Dell Mini 10v

Dell's Mini 10v keeps a lot of the features of the more expensive Mini 10, while dropping the price to AU$549. It's one of only a handful of AU$600 netbooks that doesn't look and feel especially cheap.


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The "v" in the Dell Mini 10v's name is seemingly there to indicate value for thrifty netbook shoppers. The system is in many ways hard to distinguish from its more expensive cousin and is one of the better under-AU$600 netbook packages we've seen.

It does, however, lack the high-end configuration options of the regular Mini 10, including a higher-resolution screen and webcam. You're limited to a three-cell battery instead of six, a 160GB hard drive and it uses the Atom N270 instead of the Z530 found in the Mini 10. Regardless, if you're a fan of the wide flat keys and reasonably slim design of the Mini 10, the less expensive Mini 10v version offers the same basic look and feel for less.

Like the Dell Mini 10, the Mini 10v is not as streamlined as Asus' latest netbooks or the minimalist HP Mini 5101. Instead, Dell's Mini line takes its design cues from the bigger laptops in the Inspiron family, with similar rounded edges and shiny surfaces.

Unlike Dell's older 9-inch netbook keyboards, there are no missing keys or major space compromises, and important keys, such as the shift, tab and control keys, are relatively full-size. The wide, flat keys go nearly edge-to-edge, but the long, letterbox-style touch pad has to squeeze its mouse buttons directly into the lower left and right corners of the pad. It's far from our favourite netbook touch pad, but better than the similar long touch pad with buttons on the far sides found on HP's Mini 110.

While the Mini 10 has an HDMI port, with the less expensive 10v you're stuck with a basic VGA output, plus SD and three USB ports. Trading up to 802.11n Wi-Fi is an AU$29.70 upgrade, but there's no option to add Bluetooth.

The Dell Inspiron Mini 10v ran for five hours and 45 minutes on our video playback battery drain test; however, this was with a supplied six-cell battery, as is the option in the US — Australia's three-cell battery will perform considerably worse.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron Mini 10v
3427
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2
3695

Jalbum photo conversion test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo Ideapad S10-2
256
Dell Inspiron Mini 10v
256

Apple iTunes encoding test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2
775
Dell Inspiron Mini 10v
787

Video playback battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron Mini 10v
345
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2
257

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Japius posted a comment   

The Good:Good Online Ordering Facility

The Bad:Stuck at 1GB? Seriously who wants a netbook with a 1GB MAX

I cannot believe we would even consider 1GB of RAM to be acceptable, even a 2GB max seems silly but is beter than the Dell 1GB max offering.

 

Andrew posted a reply   

The 10v can be upgraded to 2GB, get a screwdriver and free up half an hour and you can do it.

 

mikey posted a reply   

Hi Andrew,
Was it worth the extra ram? and can you explain the "how" of using the screwdriver?
Many thanks
Mikey

 

rgathright posted a comment   

The Good:HDMI

The Bad:processing power

I rather wish that I had HDMI access in my overclocked ASUS 1005HA netbook, but with the poor video performance of the Dell I wonder if it would even be worth it?

I had stronger numbers than you are reporting with my ASUS 1005HA netbook. They are published here: http://bit.ly/44CHFm




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  • Japius

    Japius

    "I cannot believe we would even consider 1GB of RAM to be acceptable, even a 2GB max seems silly but is beter than the Dell 1GB max offering."

  • rgathright

    rgathright

    "I rather wish that I had HDMI access in my overclocked ASUS 1005HA netbook, but with the poor video performance of the Dell I wonder if it would even be worth it?

    I had stronger numb..."

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