Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK review: Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK

With a standard load of a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450, 1GB of RAM, and Windows 7 Starter Edition, it's not going to come as a shock that our three retail Netbooks offered about the same level of performance. In fact, the benchmark scores were so close that we'd call them as good as identical. Each will give you a solid experience, as long as you keep our standard Netbook admonitions in mind and stick to basic Web surfing, e-mail, and light multimedia playback.

Juice box
Average watts/hour
Off (60%) 0.7866
Sleep (10%) 0.99
Idle (25%) 5.9678
Load (05%) 13.097
Raw kWh Number 23.81
Annual power consumption cost $2.70

Annual power consumption cost
Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK
$2.70 

The Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK ran for 6 hours and 43 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included 6-cell battery. Though that's very impressive, our battery drain test is especially tough, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use. The better news is that almost every N450 Netbook we've tested has amazing battery life, so you can count on them for all-day computing. That said, this system is near the top of the list for battery life.

Dell includes an industry-standard, one-year, parts-and-labor, mail-in warranty with the system. Buying a Mini 10 direct from Dell will give you the option of upgrading to a three-year plan for $99, which includes on-site service. When buying retail, Best Buy offers its own two-year plan for $59 or a two-year accidental damage plan for $129. Support is also accessible through Dell's 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads.

Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK
3,605 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK
821 

Video playback battery drain test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK
403 
Asus 1005PEB-RRED01S
402 

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System configurations:

Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 64MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 160GB Samsung 5,400rpm

Asus 1005PEB-RRED01S
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 64MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Samsung NP-N210-JA02US
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 64MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK

Part Number: IM1012-687OBK Released: Feb. 15, 2010
Low Price: $429.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Feb. 15, 2010
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 3.1 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3150
  • CPU Intel Atom N450 / 1.66 GHz