Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 Netbook (N450, Win7, 6 cell battery) £200.34 @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Seems like a good deal for the spec. I was looking for a £200 netbook for my daughter's birthday and wanted Windows 7, the later generation of processors (N450 not a 270/280) and as much battery power as possible.

This seemed to fit the bill well. £229 on the Dell site and that's only with a 3 cell battery.

Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz
1GB RAM
160GB SATA
10.1" WSVGA TrueLife
No Optical Drive
Webcam
Windows 7 Starter

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UPDATE: 14/06/10
Sometime during yesterday, eBuyer seem to have changed the description to include 'Boxed Open' and reduced the price by about a quid. I'm not sure whether this means there are 2 batches of netbooks (one new, one 'boxed open') but they've just stuck them under the same product code or whether they are all 'boxed open'.
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#1
Full details from ebuyer site:

Overview
Product Description
Timing is everything, and now you can have all the time in the world. The newly designed InspironTM Mini 10 offers up to 9.5 hours of battery life to keep you on the go.

This Dell Inspiron Mini Netbook features a 160GB hard drive, plenty of room to store all your photos and music. It also features a webcam so you can communicate with friends or family from miles away, or use it to take images of yourself to upload on to the net.

If you're looking for a small, lightweight, great quality Netbook for general web browsing, emailing and keeping your photos safe then the popular Dell Mini Inspiron Netbook is for you!



Processor

* Intel Atom N450 1.66Ghz
* FSB: 667Mhz
* 512k Cache

Memory

* 1GB 800MHz DDR2

Hard Drive

* 160GB 5400rpm SATA HDD

Optical Drive

* None

Software

* Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 ® Starter (32 bit)
* Works 9 with Home & Student - Trial

Security

* McAfee Security Centre 10.0 – 30 days Trial

Display

* 10.1” WSVGA TrueLife

Graphics

* Integrated Graphics

Audio

* Built in Speakers

Input Devices

* Keyboard + Touchpad.

Networking

* Inspiron Mini 1012 WLAN
* Dell 1397 Wireless Card

Power Supply

* 30W AC Adapter
* 6 Cell Battery

Warranty / Miscellaneous

* 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
* Webcam
#2
Seems a very good deal, heat and rep.
#3
[FONT=Verdana]Good find OP and heat from me - this looks not to bad, especially with the inclusion of the six cell battery!

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
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#4
Why not ring Dell up and get them to supply a 6 cell and ask them to beat that price?
#5
Looks good to me.
#6
This is how I thought the netbook market's prices would be when i first saw the 701. It is the buyers market at the moment.
#7
[FONT=Verdana]As I was getting asked about this (via a personal message) I've found the following YouTube video, which covers how to upgrade the memory and the hard disk present within this netbook.

YouTube - How to Upgrade and Dismantle Dell Mini 1012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAuC_22qsG0

A good resource blog and forum to visit (for support from fellow owners) would also be the MyDellMini.com website.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
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#8
nice find , wonder if dell will beat it themselves ???
#9
Would it be able to play i-player on a 22" screen via hdmi or DVI- without lag etc?
#10
david1274
Would it be able to play i-player on a 22" screen via hdmi or DVI- without lag etc?


My acer aspire one plays Iplayer perfect (hooked up to external monitor or whatever). It's an atom 270 with only 512mb RAM

Forget about HD though.

This netbook only has vga output btw
#11
carphone warehouse msi wind u135 at £199 is also a great machine. Similar spec but not as good battery life.
#12
david1274
Would it be able to play i-player on a 22" screen via hdmi or DVI- without lag etc?


if thats a priority, you might be surprised at the supriority of a ps3?
#13
derrycityboy
My acer aspire one plays Iplayer perfect (hooked up to external monitor or whatever). It's an atom 270 with only 512mb RAM

Forget about HD though.

This netbook only has vga output btw


That would be a very important requirement for me, so I'll pass on the Dell.
#14
Seems a benchmark
#15
le_jaeger
if thats a priority, you might be surprised at the supriority of a ps3?


