Many of you have been keeping track of the Mini 10 since we previewed some details at CES. Starting today, we'll begin taking preorders from customers in the United States through QVC. U.S. online availability through Dell.com will follow soon after—it's scheduled for February 26. We'll begin shippping next month. The regional schedule will vary, but the Mini 10 will be available to Dell customers worldwide in the future.
It comes standard in Obsidian Black, but we offer Alpine White, Promise Pink, Cherry Red, Ice Blue and Jade Green as color options. Mini 10 pricing starts at $399. With the 3-cell battery, its starting weight is 2.86 lbs.
Update (2-26): The Mini 10 is now available for order at Dell.com.
The Mini 10 will be available with two Atom processor options: the Z520 and Z530. Standard features include:
Initially, all Mini 10s will come with 1GB fixed RAM (which means it will not be upgradable), the Windows XP operating system, and a 16:9 edge-to-edge display that supports a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768. The default screen resolution is 1024 x 576, which is a better fit for the widescreen display. As far as ports, the Mini 10 features HDMI out, 3 USB ports, an Ethernet jack, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, AC Power in and 1 line out + 1 Mic-in ports.
Update (3-31): The high resolution screen is now available as an option on the US website. For $35 more, you now can opt for a 1366 x 768 display).
Update (4-30): I tweeted this last week, but forgot to update this post: The 6-cell 56W/Hr battery is now available as a $30 option. Beyond that, we now offer some designs in addition to all the color options I've mentioned elsewhere in this post.
Update (8-15): Recently we just began offering a promotional Mini 10 configuration for customers in the United States with 2GB of RAM and Windows Vista Home Basic with SP1. For more details, check out my updated post on the 2GB topic here.
All Windows XP machines will ship with Windows Live Essentials and the Windows Live Toolbar. Microsoft Works will also be standard software. Microsoft Office Basic 2007 will be an option in the future.
If you prefer Linux, Ubuntu 8.04 will be an available option soon. The higher resolution 720P panel will be available as an option in the future and the integrated digital TV tuner will be available on a future model. While I'm on the subject of future options, Bluetooth, integrated GPS and mobile broadband, will all be options down the road.
I've been using the entry-level config for Mini 10 for the last few days. My verdict: I'm going to have a hard time giving it back. The keyboard is the first thing I noticed—at 92% the size of a standard keyboard, it's a bit larger than the one on the Mini 9. I adjusted to it in no time. The other thing I noticed was that overall performance on Windows XP seemed really snappy. Just about all my work these days revolves around e-mail and web-based apps, and for those kinds of things, the Mini 10 was great. I installed Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3 and fired up several tabs to mimic what I do everyday. I used two of my favorite Twitter clients, Twhirl and Tweetdeck to have some conversations there. Beyond that, the Mini 10 performed well when I uploaded and viewed videos and images on YouTube (even HQ and HD-quality ones) and Flickr, checked Techmeme and wrote most of this blog post on both Live Writer and the Community Server back end. Doing these kinds of activities, I was able to get about 3 hours of battery life with the standard 3-cell battery.
I'll update this blog post as new options become available. For a bit more background on the Mini 10 and where netbooks fit in the world of mobile devices, check out this StudioDell video. And if you want to see some photos of the Mini 10, take a look here on Dell's Official Flickr page.
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loupgarou2: Notice I said initially.
ShakataGaNai: Thanks for your comment and for your patience. I tried to provide a good overview of the kind of options that will ultimately be available on the Mini 10. I will provide updates to this post as new information is available.
I appreciate you're overview of what will be available, but when will it be available. Are we talking next week, next month, or 6 months?
Poor. There is absolutely no reason to firstly have fixed ram. This is a major turn off for me. Secondly, 1gb? Just not good enough. You know people want 2gb, why make them wait?
I'm disappointed and I'm going to have to reconsider whether I want to wait or just get something now. Oh well.
Here is the official dell site with specs.
I am disappointed that it doesn't offer the following.
1. No Linux option yet
2. No 2GB Ram option (Which means you can forget about future upgrades such as running Vista or Windows 7)
3. No Solid-State-Hard-Drive option, which means poor battery life and a bit more noise from the running fans.
4. 1.3MP camera? Where's the 2.0MP?
