Dell Mini 10 Review

June 1, 2010

Dell’s entry into the netbook market,the Dell Mini 10, appears a little pricey at first blush.

The great thing about netbooks is the portability combined with the price.  It’s essentially the cheapest way to get a fully functional computer.  They are certainly much better built than many laptops.  At least the ones manufactured by ASUS and MSI are better built.

Whether the Mini 10 is as sturdy is almost beside the point, because its regular price 630 dollars.  That’s the regular price for the one with the larger 6 cell battery pack. A comparable MSI WIND cost less than 400 dollars.

Dell Mini 10 is an expensive netbook

Dell Mini 10

Why would Dell even offer such a product in the netbook niche and then make it much more expensive than the alternatives? It’s tough to say.  Not only is the regular price listed as 630 bucks but they’ll charge you 40 bucks more for one in a pretty non black or white version. Whether the extra charge for “designer” colors bears any resemblance to Dell’s infamous “Della” site for women doesn’t bear contemplating.

The Dell Mini 10 does offer to load Ubuntu Linux instead of A Microsoft OS and that’s at least kind of interesting.  But choosing Linux it isn’t going to save you any money so you might as well buy an MSI Wind, which comes with Windows XP and then load your preferred Linux distribution on top of that.  This will save you about 200 bucks.

Dell mini 10 review

Seriously though, why would Dell even want to make a netbook like the Mini 10? It doesn’t seem like a good business decision, because every time someone buys one they will realize how clunky the far more expensive laptops suddenly seem.  In other words each sale of a netbook is also an advertisement against 90 percent of the merchandise Dell sells. So unless Dell is preparing to scale way back on the traditional laptops, it’s hard to see the wisdom in bringing out a netbook.

Maybe it’s worth it in some circumstances.  I could imagine someone with a gift card who had to buy a Dell being happy with their decision. These netbooks are obviously assembly line products, so you don’t have to worry about having to experience the strange and perplexing moment when you open up your computer casing only to realize that it was designed a bit like new car which means if anything goes wrong you’re going have to send it back.

The Dell Mini-10 isn’t the best netbook available!

The Dell Mini-10 is the cyber equivalent of the high-maintenance date: attractive and expensive certainly, but in the long run, is it worth the money you spent on it?

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