An Atom based ION motherboard will do 1080p no problem at all under Linux with 1Gb. Don't know if there are any Atom based Netbooks but the Acer Revo from ebuyer for £179 will do what you want easily and is a million times better at it than a PS3.
#16
Oh and good price, picked one of these up not that long ago for the Old Man and he loves it, battery life is good and I paid a considerable amount more.
#17
Jus ordered and cancelled...Found It has no fan which is very sad in my opinion..gonna get really really hot...very hot netbooks on the lap is real bad for men:x..a vasectomy in the making:whistling:
#18
hotz
Jus ordered and cancelled...Found It has no fan which is very sad in my opinion..gonna get really really hot...very hot netbooks on the lap is real bad for men:x..a vasectomy in the making:whistling:


You don't need a fan is the passive cooling is good enough. Can't say as I've noticed it getting particularly hot to be honest.
#19
hotz
Jus ordered and cancelled...Found It has no fan which is very sad in my opinion..gonna get really really hot...very hot netbooks on the lap is real bad for men:x..a vasectomy in the making:whistling:


I thought the n450 ran really cool and doesn't need a fan?
#20
threluja
You don't need a fan is the passive cooling is good enough. Can't say as I've noticed it getting particularly hot to be honest.


Passive cooling may be enough under most circumstance but nothing compares with rock solid fan cooling...particularly very necessary, if planning on travelling to tropical country for the holidays like myself
#21
I think I read somewhere that you can put the MacOS on one these.
If thats the case I'll deinitely have one.
#22
Zaxxan
I thought the n450 ran really cool and doesn't need a fan?


Its not only the processor but the graphics chip,motherboard,Hard disk all benefits from additional cooling..failure rate may be high if there is no adequate cooling
#23
msharif911
I think I read somewhere that you can put the MacOS on one these.
If thats the case I'll deinitely have one.


most netbooks like toshiba and samsung support mac os x if you know to configure properly
#24
I'm in the market for a netbook, is this the one to look at then??
#25
david1274
That would be a very important requirement for me, so I'll pass on the Dell.


Do ANY laptops have HDMI output?

Would also be interested in that for hooking up to the family telly.
#26
johneem
I'm in the market for a netbook, is this the one to look at then??

depends on what you want...With standard configurations on every model its a combination of build quality,keyboard layout,price,cooling,support etc to choose the right one that caters to your need:thumbsup:
#27
hotz
most netbooks like toshiba and samsung support mac os x if you know to configure properly


Didn't thnk you could on the N450
#28
johneem
I'm in the market for a netbook, is this the one to look at then??


Depends what you want, personally I wouldn't swap my Mini 9 for anything at the moment.
#29
threluja
Didn't thnk you could on the N450


requires few kernel patches but i have seen a friend running it on new n450
#30
Needs: run xp - this kind of price, battery life,.

i need xp as I run a specific music program which only runs on XP not vista company who made the software went bust so there's no update s and cant afford alternatives anyway this looks like the one for me.
#31
johneem
Needs: run xp - this kind of price, battery life,.

i need xp as I run a specific music program which only runs on XP not vista company who made the software went bust so there's no update s and cant afford alternatives anyway this looks like the one for me.


refurbished samsung n130 available in saveonlaptop.co.uk for 189 quid and 12 month full company warranty might be worth a look...any other good deals would be appreciated before i make a buy as well
#32
doesn't work properly on osx so no gud for me, who'd wanna use windoze!?
#33
hotz
refurbished samsung n130 available in saveonlaptop.co.uk for 189 quid and 12 month full company warranty might be worth a look...any other good deals would be appreciated before i make a buy as well


Cant find that one ! got a link?
1 Like #34
johneem
Cant find that one ! got a link?


http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/OPEN_BOX_-_Samsung_N130_973042.html hope it helps:thumbsup:
#35
can you run this as a hackintosh?
#36
The mrs is after a newer, smaller netbook compared to the laptop she has now.
Im not that familiar with netbooks so was wondering if this can browse multiple firefox tabs, cycle through pics pretty quick and have mp3's playing in the back ground? As thats all it will normally be used for.
Thanks
Gaz
#37
upgrade it to win 7 ?? think that has a xp mode some good links for v ceap win 7 :) :pirate:



johneem
Needs: run xp - this kind of price, battery life,.

i need xp as I run a specific music program which only runs on XP not vista company who made the software went bust so there's no update s and cant afford alternatives anyway this looks like the one for me.
#38
fingermouse
upgrade it to win 7 ?? think that has a xp mode some good links for v ceap win 7 :) :pirate:


xp mode is only on win7 pro and ultimate as far as i know. not sure about win7 starter.


http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/software/352627/microsoft-windows-7-starter-edition
that will be a no then.
#39
Good price voted hot.
#40
zurich
xp mode is only on win7 pro and ultimate as far as i know. not sure about win7 starter.


Indeed pro and ultimate, and the N450 doesn't support VT anyway so not an option.

As for people with worries about heat issues it was not the previous generation atom that was the need to have non-passive cooling but the graphics chipset used. Now the cpu has a much improved (power wise) onboard gpu it is much easier to use passive cooling to keep the chip within its limits.

I for one welcome passive cooling. Also who sits with the netbook over there groin area!:?

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