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Dell Inspiron Mini 10

Price: Approximately £300
Size: 10.1 inches
Weight: 1.3 kg
Battery Life: 4 Hours
Processor Speed: 1.3 GHz
Hard Drive: 120 GB / 160 GB

Dell has hit its stride with the Inspiron Mini 10 – it takes the basic design of the smaller Inspiron Mini 9 and adds a larger 10.1-inch screen. This results is a larger, more comfortable netbook to use. What’s more, it even manages to offer more in the way of battery life.

We took the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 for a spin, see how we got on with our review…

One of the problems we had with the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 was its size – Dell simply tried to cram too much I to too little space. So, the arrival of the Inspiron Mini 10 resolves most of this problem. You’ll find the build quality is still has high but the larger screen means that everything has more space.

dell mini 10It has the same design look as the smaller version but with a 10.1-inch screen that delivers a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, you feel as though you are getting more for your money.

The larger screen allows for a more comfortable keyboard, which is a great choice if you plan to write long documents on your netbook. The keys have a great feel and are firmly mounted on the chassis. It’s a close call as to whether the keyboard is as good as the Asus Eee PC 1000HE, and also matches that of the Samsung NC10.

When it comes to performance, you’ll find this machine chugging along with the same spec of most other netbooks. So, the processor is an Intel Atom Z520, which runs at 1.33GHz and with 1024MB of memory you’ll find the Windows XP operating system runs reasonably well. The hard drive on our review unit packed in 160GB of storage space.

We found that we could run a couple of apps on the Mini 10 quite successfully but things start to slow down if you try to do anything too number-crunchy.

Extra features remain the same, so you’ll find three USB ports, 802,11g Wi-Fi, SD card slot and a 1.3-megapixel webcam. All of which add up to a decent, all round netbook.

The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is a cracking little netbook. This has been made possible due to the range of colours on offer. We like the newly tweaked design and with a larger keyboard than the Mini 9, this is certainly the best Dell Mini we’ve seen.


Processor: Intel  Atom  Z520 (1.33GHz/533MHz FSB/512K L2Cache)
Operation System: Windows XP Service Pack 3
Screen Size: Glossy 10.1 inch LED display (1024×576) WSVGA
RAM memory standard: 1GB5 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM. 2GB available
Hard disk Capacity: 120GB or 160GB SATA HDD 2.5 inch 5400RPM
Graphics: Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 500
Colours Available: Red, Pink, Blue, White, Black, Green
Audio: Stereo speakers
Camera: Standard 1.3MP webcams
Weight: 1.3 kg
Wireless: WiFi802.11g or a/g/n Mini Cards
Bluetooth: Bluetooth  Internal (2.1+EDR) mini-card
Ports / Slots:
Kensington lock
AC Power-in
3-in-1 Card Reader (SD/SDHC/MMC/MS)
Integrated network connector 10/100 LAN (RJ45),
HDMI connector
(2 )USB and (1) Power USB
Audio jacks (1 line-out, 1 Mic-in)
28.5-31.7mm (Front-Back)
1.12-1.25 inches (Front-Back)
Width: 261mm, 10.28 inches
Depth: 182.5mm, 7.19 inches
Starting weight:
1.3kg / 2. 86 lbs with 3 Cell battery
Pointing Device Type: Touch Pad
Battery Technology: Lithium-ion
Maximum Battery Life: up to 3h50min

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Dell Inspiron Mini 9


Approximately £299


The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 spots a small, virtually weightless design which allows you to travel light while keeping up on the internet. It measures 232 mm x 27.2 mm x 172 mm (W x H x D) in dimension and weighs approximately 2.28 lbs.

The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is outfitted with ruggedized solid state drives that are whisper quiet, power friendly and durable. In addition to that, the Dell 1520mini_thumbInspiron Mini 9 is able to provide over 4 hours of battery life while keeping the weight of the system under 2.3 pounds. It utilizes an Intel Atom Processor (1.6 GHz, 512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB) and a genuine Windows XP Home Edition SP3 operating system. In terms of memory, it has up to 1 GB on 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, as well as up to 16 GB configured with a Solid State drive.

The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 also incorporates Intel 945 PM/ GS Express Chipset and Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950. As for its LCD display, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 spots a glossy 8.9 inch LED display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and its an external speaker provides good sound quality. Available ports on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 include three USB 2.0, integrated 10/100 LAN (RJ45), 15-pin VGA video connector, audio jacks (1-line out, 1 mic-in), 3-in-1 media card reader, and AC adapter connector. The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 runs on a 4-cell 32WHr Li-ion battery. Other features include an optional 0.3 MP or 1.3 MP webcams, 802.11 g mini-card for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Internal (2.0) mini-card.


  • Product Description: Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Intel Atom Processor 1.6 GHz – 8.9″ TFTdell_inspiron_mini_9_white_425
  • Colour: Variety Available including White, Red, Black
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 23.2 cm x 17.2 cm x 2.7 cm
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • Built-in Devices: Speaker, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial
  • Processor: Intel Atom Processor 1.6 GHz
  • Cache Memory: 512KB L2 Cache
  • Hard Drive: 16GB Solid State Drive
  • Display: Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024 pixels x 600 pixels)
  • Graphics Controller: Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Audio Output: Base LCD Assembly
  • Networking: Integrated 10/100 LAN (RJ45)
  • Notebook Camera: Optional
  • Bluetooth: Optional
  • Battery: 4-cell 32WHr Li-Ion Battery
  • Run Time: Over 4 hours
  • Operating System available: Windows / Ubuntu
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
  • Product Dimensions: 1 Kg


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