5. Needs a higher resolution than 1024x576. There won't be much room for a browser after a few toolbar add-ons.
6. No Firewire, VGA, PCMCIA,, and 56K modem support
That's pretty sad. No 1GB RAM upgrades, none of the "good" features available now (HD screen, GPS, SSD, even Bluetooth?), only vague "coming later" promises, from a company who defined user customization and hardware choices. And if prices start here, how expensive will it be when these features eventually get added? Why even have the HDMI output if you can't view HD content on the screen and/or if you might not have the horsepower to decode and play it to an external output device?
Where did Dell go wrong? This reminds me of the M1330; announced too early, and by the time they finally shipped the darn thing, competitors had already launched thin-and-light offerings with upgrades.
Seems like the Samsung NC10 and 1000HE are the way to go (better feature set, better price, available today). Tsk tsk Dell.
Lionel: I appreciate Dell relaying this information to the
customers, but I have to say I am seriously underwhelmed, which seems
to be the case for the rest of the markets response to this news.
People come to Dell because they sell highly customizable products.
It seems wrong to tease a product as Dell has done with the Mini 10,
and then to release it crippled, with all of the noteable features from
Of the items listed, the version to be released will have 4 of the features mentioned... I was seriously going to spend part of my income tax refund on the mini 10, but it looks like I am going to have to look elsewhere.
The qualification of "initially" just doesn't cut it...
For how long Dell has been hyping this system, it's "initial" offering is not only sub-par but completely a waste of time. I hope no one is foolish enough to purchase this product until Dell get's it's act together and stays a bit more true to it's history (customization) and it's word (hype about this product we've been hearing for 3 months).
Ah, I guess pricing was spilled on QVC. $449 preconfigured gets you 1.6 GHz Atom Z530, 1GB RAM, 160GB HD, 10.1-in 1024x576. Hmmm, definitely no HD screen, no GPS, no TV tuner, but I wonder about 802.11 and BT (probably included).
Well, thankfully the pricing isn't all *that* bad, but the Asus 1000 HE at $399 with a much bigger batt, 1024x600, etc. I think is still the better choice. If Dell can add the GPS unit and HD screen and keep the price only marginally above the competition, they might have a winner here... but I'm guessing it'll take some time to roll it out (look at the blog piece above), and the competition presumably won't sit still either.
What a terrible waste! I simply cannot believe that Dell released the Mini 10 as a lame Duck!
Like many others, I was eagerly awaiting the release of this device since it was revealed at CES.
I am absolutely shocked and dismayed that Dell would release this machine in it's current crippled state. This is just not good enough, you are literally driving people away towards the competition, which as we all know in this market segment, is fierce.
Shame on you Dell! A wasted opportunity - I for one will be looking elsewhere for my next Netbook. I was SO looking forward to the Mini 10!
i'm disappointed too but WAIT, on their webpage, it reads 2GB RAM at a later date. i hope they deliver on that promise.
also, runcore might be making SSDs to replace their mechanical hard drives. http://www.runcore.com/prodshow.asp?ID=161
The following Inspiron Mini 10 features will be available at a later date:
I'll agree somewhat with most here. But, I am patient, so the features announced but not yet offered don't bother me too much. Some folks are just too impatient.
BUT, the lack of upgradable memory? That's a slap in the face of your customers, especially the loyal ones. Bad move. Very bad move. Sure, a Netbook is supposed to be limited. But this limitation is not one seen on most other netbooks, and is totally unacceptable. Dell is slowly but surely loosing my interest as a customer... And, YES, I am a corporate buyer, so I buy a LOT of computers.
Sad, Sad, Sad........................that's all I can say. I was really looking forward to the Mini 10 and Dell went and released it absolutely crippled. Dell.....WHAT were you guys THINKING!!
Guess I'll go buy me an HP 2140................
Whoa, just priced one up (well, you can't really customize it, but...)
Dell Mini 10, black, Intel Z530 (1.6GHz), 1024x576, Win XP home, 1GB RAM not upgradable, 160GB HDD, 802.11g, no Bluetooth?, 1.3mp webcam, 3-cell batt. $449. And with an April 2 ship date.
