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Monday, January 12, 2009

Dell Fills Out Their Netbook Line with the Mini 10

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM

"Dell has just served up its Mini 10 netbook, complete with an "edge-to-edge" 720p 10-inch display, a built-in TV tuner (!), integrated 3G WWAN / GPS, multi touch support and an Atom Z530 CPU. Moreover, you'll find an "edge-to-edge" keyboard (no wasted space, we guess), a gesture-sensing touchpad and expanded design studio choices."

Sweet, looks like Dell has thrown in everything except the kitchen sink on this one. Plus I'm thinking the 10 inch netbook ends up being the sweet spot for netbooks, so it makes sense for Dell to get this size in addition to their 8.9 and 12 inch offerings. I'm really surprised we have not seen more devices with built in TV tuners. Perhaps once the US gets through the digital transition, things will change.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dell Mini 9 Now With Optional AT&T 3G

Posted by Timothy Huber in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:30 PM

"It's never been much of a secret that the Dell Mini 9 has been 3G-ready from day one, and Vodafone customers have been able to get a 3G-equipped model direct from the carrier for a little while now, but it looks like folks in the US can now finally get in on the mobile broadband action as well, with a built-in 3G option now configurable on Dell's site. Unfortunately, anyone that already took the plunge on a Mini 9 is out of luck, as the $125 upgrade is only available new orders (and only available on Windows XP-equipped models). If that doesn't preclude you, however, you can also expect to get a $120 rebate if you're willing to sign a two-year contract for AT&T's DataConnect service, although it looks like you'll also have to put up with a delay in your ship date at the moment."

The beauty of the cellular networks is their pervasive data connectivity. It's a perfect fit for a device like the Dell Mini 9; without data connectivity its usefulness would be subtantially reduced. But it will cost you: if you're willing to pony up $60 per month, AT&T will provide that service in the US. And if you're willing to commit to two years AT&T will rebate you most of the cost of the modem. Personally, I can't see using the service enough to justify the cost, but what do you think?

Tags: AT&T, 3G, Dell

Monday, November 10, 2008

Dell Puts Music Player Plans on Hold

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 PM

"It may have been a bad idea to begin with and Dell finally seems to have realized it. The company says it has now abandoned plans to launch a digital media player tied to an online store. Dell had planned to launch a MP3 player this year that could potentially compete with Apple's iconic iPod line and Microsoft's struggling Zune player. But the company could have done well to learn from Microsoft's experience with the Zune before it started on its venture."

Oh un-named Dell music player...we hardly knew ye! I can't say I'm all that surprised at this - in order to compete with the iPod, a music player needs to have great hardware and great software...and when's the last time you saw Dell crank out any great software? Yeah, exactly. The Zune is a credible option to the iPod because it has quality hardware, and a solid desktop software experience. I can't see Dell doing anything in this market to compete with either the iPod, or even the Zune.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Inspiron Mini 12 Targets the Macbook Air

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:00 AM

"The Inspiron Mini 12 isn’t set to please everyone. Some will slam its price tag as being too high for a netbook, and ask why you wouldn’t buy a ‘real’ notebook for that price. Others will decry the presence of Windows Vista and the 1GB memory limit, either on their own or as a pair. And we expect the battery life to raise some eyebrows and lower some credit cards. Yet I can think of plenty of mainstream users – typically the family, friends and workmates of many APC readers – for whom this $999 netbook will really hit the sweet spot by blurring the conventional boundary of form factor and blowing apart the long-standing sub-note barrier of price."

I'd really consider this as a competitor to the Macbook Air. I'm sure it is a matter of semantics, but I would not really consider this (or the Air) to be a netbook. I must commend Dell for responding nicely to the competition with both of the Mini's, now they need to bring something new to the party rather than just following along.

Friday, October 10, 2008

12.1-inch Dell E Slim Laptop

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"It's hard to say what we've come across here, but if our retinas aren't deceiving us too badly, this looks to be an in the wild shot (sans blur, amazingly) of Dell's forthcoming E Slim. If you'll recall, we caught a glimpse of said device way back in June, and the two look at least marginally similar using the oh-so-scientific eyeball test. But look, even if this thing isn't the E Slim (though we're guessing it is until proven otherwise), we've been told on numerous occasions that Dell is mulling the idea of pumping out a netbook with a 10- to 12-inch display. An accompanying screenshot of the unit's internals was also provided, and while the model may say Optiplex1210, we're guessing that's just there for prototyping purposes; besides, the listed CPU matches up quite nicely with the aforementioned E Slim specs that slipped out this summer."

