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
Conclusion: With a compact, fairly robust case and comparatively long battery life (at least with the larger battery), Dell has manufactured a rather interesting, mobile small device. The reflective display will however dampen the pleasure of being on the road with this appliance though, despite the great brightness. The focus was concentrated on energy-efficiency . In return, a fan isn't necessary and the device runs almost silently .
Pros: Display lid's design can be selected, Compact case, Keyboard in a standard layout, Digital HDMI interface, Almost silent working with a very attractive designed device.
Cons: Touchpad, Reflective display, Restricted opening angle, Smaller manufacturing flaws on the front edge, Once again, a matt display in order to completely justify the mobile purpose for which the mini-notebook has obviously been created.
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