I'm using the Asus PC 1000HE as a benchmark. Intel Atom N280 (1.66GHz), 1024x600, Win XP home, 1GB RAM upgradable to 2GB, 160GB HDD, 802.11bgn, Bluetooth, 1.3mp webcam, huge 6-cell battery. $375. Available now.
(a) anyone know the differences between the chip and chipset combos here? Z530 vs. N280? Also any comments on the performance of the integrated graphics? I think they're different?
(b) what's up with the 1024 x 576? I though WSVGA is standard 1024 x 600?
(c) I could have swore there was no Bluetooth option in the Dell Mini 10 config?
I'm pretty disappointed with the pricing too... the Mini 10 looked pretty promising when they announced it, but I think alternatives are stronger and cheaper.
Perhaps they need to claw back some cost, short of cash so they release the bog standard version, get some cash then await the new graphics chip, new motherboard to support it and the better processor lurking in the background. Then we may see the mini 10 we want.
But when? Would be nice to have an update on this.
I have been looking for a netbook. I would like to stick with a US company to help with local jobs which are becoming scarce. Yes, I know these are made overseas but at least more local folks benefit and it is nice to have pride in an American product.
So the Mini 9 looks real promising and the price is right.. I find it at Sams Club and Dell for a great price. Reality strikes... I'll have to wait 4 weeks for delivery!?! A month? In a world where products are obsolete the moment you buy them.
Then I see the CES info about the Mini 10 with GPS, 720p... and the Dell site. Wow, the specs are impressive, maybe I'll by one of these. Reality srikes again...I find on the Dell site that most of the features annouced at CES are not available. I didn't bother to check delivery time.
Guys... home team, this is really disappointing. I can grab an Acer netbook at Walmart for <$300. I can drive over there right now, pick one up and have it running in an hour. I could be on my exercise bike tonight, reading news and watching vids on it as I burn away this American fat.
I guess I'll try HP next. Michael, I'll be back but you have to fix this. I know you can do it.
Still no news on when all the optional features will be available?
Lionel: can't you just give us a clue as to when we can expect the upgraded mini 10s to be available? is it going to be weeks, months, half a year, 2012?? All I really want is the 2GB RAM, 720p display and the 6 cell battery. I need a new laptop within the next 2 months or so, and I would really like to buy the mini 10 because I honestly do like it and think it will be a great netbook. But if it is still not available by then, then I will have to go look for another one. So please... you don't need to give us an exact release date, just a clue as to when the upgrades could possibly be available. I am willing to wait a little bit, but I really need a new laptop soon. So just tell me... should I wait or not? Will it be available in the next 2 months or not?
Everywhere on the internet that I have heard about the Mini 10 I have heard the same thing. Video reviews, comments on various websites, even the comments here. Anger at the fixed RAM, the price, the absurdly large non-SSD hard drive, the resolution, and the lack of timeframe for the updates.
Yet I have not seen any sort of response from Dell that addresses this unanimous upset head on. I think we deserve some sort of explanation. Be honest with us. Personally, I got burned with the Mini 9 and it's horrible placement of the quote/apostrophe key, and was looking forward to the larger keyboard on the 10. But this is absurd, I have no motivation to buy this instead of a netbook from a different company. Does Dell really think this netbook is able to compete with the netbooks that were released a year ago? I get the feeling that Dell realizes this is a flop, but can't admit it for marketing reasons.
If Dell fixed the problems that have been unanimously pointed out, maybe it would have an edge, but if it is going to take 6 months, it's going to be too late.
I recently contacted Dell to inquire on the availability of the Studio One 19 desk top, and on a possible date for the update of the Mini 10. I received no answer to either question. I have been patiently waiting to buy both these American products -albeit made in China- but Dell's marketing ploys are abyssmal. How about giving the public exact dates as to when a product is going to be available in the USA, not in China or Japan - and one must wonder why a suppossedly American product is sold first in a foreign country - and when a product such as the Mini 10 is going to be upgraded with all the bells and whistles promised.
I am beginning to lose patience with Dell and go for a netbook made by a competitor. At least they are readily available and one does not have to wait and see when Dell is going to tell the public about its products. And we wonder why American companies are having such a hard time.