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Dell Inspiron Mini 10  (Source: Dell)
Dell shows off Mini 10 netbook and offers future option plans

The netbook market is booming despite many claims that netbooks are cannibalizing sales of more profitable notebook computers. All the major computer makers including Dell, HP, and Lenovo are offering netbooks with the only major holdout being Apple.

When Dell launched its Inspiron Mini netbook line, the firm started with a 9-inch netbook and then followed the Mini 9 with the larger Mini 12. With these two machines, Dell skirted what many believe to be the netbook sweet spot in the 10-inch size range.

Dell has addressed this hole in their lineup with the official introduction today of the Dell Mini 10. The machine uses a 10.1-inch WSVGA edge-to-edge widescreen display. The keyboard is 92% of full size and the machine weighs 2.86 pounds overall. The touchpad uses multi-touch and supports gestures for easy navigation.

An HDMI output is integrated along with a webcam and Wi-Fi. The base system includes 1GB of RAM and a 160GB HDD. The machine runs on Windows XP and can be had in several colors including blue, green, white, red, pink, and black.

Dell says that the machine will be available to order direct on February 26. QVC is taking pre-orders on a special version of the Mini 10 that will ship for free and include a 4GB SD card now. Later this year Dell says it will offer options for the $399 base machine including Ubuntu and Vista operating systems, WWAN, Bluetooth, internal GPS, integrated TV tuner, HD resolution, 2GB of RAM, 250GB HDD and SSDs.

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RE: Apple has a netbook...
By mofo3k on 2/21/2009 1:00:56 AM , Rating: 2
sure, the cost, size, and performance aren't in-line with other netbooks

umm, that's pretty much what makes a netbook what it is. Just because Apple made a notebook that lacks severely in features for it's price point doesn't mean it's in the same category. Now, if Apple did come out with a iNet or whatever they would iCall it, and it had a competitive price to other netbooks I might actually consider one.

RE: Apple has a netbook...
By CZroe on 2/21/2009 2:42:34 AM , Rating: 1
There are plenty of exceptions in the netbook world. The Lenovo S10 has a 3GIO expansion slot. The Asus N10 has discrete graphics and a dual-core CPU. Screen size determines overall size and that was never a defining factor (Microsoft was defining that). And I already explained price (explanation: they're Apple).

Oh, and all I was trying to do was point out what I believed to be an oversight in the article. I think it's hilarious that some thought I was promoting an ill-conceived Apple product and downrated me to zero while others implied that I was "OK" with the price/concept.

Yeah, I own and hate an iPhone 3G (seriously regret not waiting for the G1) and the last Apple product I owned was an Apple+ that was given to me when I was a teenager. They get no undue approval or criticism from me. I seem to be the only person on the planet that complains about their shoddy iPod interface! Go ahead and look... it's in the Anandtech forums.

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