I'm not convinced this is a new Dell netbook. Why? Because the System Properties screenshot over on Engadget shows a CPU speed of 1.33 Ghz - I can't imagine Dell using anything other than the Intel Atom at 1.6 Ghz, or perhaps the dual-core version (which is also at 1.6 Ghz). And that's Windows Vista, which isn't netbook friendly - especially with only a 1.33 GHz CPU. Instead I think this is a Macbook Air compeditor - which is great, I'm all for thin and light long as they don't compromise too much on battery life.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dell Introduces New 16:9 Aspect Ratio 1080p Monitor

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

The Inspiron Mini 9 wasn't the only new product that Dell announced today: they've released a new monitor called the S2409W. It's a 24" panel, at a 16:9 aspect ratio, running at 1920 x 1200 1080 resolution. It has an 85% colour gamut, 5 ms Gray-to-Gray response time, and connects via VGA, DVI, or HDMI with HDCP. No memory card reader, USB ports, component, or DisplayPort connections. I guess the $349 USD price point makes this a budget monitor of sorts. They also have 20" ($299) and 17" ($189) versions, although they don't seem to be 16:9. The 20" monitor has a 2.0 megapixel camera though.

So, am I missing something with this move to 16:9 aspect ratio? What's the benefit on the desktop? You get the same resolution, so you're not really missing anything, but you get a monitor that's a bit wider but shorter (vertically). Is that a good thing? I don't know, having never used a 16:9 monitor (my TV doesn't really count). What's your take on 16:9 monitors?

Tags: monitor, Dell, 24

Monday, September 1, 2008

Dell's Money Wasting Policies

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:00 AM

Sometimes I'm amazed at how much money big companies can waste. Case in point: a couple of weeks ago, I returned my Dell Studio Hybrid because it was defective. It kept beeping three times when I booted it up, which is apparently a sign of a chipset failure of some sort. It also crashed Windows Vista with a blue screen of death whenever I tried to boot directly off the HDMI port. These two things together made me return the unit to Dell for a refund under their 30 day customer service policy. Sure, I could have gotten it repaired/replaced, but I took the opportunity to upgrade: I re-ordered a Studio Hybrid, same colour, hard drive space, and RAM, but I upgraded the CPU from 1.86 Ghz to 2.5 Ghz. I also added on the 802.11n mini-card, just in case I plan to use it in the future in a location where I don't have wired Ethernet. Read more...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dell Releases Mike Ming Custom Studio Laptops

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:14 PM

Taking a play right out of HP's handbook, Dell is now offering a variety of Mike Ming customized notebooks. I'd never heard of Mike Ming before today, but he has some great looking designs. Price wise, it looks like a Studio 15 Mike Ming starts at $819 USD, and the pricing goes north of $1000 when you get into the Studio 17 Extreme edition. Check out the Dell Web site for all the designs - which is your favourite? Video after the break. Read more...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

My Squealing Dell XPS M1330 Notebook "Working as Designed" According to Dell Technician

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:28 PM

Last August, almost a year ago, I purchased a Dell XPS M1330 notebook. I was really excited when I got it, which was good because I paid $2736 for it and expected it to last me for at least two years. I sprung for the extended warranty, and got every option there was on the laptop. For the most part, I've been quite happy with it over the past year - there have been a few glitches here and there, but no really serious problems. I sent it back for cosmetic repair last month - the top part of the screen bezel (the black bar where the webcam is) rubs on the bottom part (near the trackpad) and as a result it gets scratched. This is just bad design by Dell, and after talking to a tech I convinced him it should be repaired. They repaired it, but it's starting to scratch again - I need to get some small and thin rubber "feet" (those little nubs) to put on the top part of the screen to stop it from happening again. Read more...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Dell Launches New Line of Latitude Business Notebooks, Claims 19 Hours of Battery Life

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:27 PM

"Dell today launched the new Latitude line, ushering in a significant refresh of its business systems. The new models have a new streamlined design with the choice of multiple shell colors and take cues both from recent PC designs like the Studio as well as the MacBook Pro; the new systems now have backlit keyboards, a magnesium shell designed to be strong, and an extra-thin design. The mainstream models are the thinnest ever in the mid-size class, the Texas-based company claims, while its ultraportable E4200 model weighs as little as 2.2 pounds. The company also claims to have set a record for battery performance using a combination of proprietary software as well as Intel's Centrino 2 platform. The mid-grade Latitude E6400 with an extended 12-cell battery can last up to 19 hours on a single charge, according to Dell. A standard nine-cell battery also manages 10 hours. The company also promises a revamped power brick that can recover as much as 80 percent of the charge in one hour, and USB ports that will charge phones and other devices even when the system is completely turned off."

I tend not to pay that much attention to Dell's Latitude notebooks because they're usually as ugly as sin, but this new generation looks pretty good. The battery life claims of 19 hours really caught my eye - it seems that Dell is doing this with battery slice technology. Meaning these new notebooks have a power port on the bottom that a thin battery snaps into. This is similar to what HP has done with some of their business-class notebooks, but this technology has yet to make it into any consumer-grade notebook that I can think of. That's a real shame, because as a consumer I really care about battery life - and giving me a big-ass hump battery isn't much of a solution. After the break, there's a video with some Dell staffers talking about the new notebooks and how they compete against the Macbook Air and other ultra-portable laptops. Read more...

