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