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With the evolution of the netbook now progressing at such a rate that it would probably make Darwin mutter darkly about wishing the Bible was right, hardly a month, week, day passes without a new sub-species crawling from the primordial ooze. Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Dell's Inspiron Mini 12: big screen for a netbook One of the …

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It isn't

It isn't and hasn't been Bill Gates green for a while, actually.

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And the big question is.......

....whats the screen resolution?

Cmon thats the one thing we want to know.

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Limitations...

From what I've gathered, the current Mini 12 is limited to a max 1GB of RAM (Intel chipset limitation. That, coupled with the limited options (no SSD, no HDMI) really limits its potential.

I think the best solution is to wait for Rev. 2 of Dell's Inspiron Mini 10 -Note from Dell's website:

Coming Soon

The following Inspiron Mini 10 features will be available at a later date:

* HD capabilities – Enjoy your favorite movies on the optional 720p Hi-def 10.1¨ seamless display.

* More Storage – Do even more with optional 2GB memory and optional 250GB4 hard drive.

* Navigation – Know your way like the back of your hand using the optional GPS with optional internal WWAN support.

* Design Studio – Personalize your Mini 10 with cool designs from the artist, Tristen Eaton, in Dell’s Design Studio.

* Long battery life – No need to sacrifice weight for battery life. The Inspiron Mini 10 provides extended battery life while keeping the weight of the system under 3 pounds. 3-cell: approx. 3 hours. 6-cell: approx. 6.5 hours.

* The New TV – Watch your favorite TV shows with the internal digital TV tuner.

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Progress?

Can't see anything on this n£tbook that my fleaBay (2005 vintage) Latitude X1 doesn't have, and that cost me £150.

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@Jason

Read the review and you'll find out...

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@Jason

Learn to read.

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re: resolution

>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.

top of page 6.

Still keeping hold of my money.

Not all tick boxes there yet.

ttfn

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I'd forget about putting Linux on that (for now)

Having a GMA500 graphic card, I'd forget about trying Linux on it until Intel come out with a proper driver. For some details:

http://www.happyassassin.net/2009/01/30/intel-gma-500-poulsbo-graphics-on-linux-a-precise-and-comprehensive-summary-as-to-why-youre-screwed/

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Hackingtosh

The mini-9 is famous for being perfectly suitable for use as a hackingtosh. What about this one?

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Not an SCC

SCC is:

Small, Cheap, Computer.

This one manages one out of three.

Let's compare:

Small:

EEE701 = 22.5 x 16.4 x 3.5 cm and ~.91Kg

Mini12 = 29.9 x 22.9 x 2.76 and 1.24Kg

Cheap:

EEE701 = £144.83

Mini12 = £329.00

Computer

EEE701 = Yes

Mini12 = Yes

A year or so back if you bought a computer for a little under £400 with a 12" screen you would just think it was a standard low-end laptop. Now post-EEEPC hype everyone tries to tell you it is a Netbook or SCC. Why does every low end laptop now pretend to be something that it isn't, and why do reviewers fall for the hype.

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"Incidentally, US buyers can opt for the 1.6GHz chip in the Linux 12 for an extra $50, but UK buyers have to make do with the 1.33GHz unit."

It never ceases to amaze me that the same [insert manufactured item here] can not be delivered to different countries in identical configurations. In this case do the marketing droids think that people in the UK don't WANT a faster CPU for their Linux? Are there IP licensing restrictions? Oh wait, I know... M$ wants to have exclusive access to the faster CPU to make their POS O/S appear to be able to keep up to Linux... but only in the UK? Curiouser and curiouser.

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@jason

If you read the article, you'll find a whole paragraph on screen resolution!

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more comparisons

If you're going to compare a netbook to the Macbook Air, it would be nice to see benchmark figures for a regular notebook included, especially as I suspect they are 3 or more times as fast. It's only a little help to know this is more or less the same speed as every other Atom based netbooks.

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Usual M$ fiddle...

Nice to see that Dell will ship this with Ubuntu as an alternative to Windoze and it will save you a few quid on the base spec (£329 compared to £379) but as usual you get a lower spec machine: not just a smaller HDD but also a slower Atom CPU.

Indeed if you opt for an 80GB HDD (same as the XP model) you'll pay £419! So your Dell Mini 12 with a slower CPU and free OS/software costs more than a Dell Mini 12 with pay-for OS/software. Go figure.

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Jobs Halo

How much are MS paying them?

it's not enough that the machine is to limited 1GB of RAM on Microsoft's say so; a condition of the XP Netbook Edition is that the machine doesn't have more than 1GB installed - to be in the safe side Dell have limited them to in hardware to 1GB (even the Linux version).

Somehow they have convinced Dell to overcharge for the Linux version - an Ubuntu Mini12 with 80GB HDD costs more than10% extra and you're still stuck with a processor which is 20% slower.

I wonder if the Netbook Edition of XP still has the clause about getting a rebate for the OS if you don't agree to the EULA? And if it does - would it mean paying back the subsidy that they must have paid Dell?

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The screen resolution is as mentioned...

....in the review.

I'm surprised the Ubuntu installs ...errr.... stalled. I have Ubuntu 8.10 running on my 2GB Mini9 and everything works very well out of the box. Great tool!

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@ Jason

Page 6, para 1 mate, wake up!

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Vista

I have got Vista Home Basic on mine (unfortunately) I didn't see an option to get XP otherwise I would have done. I purchased the mini via Dell in the UK in February.

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Memory

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.

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Sorry.....

.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.

Job done.

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Anonymous Coward

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.

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ahh

i just had an orgasm

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@Colin

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!

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