Of course, what really separates the Mini 12 from the herd is that screen. At 12.1 inches corner to corner and with a netbook-beating resolution of 1280 x 800, the Mini 12 is a handy choice for anyone not wanting to make do with the usual 8.9in or 10.1in 1024 x 600 netbook-standard screen size and resolution.
Battery Life Results
Battery life in minutes
Longer bars are better
And a nice screen it is too - assuming, like us, you're happy with the glossy finish – being bright, crisp and clear. At the risk of stating the bleedin' obvious, web browsing, word processing and just about any other PC-based function you care to mention really are a fair bit more enjoyable on a 12-incher than they are when you only have ten or nine inches to amuse yourself with.
The Mini 12 comes with a three-cell 24Whr battery rather than the four-cell 32Whr pack fitted to the Mini 9 - though a six-cell 48Whr unit is also available for an extra £40.
The basic battery pack managed to play a standard-definition video at full screen - and full brightness and with the Wi-Fi radio switched on – for 139 minutes which, when compared to the 173 minutes the Mini 9 managed, suggests that Dell would have been better served by using the same four-cell power pack in the 12 that it uses in the 9, the slight increase in weight notwithstanding.
As portable as a MacBook Air
Incidentally, rather than the traditional power brick Dell supplies with the Mini 12 with a combined plug/AC adapter which makes for a smaller and lighter combination when you are on the move.
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.