Product Notes: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
October 13, 2009
First released in February 2009, Dell's Inspiron Mini 10 (10-inch widescreen) netbook recently added the availability of a significantly higher resolution display that removes one of the primary drawbacks of most 10-inch netbooks. Like previous Minis, the Mini 10 is based on Intel's tiny Atom processor.
Design and Changes
The Inspiron Mini 10 enclosure (along with all current Inspiron Minis) has a wide bezel around the display and a glossy black and aluminum look and feel. The keyboard is 92% of the size of a mid-weight notebook keyboard and a small multi-touch trackpad is included.
The Inspiron Mini 10 weighs 2.6 to 3.0 pounds depending on battery with a travel weight of about 3.0 to 3.4 pounds including the power adapter. An HDMI output and a 1.3 megapixel webcam are standard. Three USB ports are included, with one being powered. As with all netbooks, there is no onboard optical drive.
The Inspiron Mini 10 has received a Bronze rating from EPEAT. It is not Energy Star certified, but has a reasonably efficient power envelope - details are listed in the Approximate Desktop & Notebook Power Usage page.
Several considerations when ordering an Inspiron Mini 10 through Dell's Premier Page for the University:
See ISC's Netbook Purchasing Guide for more configuration hints. As of October 2009, configuring a Inspiron Mini 10 to the netbook specification can be done for approximately $400 to $500. The University's Computer Connection (PennKey authentication required) has an Inspiron Mini 10 configuration available.
The Inspiron Mini 10 with the high resolution screen addresses one of the major issues with 10-inch netbooks; that of sufficient resolution. It does not, however remove the other major issues with almost all netbooks: poor input devices (cramped, non-standard keyboards and trackpads) and marginal processor speed. In the University environment, netbooks are currently suitable only as a complementary device to a more capable desktop or notebook - they should not be deployed as a user's only computer.
ISC will follow up with a full review of the Inspiron Mini 10 as soon as testing has been completed.
Inspiron Mini 10 graphic courtesy of Dell
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (October 13, 2009)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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