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Hands-on with the Dell Mini 10v


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imgp1500We just had a chance to go hands-on with the freshly announced Dell Mini 10v. For the uninitiated, the Mini 10v is the cheaper version of the Dell Mini 10 which costs $299, $50 less than the Mini 10.

We noticed that the Mini 10v has a plastic case as opposed to a magnesium alloy one. The edge-to-edge glass screen is also gone as there isn’t a high-definition display option. The keypad doesn’t support multi-touch, and it has a VGA port instead of an HDMI one. Under the hood you’ll find a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 270 processor, Microsoft Windows XP, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB 5,400rpm hard drive, and a 3-cell lithium ion battery. The $349 Mini 10 has an Intel Atom Z520 processor clocked at 1.33GHz, 1GB of RAM, and a larger 160GB hard drive.

The plastic bezel is noticeably less chic, and you won’t want to take the VGA approach over HDMI if you connect your netbook to your LCD TV. At the highest end, you’re missing out on a 1366 x 768 display that’s available on the Dell Mini 10 only.

Overall, if you’re cash strapped, there’s not a lot of sacrifice. Chances are you might not have the high-end LCD and don’t require HDMI out anyway, and you may not need the high-def screen, so it’s a compelling buy.

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