My Dell Studio Hybrid Has Arrived!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:22 AM

Purolator just delivered my Dell Studio Hybrid a few minutes ago, so watch for an unboxing and first impressions video later today!

Tags: Dell, desktop PC

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Dell Brings Zing to the Music Player Market

Posted by Suhit Gupta in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

"Dell is unmatched as a high-volume supplier, but its business model doesn't work as well when it can only achieve low sales volumes. It therefore waited until portable MP3 players had become a substantial market before launching its own system in 2003, then dropped out in 2006, when it failed to get more than 3% or so of the US market. This time, it looks as though its approach will be based on Zing, a music site it bought last year. And it will go beyond music players, according to Michael Tatelman, Dell's vice president of consumer sales. Dell no longer focuses on the lowest price: it has "value" lines such as Vostro, consumer lines such as the Studio range, a high end performance line (XPS), and lots of business lines. It sells direct and via retail stores, and has a big services business that does things like manage fleets of corporate PCs. And while most of its sales are based on openly available market standards -- they are platform sales -- Zing shows it adding an experience-based integrated approach."

I remember buying Dell's old MP3 player, called the Dell DJ if I recall correctly, and being less than satisfied with it (cheap look and feel, very limited in terms of functionality, all kinds of DRM issues), so I was obviously a little skeptical when I read this article. But we'll have to wait and see exactly what kind of integrated service Dell offers. The commentary at the end of the article on a potential partnership with Microsoft's Zune is interesting because I started to think along the exact same lines because it doesn't look like (at least from this article that) Dell is planning any hardware so they will probably need to create partnerships with one or more device makers in order to really be successful.

Tags: Dell, MP3, Zing

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dell's Premium Panel Guarantee

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

I was browsing through Dell's monitors, checking out what their latest 24" displays had to offer (I was curious if they had SDHC support; their tech specs don't actually mention that point - irritating!) and I happened to notice something that made me chuckle:

So why would I find that amusing? Because it took me 12 monitors to get three flawless 24" monitors, and if Dell had this policy in place last year I would have had much less stress. Good to see Dell improving their system, albeit fairly late in the game. One of my 24" Dell monitors has a nasty flickering problem that comes and goes, and I was very wary of returning it and getting sent a replacement that has a dead/stuck pixel - I wonder if Dell honours this policy on older Ultrasharp monitors that are still under warranty? I guess I'll find out soon enough...

Tags: Dell, LCD monitor

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dell E Rumored at $299

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:00 AM

"The upcoming Dell E mini notebook may finaly make its appearance next month and may be one of the least expensive, claim alleged insiders. The 8.9-inch portable will have the same 1.6GHz Atom processor, Linux, and flag storage storage of many similar devices but will purportedly sell in August for just $299, or $80 less than the Acer Aspire One that has held the price crown in the class for just a matter of weeks. The most recent leak suggests Dell will reach the low price through a model known as the E Classic, which will have just 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and Linux; the more popular model will likely be the more expensive E Video with doubled RAM, storage, and a built-in webcam."

Well unless this baby sprouts some warts, I think I'll be picking one up to replace my Eee. Since the specs are equal to or better than the Eee in every way, I imagine it will outperform it as well as have a much better screen. It is really all down to the Linux distro then end up with and how well they optimize it.

Tags: Dell, Eee

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dell to Enter the Mini-Notebook Arena

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 PM

"Michael Dell gave a quick look of this tiny shiny notebook at the D6 conference today. Gizmodo editor Brian Lam snapped a few pics of the notebook that’ll compete with the ASUS Eee PCs and the HP Mini-note 2133. Dell’s not releasing the details on this one yet, but the Dell blog did have a couple of more pics. The shiny lid looks nice, but the keyboard/palm rests looks too budget for my taste."

Awfully pretty when it is closed, not so much when it is open. I'd like to see someone go in the opposite direction though. No, I don't necessarily want an ugly machine, but since these are lightweight and portable, why not put a little bit into making them rugged rather than pretty. I carry my Asus in my bag all the time, so I'd like to see it be able to take a beating. Seems that for models using an SSD, it would just be a matter of rubberizing the case and perhaps adding some protection for the screen.

Tags: Dell, Asus Eee

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Dell XPS 420

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

"Dell's latest midi-tower powerhouse is a bit of a mixed bag. It has a few innovative features, like the Xcelerator and SideShow display, but they feel like a bit of an afterthought and only one of them is really any use and that's the rubber tray. However, there's no denying the great value of these systems, especially considering the current discounts Dell are offering. In particular, the Blu-ray equipped D01X406 is an absolute steal and if it stays at its current £999 price, I'd definitely recommend it. And even our review model is well worth a look, with its £60 off."

I've been starting to look around for a new desktop PC. I really want something with a tuner built in and had been considering the HP Pavilion S3220N, but I might need to add this to the shopping list.

Tags: Dell, XPS 420

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