Hands-On Video and Pictures of the Dell Inspiron Mini 10

mini10leadYesterday Dell announced a new member of its Inspiron Mini family: the Dell Inspiron Mini 10. And after seeing the Inspiron Mini 10 in the flesh this morning we are fairly certain it won’t just be another 10-inch netbook. The Inspiron Mini 10 has the same style chassis as the Mini 9, including a glossy lid available in both black and white (at least for now). When we stacked them on top of each other, the Mini 10 was a noticeable 2 inches longer, but both appeared to be the same width. Surrounding the system are the standard 3 USB ports, Ethernet, mic, headphone and media card reader, but also nestled on the right edge is an HDMI Out). Dell finally gets the keyboard on the Mini 10 right and apparently it is not only bigger than the Inspiron Mini 9’s but also bigger than that on the Inspiron Mini 12. The shift keys on both the right and left were decently sized and there is a full row of function keys along the top. The trackpad is unique in that it doesn’t have a dedicated mouse bar or buttons. Instead, like the newest Macbooks, the entire pad is a button. Instead of pressing the entire pad down, the right and left bottom corners can be pushed to make selections. In our brief time with Mini,  it took some getting used to but we appreciate the space saving move.  In addition, the touchpad is multi-touch capable and will support new gestures. Dell stepped up the screen quality with an edge-to-edge display (no bezel). The 1024 x 576 resolution (disregard the resolution said in the video) screen was quite bright and watching a streaming video was a nice experience. The screen definitely gives the HP Minis a run for their money, though we’d have preferred the extra real estate offered by a 16:10, 1024×600 display. The newest Inspiron Mini will sport the newest Intel Atom platform with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor. Other than that, Dell hasn’t revealed the detailed specs, though we can safely assume it will have Windows XP and a solid 1GB of RAM. But shaking up the typical netbook specs are added configurable features including GPS, mobile broadband and TV tuner options. There will also be the 3-cell and 6-cell battery options. We don’t have any word yet on pricing or avilablity but we expect the price to be competitve with other 10-inch netbooks on the market. Either way, Dell seems to have finally gotten the netbook formula on the nose  with a stunning 10-inch display, good sized keyboard and trackpad and some seriously different features. [flq:5c172bbbdd8abf1a9d65c2f206361cca]

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  1. alexeev.net Says:

    Atom Z530 -> Poulsbo chipset -> 1GB limit.

    No, Thanks.

  2. Rusty O. Says:

    Do you know if they will adding the improved keyboard and battery options to the Mini 9?

  3. Ty G. Says:

    Is this still fanless like the mini 9?

  4. Garamond Says:

    Nice camera work in the video, getting Joanna’s face reflected in the Mini’s as she explained the netbook.

  5. Oellph Says:

    Err…no bezel? Whats that 3/4″ rim around the screen?

  6. Fanfoot Says:

    Questions still…

    – is it using an SSD or a hard drive, and if the latter is it a slow 1.8″ PATA or something else?
    – else there an access panel on the bottom like on the Dell Mini 9?
    – can you upgrade the RAM past 1GB? I assume not since its Poulsbo, but…
    – please clear up the screen resolution confusion. i’ve seen 1024×600, 1024×576 and Dell’s 16:9 720p statement which would suggest 1280×720.
    – is the screen LED backlit or not (e.g. 15 steps of brightness rather than 7)?
    – is the default battery really only 3 cell? odd with the Mini 9 having a 4 cell…

  7. DougC-3 Says:

    Oellph, my thoughts too. Apparently, the screen cover (glass?) extends over the bezel, making it flush with the screen, like that of the new HP Mini 1000.

  8. Ell Says:

    1. What is the screen resolution? (See other comments for details on this question.)

    2. Is there an option for Linux instead of Windows? Will the Linux version again be crippled (e.g. less SSD space as in the Mini 9)?

    3. Most important: Is there a matte screen option available? As we can see in the video, glare and reflections on glossy displays hurt the usability of a portable device, especially working outside, on the train, or elsewhere you do not have control over the lighting situation.

    4. Does anyone (from Laptopmag or Dell) read these comments and is able to answer?

  9. Mark Says:

    Thank you for the quick review. Aside from the fact that I see plenty of bezel, will a true 720p (1280×720) screen be offered? I have no use for radio, GPS and TV in my netbook so I hope the price will be reasonable without those options. Just give me one with 1GB RAM, the high-res screen and Linux/XP.

    Oh, and I second the matte screen comment.

  10. mc Says:

    720p probably via HDMI, right?

  11. stradivariuus Says:

    1 GB of Ram? Please no limitations on the ram…. This issue to me IS CRITICAL!!!!!!!!!!!

    To me a manufacturer on computers who simply limits Ram on any PC is just saying to the consumer >>> DON´T BUY IT!

    That´s what Dell is telling me >>> Don´t buy this Netbook!

    1 GB of Ram just makes the netbook not to work, frizes the software and to me IT JUST IS A MESS!

    NO WAY 1 GB OF RAM!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Vik Says:

    RAM is limited to 2 Gb and not 1. There is an optional 720p screen. But i would like to have a matte display, which i highly doubt beeing possible…

  13. Nicholas A. Aquilina Says:

    If I make an order how much the netbook Dell Inspiron Mini 10 will cost me including vat and postage to Malta? and how much it take the post to Malta?.
    Thank you.

  14. Ellen Says:

    When will it be available?

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