Pros Little champ exceeded my expectations. I have a 13 inch Dell XPS with a dual core processor & rate M101z as high or higher in performance. Love the screen, keyboard, & improved wireless gives me greater distance and stability on connections.
Cons Old eyes cant take small text over extended time in this unit. Considering this is a road warrior item, this is not an issue of major concern. The 6 cell battery doesnt seem to hold a charge for more than 3 hours.
Summary This lttle guy has a great keyboard, screen, wireless, and speakers. I use it with multiple applications running, while online, and it performs without lag in speed. I was very pleased with the overall operations and felt like it would make a great everyday use computer. My only reason for not using it for all day is that the small screen would stain my eyes over extended time. I used it for 6 hours however before I had eye strain. Note I have the upgraded processor and 4 GB of RAM.
Pros Faster than a netbook, cheaper than its CULV peers, great form factor, features, value intersection.
Cons Windows 7 doesn't play nice automatically with networked XP and makes you jump through ridiculous hoops to"fit in." Not hard to do but not intuitive either.
Summary We had a netbook budget but were dismayed by the performance of most netbooks. I have two Dells and one Acer tablet notebook on the home network running XP Pro. The M101z's W7 setup pushes you into "homegroup" networking , but since Win7 doesn't homegroup with non-Win7 computers, why frogmarch you down a default path for Win7 only networks? Why make changing the default Win 7 "workgroup" a backdoor chore instead of an upfront option?
The dualcore Atom is very zippy, the 4G memory is generous and once we got the Inspiron on the proper network workgroup and added shared optical drives, most software installations came off super fast, without a hitch. The lack of an optical drive is no drawback. Bluetooth does seem a little more robust, reliable and configurable under Win7, which is a welcome relief from XP. I didn't bother with the Office 10 trialware or any other bloatware, but installed full Office 2003 from my network.
The 11" display is small but very readable and the system is so zippy that I have to believe it would be a screamer if it ran XP but I guess I'll never find out. I think if you're looking for netbook price and form factor, better than netbook memory and performance and don't need ultra-high concept design or battery life, this is a very good value choice.
When I went to the Dell Store to spec this system, I saw the $570 price with a $30 discount. The next night I went again and saw a base price of $601, with the $30 discount. I opened a Dell chat window and after a minute or two of wrangling the CSR offered the price I'd seen the previous night and threw in free shipping. I took delivery a full 12 days earlier than the invoice ship date estimate. The Dell Store is a reliable way to get what you want in a system and if you need to "wheel" it pays to squeak to a live person by chat or phone.
Pros Ordering was efficient
Cons 1. It was troubling for a new laptop to be defective and unable to load Windows.
2. It was troubling for tech support to recommend swapping out parts instead of exchanging the laptop.
Summary 3. After compelling the exchange (this took a long time on the phone and on hold being shuffled around to different people) I decided to not take a chance on another defective Inspiron so I wanted to cancel the purchase.
4. It took me hours, literally hours, on the phone to customer care to get the return arranged. I was shuffled around again and again, and always had to repeat and repeat what had already happened. I was repeatedly put on hold. I was disconnected multiple times. I was repeatedly told supervisors were unavailable or would just agree with the agent I was talking with. I ultimately ended up having someone tell me I had a conversation with customer care the previous day when I did not. By Sunday afternoon, after several hours on the phone, I still had an agent tell me I would be charged for the shipping (shipping of a defective computer). I was also told crediting my account may take 30 days (that is crazy).
Dell Customer care was unprofessional, SLOW, and very frustrating.
Pros the size,processor,keyboard,touch pad
Cons the battery life(for netbooks),screen
Summary this is a wonderfull thing for people that need something with a good size and some power,but unfortunately the battery life makes me to think about other netbooks from asus or acer
Pros good size monitor dualcore and and good price
Cons not avaible yet
Summary usable for average person.