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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The New Dell Mini 10: Great Battery Life

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is a review video of the new (as of February 2010) Dell Mini 10, a netbook. If you missed my two-part first impressions video, you can find it here. The New Dell Mini 10 is powered by an Atom N450, part of the Pinetrail chipset, running at 1.66 Ghz. It has 1 GB of RAM, and this model I purchased from Dell has a 5400 RPM, 250 GB hard drive. It features 802.11b/g WiFi, but this model I have doesn't have Bluetooth. Check your local Dell Web site to see if they're offering Bluetooth. It has a 56WHr Lithium-Ion Battery (6-cell), a 10.1" wide screen display (1024 x 600 pixels), and an integrated 1.3 megapixel Webcam. It's using Windows 7 Starter Edition for the operating system. Read more...


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dell's New Mini 10: Unboxing & First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Above is part one of an unboxing and first impressions video of the new (as of February 2010) Dell Mini 10, a netbook that represents Dell's second generation product. The New Dell Mini 10 is powered by an Atom N450, part of the Pinetrail chipset, running at 1.66 Ghz. It has 1 GB of RAM, and this model I purchased from Dell Canada has a 5400 RPM, 250 GB hard drive. It features 802.11b/g WiFi, but this model I have doesn't have Bluetooth (nor was it an option at the time I purchased it). Check your local Dell Web site to see if they're offering Bluetooth. It has a 56WHr Lithium-Ion Battery (6-cell), a 10.1" wide screen display (1024 x 600 pixels), and an integrated 1.3 megapixel Webcam. It's using Windows 7 Starter Edition for the operating system. After the break is part two of the video. Read more...


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Engadget Reviews the New Dell Mini 10

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 04:03 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/25/...lerator-review/

"Michael Dell may not be a fan of netbooks, but you wouldn't know that from the newest Mini 10. Joining the current Mini 10v, Dell's completely overhauled the chassis and added Intel's new Pine Trail processor. But that's not all: come February the little laptop will be available with Broadcom's Crystal HD accelerator, which promises full HD playback on a high-res 1366 x 768 display. But does the $425 package rid us of our tireless complaints that Atom can't handle HD, and does it rival netbooks based on NVIDIA's Ion platform? And perhaps more importantly, can we count on the Mini 10 to be a valuable member of the growing Pine Trail netbook fraternity when it comes to battery life and ergonomics? Read on to find out!"

I've got one of these on order from Dell, and am still waiting for it, but the gang at Engadget snagged one and put it through its paces. The most notable changes? It's a bit chunkier than the previous Mini 10, largely to incorporate a 6-cell battery into the chassis without having the hump out the back. That's a big leap forward - but there's also no longer an HDMI port (apparently the Intel Pineview chipset doesn't support it) which some may consider a loss. I'm not sure I like the white chassis - and it sucks that Dell is still charging $40 to change the colour of the lid. What do you think about the design?


Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dell Unleashing New Netbooks in January 2010

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/21/...ures-atom-n450/

"Dell's hot-selling Inspiron Mini 10 netbook is getting better with a fresh new look and longer battery life to go along with technology enhancements and easy connectivity capabilities that make it a fashionable and functional must-have for on-the-go people. Updates to the Mini 10 include optional high definition entertainment bundles that deliver rich, smooth playback of streaming HD video in addition to Web surfing, email, listening to music and sharing user-generated content in real time. Dell expects the redesigned Inspiron Mini 10 to be available the first part of January 2010."

My first thought? I sure hope those aren't the only colours - I'd pick white over any of those neon colours. Bleh. Are neon colours really mass-market appealing? Beyond that though, this is lookin' pretty good! The Inspiron Mini 10 will feature the new Intel "Pinetrail" Atom CPU, still chugging along at 1.6Ghz but now with reduced power consumption, the Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, an optional 1366 x 768 display, Windows 7 Starter, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB or 250 GB hard drive, optional WWAN, optional GPS, optional TV Tuner, and best of all, the new case can apparently accommodate a 6-cell battery without it humping out the back. Does 9.5 hours of battery life sound good to you? Hell yeah it does! Prices will start at $299. I'll be the first in line to order one...if only to find out if Dell improved that nasty trackpad from the last generation. I sure hope they did. The full press release is after the break. Read more...


Friday, July 3, 2009

Dell Wireless 700 Adds GPS to Dell Mini Netbooks

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 10:35 AM

http://www.notebooks.com/2009/07/01...gps-demo-video/

"Dell introduced Dell Wireless 700, an option that adds location awareness to the Dell Mini 10 netbook. With the $69 upgrade, users will be able to get turn-by-turn directions and use location-based services. I sat down with Hari Ganti and Alan Sicher for a demo of the GPS-enabled Dell Mini 10. Dell has partnered with Skyhook so that users' locations are accurate even when a GPS signal is not available."

Do you have a Dell Mini 10? Want to make it GPS-enabled? Then you'll be interested in the Dell Wireless 700 - head on over to Notebooks.com to check out two videos on this add-on and how it works.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dell's Inspiron Mini 10 Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is an in-depth review video of the Dell Inspiron Mini 10. A couple of months ago I did the unboxing video, and after some heavy use here's my full review - it's the longest video review I've done to date. As configured from Dell Canada, it cost me $559 CAD in March 2009 - and now, in May 2009, the same configuration is available for $499 CAD. It goes to show you how often Dell changes the prices on their products, and how the only way to find out how much a Dell computer costs is to go to the Dell Web site yourself and configure one. This Mini 10 is cherry red in colour, uses the Intel Atom Z530 (1.6 Ghz) CPU, has 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, uses Windows XP Home SP3, has a 10.1 inch 16:9 aspect ratio screen (1024 x 576 resolution), a 160 GB 5400 RPM 2.5 inch hard drive, a 1.3 megapixel Webcam, a 802.11g WiFi card, and is powered by a 3-cell 24 WHr battery.

