Dell Mini 10 review: Dell Mini 10

After we uninstalled the existing Flash software, downloaded and then installed the new Flash 10.1 beta 3 player (make sure you have the latest Broadcom drivers, as well), the situation improved. Both 480p Hulu and 720p YouTube videos had smoother playback and were more watchable, but there was still some stutter and frame-skipping, especially on Hulu.

You can watch an example of Flash 10.1 beta 3 in action on a similar Netbook, the HP Mini 210, on Crave.

Juice box
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD (Intel Atom N450) Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.9
Sleep (10%) 1
Idle (25%) 6.96
Load (05%) 15.13
Raw kWh Number 27.48
Annual power consumption cost $3.12

Annual power consumption cost
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD (Intel Atom N450)
$3.12 
HP Mini 5102
$2.81 

This Dell Mini 10 ran for about 100 minutes less than the non-Broadcom Dell Mini 10, but still gave a perfectly fine score of 5 hours and 47 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. That should be enough for most users, but some N450 Netbooks we've tested, such as the Asus Eee PC 1005PE, can pass the 8-hour mark.

Dell includes an industry-standard, one-year, parts and labor, mail-in warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $99, which includes on-site service. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads.

Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD (Intel Atom N450)
182 
HP Mini 5102
179 

Multimedia Multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD (Intel Atom N450)
3160 
HP Mini 5102
3076 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD (Intel Atom N450)
917 
HP Mini 5102
817 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD (Intel Atom N450)
347 
HP Mini 5102
199 

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System configurations:

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 SD (Intel Atom N450)
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 250MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Toshiba 5400rpm

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD (Intel Atom N450)
Windows 7 Starter, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450, 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz, 250MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150, 160GB Western Digital 5400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1005PE
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 251MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5400rpm

HP Mini 5102
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 248MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 160GB Seagate 7200rpm

Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BN
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 250MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Hitachi 5400rpm

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  • Release date Mar 4, 2010
  • Color Black
  • Weight 3 lbs
  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel
  • Installed Size 1 GB
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