Dell Inspiron Duo review: Dell Inspiron Duo

Juice box
Dell Inspiron Duo Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.6
Sleep (10%) 0.83
Idle (25%) 6.13
Load (05%) 16.49
Raw kWh number 24.53
Annual power consumption cost $2.78

Annual power consumption cost
Dell Inspiron Duo
$2.78 
Samsung NF310-A01
$3.17 
HP Mini 5103
$3.20 

Any Netbook worth a look should run 4 or more hours on a single charge; after all, these portable systems are designed to travel with you all day, and use very low-power components. However, in our video playback battery drain test, the Dell Inspiron Duo ran for only 2 hours and 18 minutes. Even making allowances for the power overhead the touch screen requires, that's not nearly long enough for a 10-inch laptop.

Dell includes a very basic one-year warranty with the Inspiron Duo. Adding in-home service costs $50, and expanding that in-home service plan to three years is $239 (or for $250, you can include accidental damage protection). Dell's Web-based tech support sections are generally easy to find and well-organized, with driver updates, FAQS, and online chat.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron Duo
601 
Samsung NF310-A01
688 

Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Samsung NF310-A01
112 
Dell Inspiron Duo
113 

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Mini 5103
2,419 
Dell Inspiron Duo
2,430 
Samsung NF310-A01
2,947 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Samsung NF310-A01
848 
Dell Inspiron Duo
869 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung NF310-A01
251 
Dell Inspiron Duo
138 

Find out more about how we test laptops.

System configurations:

Dell Inspiron Duo
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 320GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Samsung NF310-A01
Windows 7 Starter; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Gateway LT3201u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.7GHz AMD Athlon II Neo K125; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Acer Aspire One D255-1203
Windows 7 Starter; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 1024MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1015PN
Windows 7 Starter; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia ION; 250GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

HP Mini 5103
Windows 7 Professional; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

What you'll pay

Editors' Top PicksSee All

 

Discuss: Dell Inspiron Duo

Conversation powered by Livefyre