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Dell Mini 10 720p Edition Released

Gordon Kelly


Dell Mini 10 720p Edition Released

The Mini 10 has long looked the most exciting challenger to the Samsung NC10 for title of Sweetest & Most Totally Cool Netbook (and official title) and now it's adding the specs to prove it...

After a rather limp initial launch the Mini 10 has finally seen its primary differentiator appear on the Dell site: the option of a 10.1in 1366 x 768, 720p friendly native display. This is a huge step up from the standard 1024 x 576 resolution previously available, providing roughly twice the desktop real estate. It is also the first 10in netbook to make the jump.

Perhaps most encouragingly however this upgrade comes at a cost of just $35 (£24).

Elsewhere options for wireless n ($25) and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR ($20) have appeared and users have the choice between a Z530 (1.6GHz) and Z620 (1.33GHz) Atom CPU and 120/160GB 2.5in 5,400rpm HDD. Restrictions include a limitation to Windows XP SP3 and 1GB RAM. Other killer features like the six cell battery (up to 6.5 hours claimed), GPS and internal HSDPA have yet to appear but should be due imminently.

Couple all this with a 16:9 aspect ratio screen, keyboard with 92 per cent full sized keys, HDMI output, wide touchpad and some genuinely sexy styling and expectations are high. Available now in the US, expect the UK site to be updated any minute. Still, for the full array you may need to drum your fingers for a few more weeks yet.


Dell Mini 10 Customisation Page


March 31, 2009, 7:20 pm

what's the betting there'll be a straight 1:1 dollar:pound conversion for those upgrades? They'll probably blame it on the "weak pound" as well...


March 31, 2009, 7:24 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder - well there wasn't on the basic models, but even at a straight &#16335 I'd still be biting Dell's hand off!


March 31, 2009, 7:42 pm

That RAM is soldered to the m'board, so no upgrading :(

Tommy K

March 31, 2009, 8:00 pm

it looks like a little less than a 1:1 its a 1:1.2 &#163:$ still to get it with the faster processor and the new 720p screen its edging to the 400 mark.

I might wait just a little longer.


March 31, 2009, 8:09 pm

That's a damn good price for the screen upgrade. I'd say that screen makes this machine more a really cheap ultraportable than a netbook. Tho I've lost track of what the difference is in the definitions these days.


March 31, 2009, 8:33 pm

@HK - lol, my rule of thumb is netbook: rubbish (home upgradeable) RAM, rubbish (non-upgradeable) single core Atom CPU.

Dual core Atom, 2GB RAM (do that myself), ION platform, 6 cell battery, embedded HSDPA into the Mini 10 and I'm sold. I don't ask for much ;)


March 31, 2009, 9:04 pm

The improved screen certainly adds desirability but until its available with Linux or no operating system on it its a dead duck as far as I'm concerned. I hate having to pay a Windows 'tax' when the first thing I'm going to do is obliterate it to install Ubuntu instead.

And on a netbook its a significant chunk of the overall price which doesn't need to be paid.


March 31, 2009, 10:00 pm

I'm not buying a netbook until there's a dual core Atom, and Linux in/on it!


March 31, 2009, 10:40 pm

Correct me if i'm wrong but 2gb of RAM will mean no XP out of the box right?

Nicholas Pires

March 31, 2009, 10:46 pm

Erm you mention upgrading the RAM to 2GB here. I thought the Mini10 had the 1GB module soldered to the motherboard so you can't actually upgrade the ram on this device?


March 31, 2009, 11:35 pm

@Nicholas - correct, I didn't realise that was the case for this specific netbook. Altered (and it's also off my shopping list ;)


March 31, 2009, 11:52 pm

dual core 1.8ghz atom + integrated ati graphics and i'll be happy. throw in a 9 cell battery, ditch the webcam and have an upgradable 2,5 inch harddrive and i'm definitely sold. the dell looks gorgeous. make the innards so, too.


April 1, 2009, 12:21 am

Or a Cortex with Linux...?


April 1, 2009, 1:00 am

would all you linux fans give it a rest, no big brand company is suicidal enough to risk their relationship with microsoft by offering linux even as an option. And above all the demand is minimal aswell the nightmarish after support


April 1, 2009, 3:51 am

@ ilovethemonkeyhead, I agree with the nine cell battery, but I still want that web-cam and mic. :)

@ ffrankmccaffery, I'm just so sick of Windows. Funny thing is, Linux was never on my radar until Vista showed up. Now I'm using Ubuntu and am very happy with it. :)


April 1, 2009, 5:06 am

@ffrankmccaffery - I couldn't care less if you and everybody else on the planet use Windows. I don't want it and shouldn't be forced to pay for it.

And I've lost count of the number of people who've brought their still-in-warranty computers to me to fix because the 'wonderful Windows support' was so lousy they gave up.


April 1, 2009, 7:50 am

@basicasic - the fact of the matter is that its very difficult to get programs for Linux and even Mac Operating Systems and until that changes the majority of people will still prefer Windows.

I'm disappointed that they only offer a 3-cell battery at the moment. That just doesn't cut it for me, but I've already got an NC10 which I love so it really isn't a big concern. I'm glad to see they only use Anti-Glare screens now because glossy screens are rubbish in my opinion. Glad to see you guys are still covering netbooks, I love the little things.


April 1, 2009, 5:21 pm

basicasic - more importantly dell hp et all couldnt care less about you and your fellow linux zealots

and anecdotal evidence counts for very little in an arguement

windows despite its many faults is still a necessity if you want to want to use the same peripherals and programs as everybody else, and the vast majority of computer users do


April 1, 2009, 6:25 pm

So because some people want Linux on a netbook, we're called "linux zealots", and become the subject of a verbal beat down? Well, that's freedom of speech for ya!


April 1, 2009, 7:36 pm

freedom of speech? whos stopping you from speaking?

why should dell compromise their exclusive contract with microsoft to appease zealots like you?


April 1, 2009, 10:13 pm

@ ffrankmccaffery, nobody. :)

I still don't see how using Linux makes me a zealot. But let me guess, if I called someone a zealot for using Windows, that wouldn't be right, right?


April 1, 2009, 11:48 pm

@ Ohmz

'But let me guess, if I called someone a zealot for using Windows, that wouldn't be right, right?'

No theyre called 'Microsoft fanbois' :)

Josef Davies-Coates

April 7, 2009, 8:22 am


'would all you linux fans give it a rest, no big brand company is suicidal enough to risk their relationship with microsoft by offering linux even as an option.'

Er, right, so that is why Dell (and lots of other 'big brands') DO offer Ubuntu on MANY of their machines, right? e.g. both Dell Mini 9 and 12 both have Ubuntu options as standard.

'And above all the demand is minimal aswell the nightmarish after support'

Er, wrong. Due to popular demand Dell has been selling and supporting both desktops and laptop with Ubuntu since 2007. And the community support for all linux distros is amazing.

In short, you are: Wrong. Wrong. And wrong again. Please get your facts straight before speaking nonsense.

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