over 9 hours of battery life, Lots of optional bells and whistles,
Cons: Finicky touchpad, Runs a bit hot, Somewhat sluggish boot time,