Dell Mini 12

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The Dell Mini 12, is larger than most netbooks, featuring a comparatively large 12-inch LCD.  As the larger brother of the Dell Mini 9, the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 features the Windows Vista operating system, and the new Intel Atom Z530 1.6Ghz processor.

Although larger than most netbooks the Dell Mini 12 maintains it’s portability advantage over normal laptops, weighing just 2.72 pounds, and measuring less than one in thick.  The Dell Mini 12 reviewed here features Windows Vista.

Key Features

  • 12-Inch LCD
  • 1280 x 800 Resolution
  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU
  • Windows Vista
  • Upto 80GB HDD
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Intel GMA 500 Graphics (64mb)
  • 802.11b/g WiFi
  • 2.72 Pounds / 0.92 inch. Thick
  • Bluetooth/ 1.3 Megapixel Webcam


The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 certainly breaks new ground by offering a bigger screen than any other netbook without adding much weight, and you’ll get very good endurance with the six-cell battery. But while we applaud Dell’s efforts to make Vista easier to use with its flashy dock, the Mini 12 doesn’t have the right hardware to handle this Vista.
Source: Laptopmag | Rating: 3.5 Rating

The Dell Mini 12 isn’t set to please everyone. Some will slam its price tag as being too high for a netbook, and ask why you wouldn’t buy a ‘real’ notebook for that price. Others will decry the presence of Windows Vista and the 1GB memory limit, either on their own or as a pair. Yet I can think of plenty of mainstream users – typically the family, friends and workmates of many APC readers – for whom this $999 netbook will really hit the sweet spot.
Source: APCMag

If it weren’t for its tendency to tip over, the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 would be a decent netbook. The device is further shackled by the inclusion of a slower Atom processor than its predecessor, and Vista Basic.
Source: Cnet Australia | Rating: 3 Rating