Dell Mini 1012 â€“ a good entry-level netbook
So I am in the market for a netbook for traveling and am slightly overwhelmed with all the choices out there. I am almost wishing I had bought one a few years ago when there were much fewer choices. I want to get a netbook because I am sick of worrying about my costly MacBook Pro whenever I travel. I am interested in finding a small computer that pretty much just does word processing and e-mail and I am not totally sold on the iPad idea just yet.
Truth is I am attracted to the Del Mini simply because of all the fun colors it is available in. Aesthetics are probably not the reason to choose one netbook over another, so looking a little closer I do see that I like the Del Miniâ€™s nearly normal size keyboard, crazy long battery life (around 9 hours), and not so frightening price tag.
The Dell Mini has three USB ports for hooking up your computer, iPod or external hard drive and a VGA socket for hooking up the netbook with an external monitor. You can choose between a 160G or 250G hard drive and have plenty of space to store your photos and music, plus a built-in webcam can help keep you connected while youâ€™re on the road.
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Why they rock:
- Display: 10.1″ Widescreen Display
- Processor: IntelÂ® AtomÂ® Processor N450 (1.66GHz, 512K L2 Cache)
- Battery: 56WHr Lithium-Ion Battery (6-cell)
- Keyboard: 92% of Standard Size
- Pointing Device: Touchpad with Integrated Scroll Bars
- Webcam: Built-in 1.3MP
- Power: 6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery (56Whr)
- I/O Ports: USB (3), RJ45 Ethernet, Microphone, Headphone
- Width: 10.5″
- Depth: 7.8″
- Height: 1.0″ Frontâ€“1.3″ Back
- Starting Weight: 3.1 lbs. with 6-Cell Battery
- Warranty: 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty and 24/7 Phone Support
Seat-of-the-pants rating: 7 out of 10
Sounds like the Dell Mini 1012 is a pretty average netbook and has a higher-resolution screen and a beefier processor than the Dell Mini 9. The Dell Mini’s processor is less powerful than a regular laptop but it is pretty comparable to the other netbooks out there. I think if you are looking for a basic netbook that is small, light, and pretty straightforward, the Dell Mini 1012 might be a good choice for you.
Looking to buy? Hereâ€™s where you can get one: