The Good Same basic chassis as Dell's more expensive Netbooks; very low entry price.
The Bad Limited configuration options; inset screen is not as nice as the Mini 10's edge-to-edge glass.
The Bottom Line Dell's Mini 10v keeps a lot of the features of the more expensive Mini 10, while dropping the price below $300. It's one of only a handful of $299 Netbooks that doesn't look and feel especially cheap.
Dell Inspiron Mini 10v Netbook Computer (Intel Atom N270
The "v" in the Dell Mini 10v's name is seemingly there to indicate value for thrifty Netbook shoppers. The system is in many ways hard to distinguish from its more expensive cousin and is one of the better under-$299 Netbook packages we've seen.
It does, however, lack the high-end configuration options of the regular Mini 10, including a higher-resolution screen and mobile broadband antenna.
Our $334 review unit adds a larger 6-cell battery, and there are also CPU and hard-drive upgrade options, but no way to get the higher-resolution 1,366x768 screen, HDMI output, or mobile broadband options available in the Mini 10. But if you're fan of the wide flat keys and reasonably slim design of the Mini 10, the less expensive Mini 10v version offers the same basic look and feel for less.
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