As I mention in the video, since I purchased the Dell Mini 10, Dell has come up with a new model: the Dell Mini 10v. The 10v is puzzling, because if I configure a 10v to match the specs of the 10 I configured above for $499 CAD, the 10v comes out at only $409 CAD - and the only difference is that the 10v uses the Intel Atom N270 rather than the Z530 that the regular Mini 10 uses. Both CPUs run at 1.6 Ghz, and both are on a 533mhz bus. The only difference I can see is that the N270 uses 2.5 watts of power under load while the Z530 uses 2.2 watts under load. In other words, not much of a difference from a consumer's point of view. Equally important is the fact that Dell is now offering a 1366 x 788 screen option, and a 6-cell battery - both choices that weren't available to me when I ordered mine. Read more...


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dell Continues to Offer New Features on Mini 10 Netbook

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellst...top-inspiron-10

Just a few days ago Dell started offering a higher-resolution option on their Mini 10, and now they've added new sticker designs (shown above) and, more importantly, a 56WHr 6-cell battery for only $30 USD extra. In typical Dell fashion, there's no photo to show the user how much it sticks out the back, but I'm happy to see this option - netbooks with 6-cell batteries see a big boost in battery life. I've yet to do my video review of the Dell Mini 10 (just getting over a cold), but with a 6-cell battery, a higher resolution screen, and 802.11n WiFi, the Dell Mini 10 you can order today is significantly different from the Dell Mini 10 that I ordered a month ago.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Dell Now Offering HD Resolution on Mini 10

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:12 PM

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/p...&ref=lthp&s=dhs

I got tipped off about this update on my Mini 10 Unboxing Video - and sure enough, in the UK, Canada, and USA Dell is now offering the Mini 10 with a 1366 x 768 screen resolution option. This exceeds the 1280 x 720 resolution requirement for 720p, so Dell can legitimately call this an HD display. On Dell.com (USA) the upgrade costs $35, well-worth the price in my opinion. The Dell UK site says their displays are "TrueLife" displays, which neither Dell USA or Dell Canada mentions, so I'm not sure if this is something only available in the UK, or if all the Mini 10 displays around the world are TrueLife displays.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dell Teases Inspiron Mini 10 Features

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:31 PM

http://www.dell.com/content/product...s=19&l=en&s=dhs

Dell is doing something really puzzling with their Mini 10 netbooks, and I can't quite wrap my head around the logic of it. At CES they announced the Mini 10 with some really surprising features, including GPS, a built-in TV tuner, and several other options you don't typically see in netbooks. When I saw that Dell Canada was releasing the Mini 10, I placed an order to get one to review. Imagine my surprise when I was configuring it and saw no features beyond the basics offered on every other netbook out there today (well, other than the colours offered). I dug around the Mini 10 product pages, and found this text:

"Coming Soon: The following Inspiron Mini 10 features will be available at a later date:

  • HD capabilities - Enjoy your favorite movies on the optional 720p Hi-def 10.1¨ seamless display.
  • More Storage - Do even more with optional 2GB memory and optional 250GB hard drive.
  • Navigation - Know your way like the back of your hand using the optional GPS with optional internal WWAN support.
  • Design Studio - Personalize your Mini 10 with cool designs from the artist, Tristen Eaton, in Dell's Design Studio.
  • Long battery life - No need to sacrifice weight for battery life. The Inspiron Mini 10 provides extended battery life while keeping the weight of the system under 3 pounds. 3-cell: approx. 3 hours. 6-cell: approx. 6.5 hours
  • The New TV - Watch your favorite TV shows with the internal digital TV tuner."

In the many years I've been running my tech sites, I've never seen a company promote an unreleased, improved version of a product on the pages for a current product they're selling. Talk about killing sales! Nobody wants to order a product and find out that it's already obsolete before they order it. A Dell Mini 10 with all those features will certainly be more expensive than the already expensive Dell Mini 10 that's offered today, but most consumers doubtless want the option to have these improved features. Dell, where's your head at?


Monday, March 9, 2009

Dell, Why Don't You Know The Definition of HD?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 03:23 PM

I placed an order for a Dell Mini 10 last week, and I noticed something odd about how they list the products on the Dell.ca Web site: you can see that above. A 10.1" "Hi-Def" screen? 1280 x 720 is the resolution of 720p, and that's the minimum resolution that can be considered "HD". What's the screen resolution on the Mini 10? 1024x576. While it might look close in terms of numbers, it's a jump that we have yet to see any netbook make, and it irks me to see Dell's marketing department abuse the term HD. If it's not at least 1280 x 720, it can't be called HD.

Here's an interesting fact that I noticed when plumbing the depths of the Dell Mini 10 spec sheet: unlike virtually every other netbook out there today, including the Dell Mini 9, the Mini 10 doesn't use the Intel 945 chipset. Instead, it uses the Intel US15W chipset. Why does this matter? The 945 chipset uses 7 watts of power; the US15W uses 2.3 watts. That's roughly 300% less power consumption, and when you consider the fact that the Atom Z530 CPU in the Mini 10 only uses 2 watts under full load, you can see that the new chipset is a much better choice for this netbook. Will it have any measurable impact on the battery life of the Mini 10? It's too soon to tell, but it's nice to see Dell advancing the technology inside netbooks.


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