Dell Inspiron Mini 12 priced, starts at $549

By on November 13, 2008, 5:33 PM
The new Dell Inspiron Mini 12 netbook that has been teasing us over the last month has finally received a price and a shipping date. There are three models available, with the lowest-end starting at $549 with a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 CPU, a 40GB hard drive, and a three cell battery.

The next pre-configured system is priced at $599, features the more powerful 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, bumps storage to 60GB and has a larger 6-cell battery for about 5.5 hours of use. Finally, the last pre-configured system sells for $649 and sees the hard drive size bumped up to 80GB and the Limited Warranty bumped up to 2 years from one year on the lesser models.

All three versions, unfortunately, get a paltry 1GB of RAM that cannot be upgraded and the only OS option for now is Windows Vista Home Basic not the best combination performance-wise. Also, at this price range, you could buy a low-end notebook with more under the hood or perhaps a netbook with the same (if not better) specs for well under $500. The benefit however is the larger, 12-inch screen, thinner profile at about 1-inch thick and near-regular-sized keyboard. Dell is now taking orders for the Mini 12 with an estimated ship date of December 8.




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DarkCobra said:
You gotta be kidding right? A near $600 laptop with a paltry 1.3gh processor and a laughable 1g of ram that CAN'T even be upgraded and this thing is supposed to run Vista smoothly? What dumbbell is this thing aimed at? You will just barely be able to surf the web with this thing much less run much of anything else. Spending just a few bucks more will get you a laptop that isn't much larger with twice the horsepower and ability all around.
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