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Dell Inspiron M101z Takes Aim at Students

Ardjuna Seghers


Dell Inspiron M101z Takes Aim at Students

If netbooks like the recently reviewed Samsung NB30 aren't powerful or flexible enough for you, Dell may have the answer to your prayers. Its brand-new Inspiron M101z is an 11.6in laptop using single or dual-core processors from the same AMD Athlon II Neo processor range as found in the award-winning HP Pavilion dm3-1020ea.

While there are a few relative disappointments, such as the lack of Gigabit Ethernet and a maximum hard drive capacity of 320GB, other specifications are impressive indeed for its size: Wireless-N Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and up to a whopping 8GB of RAM are some of the highlights.

Thanks to its integrated ATI RS880M graphics and the screen's 1,366 x 768 resolution you'll also be able to enjoy smooth HD video, and you can output Full HD (1080p) using the M101z's HDMI output. If you want to watch DVDs an external DVD Rewriter is available.

Weighing just 1.81kg with its standard six-cell battery, Dell reckons the M101z should last you for most of a day depending on use, and if that's not enough there'll be an optional nine-cell battery available before the end of the year.

Fashion aficionados should also be happy with the various patterned lid choices and colour-matching keyboard highlights, including Clear Black, Peacock Blue and Tomato Red, or the delectable Lotus Pink featuring an organic pattern on the palm-rest.

Prices start at £379, making it little more expensive than many high-end netbooks, and it's available now.

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