Small is wonderful! This phrase has been in keen usage by the mega laptop manufacturing companies in the world. The laptop has been shrunk to the tiniest of sizes and has even evolved into a tiny palmtop. Dell (Dell Inc. is a multinational information technology corporation based in Round Rock, Texas, United States, that develops, sells and supports computers and related products and services.) has also taken lessons from this bandwagon of changes in form factor and has launched its Inspiron Mini -series of netbooks (sometimes also called mini notebooks or ultra-portables are a branch of subnotebooks, a rapidly evolving category of small, lightweight, and inexpensive laptop computers suited for general computing and accessing Web-based applications; they are often marketed as “companion devices”, i.e., to augment a user’s other computer access.).
The new designed Inspiron Mini is a lightweight mobile netbook that goes anywhere with you, so it’s always easy to check your e-mail or connect to the Internet. It’s everything you need to stay in touch and entertained on the road. The series is blooding in two different models the Inspiron 1018 one bearing a hard drive of 160GB and the other bearing a hard drive of 250GB. While both have all the other features same they do show a cost difference of around 20$ because of the better quality hard drive.
The common features include: a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) display, a 92% sized keyboard, a high-gloss black finish, 1GB of DDR3 memory, a GMA 3150 integrated graphics, a 160/250GB hard drive, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, 10/100 LAN, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth 3.0, and a 3- or 6-cell battery, the latter enabling up to 7 hours and 18 minutes of operation per charge.
The Dell Mini Inspiron 1018 comes with a Windows seven starter that is sure to boost the performance of the device’s excellent processor the Intel Atom N455.. Netbooks typically have less powerful hardware than larger laptop computers. Some netbooks do not even have a conventional hard drive. All netbooks on the market today support Wi-Fi wireless networking and many can be used on mobile telephone networks with data capability (for example, 3G). Following them, is this one with integrated support for 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless networks and the compatibility with the 3G technology.
Another important feature is the support for the external optical drive and more than 7 hours of battery life. Those who have been following these new hardware releases must be wondering what an optical drive is and why is there much ado about it? An optical drive is a disk drive that uses laser light or electromagnetic waves for the process of reading or writing data to or from optical discs which indeed makes them significantly faster than the other disk drives. Most notebooks have these sort of disk drives these days but while comparing one actually compares their speeds.
The Inspiron Mini 1018 has a base price tag of €279 / £299 and in my eyes justifies the price range to its fullest.