Dell launches Inspiron Mini [Netbooks]

4 September 2008 By Ankit Duseja

The netbook revolution was kick-started an year ago with MSI Wind which was followed and expanded by the famous ASUS EEE PC. But now after the jump of HP & other companies, Dell also decided to step in to the rapidly growing market of Netbooks. Being light weight and perfect match for one’s browsing needs, these are becoming popular day by day.

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The Dell Mini consist of the same processors as their other brothers, the Intel Atom N270 1.6 Ghz which is best known for its mobile performance and juice saving but it is not recommended for playing 3D games or watching HD Video’s. There are three different models of Dell available which varies on the basis of Disk Space, Operating System and Memory. It comes in two colors – The black and white. The batteries provided with the cute pieces are good enough to keep the thing alive for more than three hours.

The Mini has two options for OS- you can either opt for a Ubuntu model or one loaded with Windows Xp. The LED screen is of 8.9 inches which supports upto 1024×600 resolution. Both Ubuntu & XP model are equipped with 512mb of RAM at 533Mhz but XP has another one with a Gigabyte of RAM at the same speed.

All the models are equipped with Solid State Drives (SSD’s) which range between 4GB to 16GB. The storage space is small but remember its a netbook not a notebook and it does what a notebook should actually do. You can even attach external hard drives to them or even insert a memory card, if you need more storage space.

The Dell Mini sports Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 and also a 15 pin VGA Out port which makes giving presentations on a huge screen or projector an easy job. The other ports found on Mini are USB 2.0 (3), Integrated 10/100 LAN (RJ45), Audio jacks (1-line out, 1 Mic-in), 3-in-1 Media Card Reader, AC adapter connector.

All the models have inbuilt 802.11g Wi-Fi mini-card and Bluetooth 2.1 can be added by paying a little extra amount. These stylish and cute netbooks weighing just around a Kg have everything to make them perfect netbooks (remember not notebooks).

The price of these notebooks found in US is starting from $350 or Rs.~14,000. Giving such features at such low prices, Dell is seriously planning to create big trouble to the renowned ASUS EEE PC and the other leaders in Netbook market.

[via Dell]

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