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.
|Dell Inspiron Mini iM1012-687OBK||Acer Aspire One 722||Acer Aspire One D260-23797||Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S||Acer Ferrari One FO200-1799 (Athlon 64 X2 L310 1.2GHz|
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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