The Mini 10 starts at £299 but, if you begin to add in the goodies, that figure soon begins to head skyward. For starters, selecting the Z530 1.6GHz chip rather than the 1.33GHz Z520 will cost you an extra £20. The HD screen will set you back another £20, while the built-in TV tuner will cost you a further £30. If you want the 6-cell battery, that will be an extra £45. That all ends up at a grand total of £414.
The more colourful options cost extra
Now that's a lot for a netbook – it would be daft to claim otherwise – but you do get a fair amount of kit for your money. The HDMI slot turns the Mini 10 into a handy front room PC to hook up to you TV – a role helped by the 10's silent fan-less running – while the high resolution screen and TV tuner lets the Mini 10 do things other netbooks can only dream about.
And if you do fancy a netbook with a hi-res screen, the Mini 10 doesn't face much in the way of competition. The Sony Vaio P-Series has a higher resolution display, but is a lot, lot more expensive, while the 1366x768 version of the HP Mini 2140 has yet to make an appearance. So, the Mini 10 currently leads a field of one.
The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is the polar opposite of the 10v. While the latter is designed to be a cheap as possible in the name of robust portable computing, the goal of the 10 proper is to be more a jack of all trades. Like all the current crop of Atom netbooks though, the lack of a decent GPU is an annoyance and, in this case, the HDMI port brings that annoyance into somewhat sharper relief. ®
At some point in the not too distant – but Dell UK isn't saying exactly when, even though buyers in the US can specify it now – the Mini 10 will also be available with a built-in GPS receiver. The US cost is $70 (£43/€50), but it's only an option on machines with the HD screen.
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I've heard they're adding an option for 2GB of RAM some time this month, which would make it that little bit more tempting...
For me the 768 is tempting - a number of the visual novels I play need at least 768 to run. Still though - I can wait another year, and what with our police force do you really want to be carrying a netbook around?
@ El Reg site designers
"Not only does the higher than the netbook norm resolution mean you get to see web pages in their entirety..."
Do you? Really?
It's true that on a 1366 wide screen you do get to see a good deal more of web pages with a liqud layout. Which is all good.
Or... you get to see the full width of the few odd web pages that are fixed at a width wider than 1024. Which is nice to have.
But... for fixed width pages 'optimised' for 1024 width screens, the benefits are merely marginal on a 1366 wide screen. Which is easy to get frustrated about, considering the premium price of the otherwise useful larger screen.
But who would do such a thing?
Already ordered an Asus 1005HA-H.
Like the upped screen-res though, better than the current standard that all other netbooks have
GMA500 is badly let down by poor drivers.
Drivers do exist for linux, but GPL issues causing packaging problems AIUI.
Ubuntu 9.04 drivers are getting there. Info here:
If the reviewer had trouble getting 1080p video to decode smoothly, that suggests non-optimnal XP drivers were installed.
I have witnessed a GMA500 based system simultaneously decoding HD (1080p bluray rip) and SD streams (one on screen one on external display) as smooth as silk.
Vista/Win7 drivers seem to be more mature: