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Dell are now offering the Mini 1012 with the HD 10.1" 1366x768 screen for £279. This also includes a 6 cell battery, 250GB hard drive, Bluetooth and Windows 7 Starter. The component list also states that it includes 3G mobile broadband although this is listed as a £100 option so this may just refer to the PCIe socket and antennas - it costs about £40 to buy an internal Dell 5530 3G card.
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Components
Intel® Atom™ N450 Single Core Processor (1.66GHz, 667MHz FSB, 512K L2 Cache)
Genuine Windows® 7 Starter for Small Notebook PCs, 32bit, English
Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
1 year of coverage included with your PC
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
10.1" HD TrueLife Widescreen Display (1366 x 768)
1024MB 800MHz Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x1024]
250GB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
Integrated 1.3MP Camera
Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery
Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g)
Integrated Intel® NM10 Express Graphics
Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Module - European
Obsidian Black cover with Gloss Finish
Also Includes
No DataSafe Online Backup 2GB (Direct)
Mini 1012 Netbook with WLAN Antenna and 3G Mobile Broadband
Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard
English Documentation
N04S1006
Inspiron 1012 Order - UK
1 year of coverage included with your PC
Inspiron 1012 Resource DVD (Diagnostic & Drivers)
No Accidental Damage Support
UK/Ireland 30W AC Adapter
No TV Tuner Selected
#2
a 10" screen at 1366?? Does it come with a magnifying glass?

Bonkers, but a good price.
#3
Jeezeypeeps
a 10" screen at 1366?? Does it come with a magnifying glass?

Bonkers, but a good price.


With Windows 7 you can increase the text size to make it more readable - that way you can still fit in a lot more than the standard 1024x600 screens.

- Simon.
#4
Personally voting cold sorry. Dell are unreliable, have a non-existent customer service and their products have a fairly high failure rate. Their extended warranties etc also tend not to count for anything. If you google it there'll be tonnes of people complaining about the aforementioned issues. . Go for something more trustworthy. I'd recommend a Samsung N510 or maybe the Asus Eee PC 1201N., both have an Nvidia Ion chipset which will give decent HD playback whereas the Intels tend to be pretty naff at it (I'm not familiar with this particular chip however.)
#5
Ichi
Personally voting cold sorry. Dell are unreliable, have a non-existent customer service and their products have a fairly high failure rate. Their extended warranties etc also tend not to count for anything. If you google it there'll be tonnes of people complaining about the aforementioned issues. . Go for something more trustworthy. I'd recommend a Samsung N510 or maybe the Asus Eee PC 1201N., both have an Nvidia Ion chipset which will give decent HD playback whereas the Intels tend to be pretty naff at it (I'm not familiar with this particular chip however.)


Dell are actually pretty average according to surveys such as this:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/17/laptop-reliability-survey-asus-and-toshiba-win-hp-fails/

I have bought loads of Dells and never had a problem personally but as they sell large numbers of PCs and laptops there will always be problems reported for all manufacturers. The laptops you quoted are more like £400 and are in a class above - this deal is for a netbook with 10" HD screen.

I don't believe either of the laptops you listed come with internal 3G either?

- Simon.
#6
Ichi
Dell are unreliable, have a non-existent customer service and their products have a fairly high failure rate. Their extended warranties etc also tend not to count for anything.


Not my experience. I've owned many Dells and never had an issues with build quality, customer service or reliability.
#7
Nice deal, but I think the HP 311c 11.6 with ION and 6-cell is a better Netbook for £269 delivered. (plus quidco which should bring it down to £258). Also 3G version at £296 (quidco down to £284).
(HP.co.uk and 10% discount)

I have had loads of Dells though, and all have been 100% reliable ! Tech Support is another thing but build quality and reliability get a great thumbs up from me.
#8
No they don't but I went shopping for one recently and came across these (or it may have been the HP Mini 311. ) for the same price range. I wouldn't trust such a weak spec to play HD well though if at all, especially not output at a higher resolution on a tv screen (no point in playing HD videos on such a small screen.) Also I'd argue the usefulness of 3G mobile broaband and how readily available it is free with a contract anyhow... also how limited it's usage allowances are and it's high cost per month.
#9
Bad buy - I have the HP 311c - freakin awesome.

No point having a HD screen if it cant play HD properly - no Broadcam accelerator or ion chipset in the Dell.

As to build quality - they are pretty rock solid I have had a Dell for ages.
#10
[QUOTE=Ichi]Personally voting cold sorry. Dell are unreliable, have a non-existent customer service and their products have a fairly high failure rate. Their extended warranties etc also tend not to count for anything.QUOTE]


Not in my opinion,I have been using Dell pc's since 1995 and they have been very reliable.I did have one pc that had a HD failure within the first week,they delivered me a complete new tower unit no problem at all.
#11
Ichi
Personally voting cold sorry. Dell are unreliable, have a non-existent customer service and their products have a fairly high failure rate. Their extended warranties etc also tend not to count for anything. If you google it there'll be tonnes of people complaining about the aforementioned issues. . Go for something more trustworthy. I'd recommend a Samsung N510 or maybe the Asus Eee PC 1201N., both have an Nvidia Ion chipset which will give decent HD playback whereas the Intels tend to be pretty naff at it (I'm not familiar with this particular chip however.)


People like you make me laugh.

Compared to HP and Lenovo (their only real rivals) Dell are amazing. I have never had a problem with Dell. Always turn up and always fix the fault. And thats not very often that we have to call them....Unlike HP and Lenovo.

As for Samsung...possilbly only just more reliable than Acer.

Google anything and people will be complaining. When you have had experience of all the major manufacturers reliability and customer service then come back here and post something relevant.
#12
bigpappa
Bad buy - I have the HP 311c - freakin awesome.

No point having a HD screen if it cant play HD properly - no Broadcam accelerator or ion chipset in the Dell.

As to build quality - they are pretty rock solid I have had a Dell for ages.


I think you can order it with the Broadcom HD decoder if you call direct:

http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/dell-mini-1012-discussion/19758-hd-screen-worth-waiting.html

The advantage of this Dell is the N450 cpu which doubles the battery life compared with the HP 311c. The HP is a good deal if battery life is not a concern though it is a bit bigger and heavier.

- Simon.
#13
Final day for 7% Dell cashback with Quidco:

http://www.quidco.com/dell?dduh

- Simon.
#14
jrw
People like you make me laugh.

Compared to HP and Lenovo (their only real rivals) Dell are amazing. I have never had a problem with Dell. Always turn up and always fix the fault. And thats not very often that we have to call them....Unlike HP and Lenovo.

As for Samsung...possilbly only just more reliable than Acer.

Google anything and people will be complaining. When you have had experience of all the major manufacturers reliability and customer service then come back here and post something relevant.


and people like you make me sad, very pathetic needing to come on and randomly insult strangers for sharing their opinions. There are also plenty of other rivals, perhaps those 2 are main rivals for companies but for the home user there are plenty of other, superior offers. Dell's one saving grace was that they were cheap, and now it's getting easier to find better. Go back to your cave troll.
#15
Dell customer service is very crap, Once the dumb idiots put me through the world on the phone.
I had talked to all sorts of different countries, starting in the UK, then India, then UK, then some Eastern european country, then US, then some South East Asian country (Philippines i think) all in one phone call. All because i wanted them to give me a UK keyboard coz mine came with a US. Guess what it still aint sorted yet?
#16
Amazing how people moan about the stupid things

I have been using Dells since about 1996. Yes about 1998 customer service was crap, and so was much of the hardware, but everybody's were the same!

Since about 2003 we moved back to Dell, and to be perfectly honest the customer service is fantastic. Just a couple of weeks ago on my Latitude, my DVD drive vanished for no reason. The tech support guys in India logged onto it, fixed my registry, and then all was working.
My company employs about 300 people who all use Dell's and we buy them, use them for 3 years and then dispose of them. Out of those 300, we will get about 2-3 hard drives fail per year (seagate) and about 1-2 Power supplies per year. To me this is a fantastic up time for PC's that are used in industry generally 24/7

Anyway...Voted hot as this is a great deal. To get the 3g modem built in is a great deal. Reception on these is at least 2-3 times better than a 3g Dongle
#17
I would be more concerned about Windows 7 Starter above anything, which comes with this netbook. This is a severely restricted version of Windows 7 (can't even change the background without a third party program. Unless you can install XP or Ubuntu instead, of course.
#18
Am I right in saying these are not mac hankintoshable?
#19
jezzery
Am I right in saying these are not mac hankintoshable?


Not at the moment though people are working on it.

- Simon.
#20
pet2000
I would be more concerned about Windows 7 Starter above anything, which comes with this netbook. This is a severely restricted version of Windows 7 (can't even change the background without a third party program. Unless you can install XP or Ubuntu instead, of course.


Personally I rarely have the background showing on my laptop as I run Chrome or Outlook etc. maximised. Other missing features like DVD playback are not necessary for a netbook and can be easily added through programs like VLC.

- Simon.
#21
thought this was a better deal on outlet ;)


Inspiron Mini 1010
(System Identifier: 04MVKY2Y)

* Inspiron Mini 1010 Atom Z520 (1.33GHz, 533MHz)
* Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition

System Price : £136.88

Operating System
Genuine Windows® XP Home EditionMemory
1024MB (1X1024) 533MHZ DDR2Hard Disk Drive
160gb 5400 rpm HDCertified Refurbished
Certified RefurbishedNoteBook Screen
10.1in HD True Life ScreenSystem Color
LCD Back Cover BlackMISC
Keyboard Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard
Dell Wireless 1510 (802.11n) Half Mini Card European
Battery Primary 6-cell 56W/HR
Wireless Europe Dell Bluetooth CardBase
Inspiron Mini 1010 Atom Z520 (1.33GHz, 533MHz)
#22
Ichi
and people like you make me sad, very pathetic needing to come on and randomly insult strangers for sharing their opinions. There are also plenty of other rivals, perhaps those 2 are main rivals for companies but for the home user there are plenty of other, superior offers. Dell's one saving grace was that they were cheap, and now it's getting easier to find better. Go back to your cave troll.


Didn't insult you, im just sick of people coming on here thinking they know about everything and flame a deal that people have took the time to post.


There are plenty of other rivals as big as Dell, Lenovo and HP are there?

Superior offers? Don't see you posting them...

Don't share your opinion if you don't know the facts.

I am now back in my cave you sad pathetic individual - now you go back in your cave you arrogant ****
#23
killie99
Not my experience. I've owned many Dells and never had an issues with build quality, customer service or reliability.


I agree - bought loads of Dells for personal use and many friends.

I recently changed a Dell 220ST for an HP Compaq machine and the Dell was much much better built. I say that as an ex-HP employee with high regard for their products as well. When the HP get's replaced it will be with a Dell.

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