Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK

The Good Sophisticated design; good battery life.

The Bad Smaller hard drive than the competition offers.

The Bottom Line This retail version of Dell's Mini 10 Netbook, called the iM1012-687OBK, has a great battery, but chances are it's sitting on a shelf right next to a less expensive Netbook with a bigger hard drive.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Battery 9.0
  • Support 6.0
7.4 Overall

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Review

Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK

Editors' note: This review is part of our , which covers specific fixed configurations of popular systems found in retail stores.

This retail store configuration of Dell's popular Inspiron Mini 10 looks identical to the two direct-from-Dell models we've reviewed recently, but you'll have to do some careful sleuthing to figure out which model and price is right for you. The $409 high-definition Mini 10 we looked at previously included an HD display and a video accelerator graphics chip, and another $369 direct version was largely identical to this one, but had a bigger 250GB hard drive.

That makes the $349 Dell iM1012-687OBK the least expensive of the three versions of this system we've seen this year. At the same time, you can configure a similar system, with the same Intel Atom N450 CPU and 160GB hard drive, plus upgrade to 802.11n Wi-Fi, for $299 through Dell's online configurator. Though it's hard to recommend paying more, retail laptops have the distinct advantage of instant gratification, and the $50 may be worth it if you need a system right away and can't wait for one to ship (order that $299 configuration from Dell's Web site today, and the estimated shipping date is 10 days from now).

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Dell, Inc.
  • Type Atom
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Starter
  • Capacity 160 GB
  • Diagonal Size 10.1 in
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