Its larger-than-the-netbook-norm footprint notwithstanding, the Mini 12 is otherwise Small Cheap Computer standard. On the left hand side, you get two USB ports, a VGA video connector, Kensington lock and power jack, while on the right you get another USB port, 3.5mm audio jacks, a three-in-one card reader and a 10/100Mb/s Ethernet port. Embedded above the screen is a 1.3Mp webcam and microphone.
Standard netbook portage one one side...
Now you can say what you like about Dell, but it does know how to bolt a laptop together and, like the Mini 9, we struggle to find a bad word to say about the Mini 12's build quality. It's solid, doesn't creak or groan when you try to bend it - or the screen - and the hinge is nicely weighted.
That not say it's perfect. Our review sample came with the standard black colour option which makes the Mini 12in a fingerprint magnet of unusual quality, so we'd seriously suggest going for the "Arctic White" version.
Secondly, the 'Power On' light is a cheap looking and overly bright pure white affair that's slightly distracting when using the Mini 12 in good light and just plain annoying when using it in low light or of an evening.
The Mini 12 also lacks anything in the way of an external Wi-Fi switch. Nor does it have the status LEDs you will find on the front lip of the Mini 9 so you can't tell when it is fully charged if it's switched off.
...and on the other
The styling is also just a bit, well, conservative for our tastes. It looks OK on its own, but whenever we sat it down next to our white Acer Aspire One it was hard not to come to the conclusion that Dell's designers really couldn't be bothered to make the Mini 12 – or the 9 or the new 10, for that matter – stand out from the crowd.
Get a girlfriend mate. Seriously. Get a girlfriend and buy this sexy netbook, place it in the corner of the bed and imagine a 3p situation. Nerd bliss!
i just had an orgasm
Why SSD on the Mini9 and HDD on the Mini12
If I were to guess I'd say there wasn't enough space in the Mini9 to put a 1.8" device inside.
.I was getting a bit bored by page 4....just wanted to cut to the chase really.
Its only a large netbook after all.
The review could just have been - A netbook same as any other but a bit larger with a 1280x800 screen.
It's worth mentioning that due to the chipset this netbook uses, it is limited to a maximum of 1GB of memory. That's possibly ok for a netbook though to be honest...
Personally I am waiting for the Samsung NC20, although I would like to see a solid state drive in that plus a Linux option. Why the manufacturers of these "netbooks" think we need hundreds of gigabytes of storage is totally beyond me.