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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 CZroe on 2/21/2009 2:51:45 AM , Rating: 1
Do you have me confused for someone else? I had only one post in this topic when you said that, so I certianly wasn't going on about it. I called it a netbook once... big deal, I'm hardly the first. A netbooks is a netbook because it isn't useful for much else than browsing the web. In the same ways, the MacBook Air isn't useful for much else due to the lack of I/O and drives and near total reliance on wireless networking for anything you do with it. The differ primarily in price. Sure, we can disagree on the definition or classification here, but let's not forget how expensive some netbooks have been and that there are still expensive netbooks today (Asus N10, Lenovo, etc).

FWIW, I own and use Acer Aspire One netbook and a slim LG USB powered DVD burner (fits well in my motorcycle's magnetic tank bag).

RE: Apple has a netbook...
By sprockkets on 2/21/2009 12:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
No problem. Just my usual reactionary behavior that I got by posting so much. I got into a 20 post discussion over this already.

People, including me, act stupid on forums.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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