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      06.11.2012 14:11
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      A convenient way to access the net when out n about

      I had had enough of the usual battle with the children for the use of my own computer, so made the decision to invest in a small laptop/netbook for each of them; for my son to play games on and my daughter to do her school work on. In theory this was a good idea but 12 months down the line these netbooks have been cast aside and I'm back to the same old battle, but £400 lighter!

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      On a positive note, these little laptops look great. They are neat, compact and come in a funky range of colours, including red, blue, purple, pink, and green. They seem to resist marking and fingerprints very well both on the inside and out, so their appearance is always spot on.

      The keys on the keyboard are not raised high at all which makes cleaning it really easy, and means little bits of grime (or breadcrumbs) don't get lodged down the side of they keys as they do in my larger laptop. The mouse is built into the keyboard so avoids the need to plug in a separate mouse, adding to the convenience of the product.

      Convenience is probably one of the main selling points of this netbook. Obviously it is small and perfectly formed, which means it can very easily be transported from room to room or even from house to house. It is light and easily fits in a standard sized bag without the need to buy a specialised laptop bag. The size is ideal for smaller fingers to manoeuvre around and is a perfect size to sit on your lap in bed.

      For such a small device this netbook still manages to come with a 250gb hard drive which, to give an idea of size, means it can store up to about 71000 photos or 60000 songs. It also has a long battery life of approx. 9 hours after being fully charged which is extra convenient when out and about.

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      I know it's a netbook and it's meant to be small - but it's just too small! Even the kids have lost interest in it, particularly after using a larger screen, as the size makes doing everything that much more difficult, and pictures are generally harder to see.

      The laptop does come with Windows 7 built in to it, but it doesn't have a disc-drive. I have found this quite awkward when wanting to download certain things off discs, and some things are impossible. For a price of £200 I was expecting a little bit more from this netbook, considering a standard laptop can be purchased at a very similar price.

      In summary, I would recommend this netbook as a convenient addition to your computing needs, but not as a sole household computer.

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        18.07.2012 02:16

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        great on the go, awful for files.

        I had this product to use to store my work and also download music, but wish I had picked a different product. Firstly, you buy the product and can't use office which is not stated when you purchase it. Office must be downloaded at an extra cost. I learnt quite soon I would be unable to work on the product because of this which is a problem considering the memory is.not massive and downloads really take their toll on the internet speed. I learnt soon anything you start storing will slow it down. I've had the product for a year now and barely use it as it takes so long to load up and the screen will always freeze, and that's with massive files removed. ITunes also wouldn't download and I continue to get an error message every time I turn it on, even after uninstalling and removing. I think for kids or teens, or those on the go it would be great. The battery life is good and the size is great for travelling. The keyboard is comfortable and.nice to use and the screen bright and clear. Ideal for internet browsing and social sites. I can say the internet defiantely has no problems but if you want a device for files then I would advise buying a laptop as they would be ideal for this and come with office installed.

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        28.04.2012 00:53
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        Ideal for those who don't always use laptops but would like the convenience of one in the home

        I had this laptop for almost a year until recently as I was given it brand new until I could afford a better computer with a larger capacity, RAM and a larger size altogether. I found that this laptop can be pretty convenient if you're not wanting anything particularly heavy or want something light to watch things on whilst travelling or using it in wifi hot spots however I would not recommend using this laptop if you need plenty of storage and a fast computer. I generally use laptops for online streaming and downloading music and film and I often found that certain download speeds and on line streaming would cause the computer to run really slow as it isn't an extremely powerful computer, although I did usually find success in watching things on line but it did become a common occurrence for the computer to struggle running high quality and high speed actions.

        It wouldn't suit your needs if you need a lot of software on it also due to the fact it is only a very small computer that is only suitable for basic use. Gaming is a no go as there is no graphics card and there is also no CD DVD rom drive. I have however been able to use programmes such as iTunes and windows media player providing that I was only able to store a certain amount of albums before the computer started to cry about it. The dell inspiron isn't a bad computer in itself as it is reliable and hasn't died or had any major issues in regards to hardware or how the computer runs, however it does all boil down to what exactly you plan on using it for. For instance, my mother now owns the laptop as she has arthritis and finds this small laptop much easier for her to use and doesn't cause her any pain or discomfort as most laptops are too heavy for her - she also only uses the laptop to go on social networking sites, emailing and using Microsoft office for her office work so in a nutshell if this is what you want then this will be ideal, anything more than that however it is advisable that you invest in something that has more power and more storage that will be able to handle it all.

        Providing you have the laptop on a decent power setting (this is pretty easy to adjust on the control panel so don't worry, there are also shortcuts on the task bar at the bottom right of your screen) the battery lasts a good few hours and I found that I only had to plug it in during use when I was watching things on line - anything else should last a really long time: in my experience it's varied between 2 - 4 hours before a battery warning sign appears on screen - it's also good to know that the charger itself is pretty light weight and isn't a huge brick like apparatus which you sometimes find with the larger laptops - though in comparison to previous models i've owned the charger is somewhat shorter than the average one and can be awkward depending on how convenient you find things with having plenty of available sockets around the house.

        In conclusion this laptop's capability goes with it's size; it's only small so be gentle with it as it won't cope with an over load of software and downloading only general daily use - A convenient little gadget to have!

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          09.03.2012 20:10

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          A small and convenient computer which unfortunately lacks some key aspects

          Note: This review is focussing on the usability of this laptop and my experiences with it, rather than technical specifications.

          I bought the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 when I moved to university in September 2010; I still have it now, and (most of the time) it's in relatively good working order. The reason I wanted this particular model was because I needed something small and easily transportable in order to be able to take it to lectures and use on trains. While it fits this brief in terms of size, I have experienced a number of issues with it due to the short battery life; currently, when not plugged in it doesn't even last for two hours. This means I am unable to conveniently take it into university with me to use during lectures. However, it is very portable; it fits in my, albeit rather large, handbag and so when I am travelling long distances via train it is easy to have with me. This is definitely useful, particularly as trains have plug sockets so I am able to use it.

          In terms of the look of the laptop, it is fairly funky. The colour is ice blue, and so it's a lot cooler than a typical black or dark grey model. The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 comes in a variety of colours, and so it feels a bit personalised. It is also quite durable; it still works two years on from purchase despite the fact that I have spilled numerous glasses of Diet Coke and mugs of hot chocolate over the keyboard. This is quite impressive, and part of the reason why I would definitely recommend it to students/teenagers!

          My main fault with it, aside from the poor battery life, is the fact that it lacks a DVD drive, although this is an issue with the majority of netbooks due to their size, and one that is easily redeemed by purchasing an external DVD/CD drive, although when doing this it is important to be careful as some DVD drives do not actually play DVDS.

          In conclusion, I would recommend this laptop, although it is not without its faults. It's great for someone who doesn't require something particularly highspec - for example, I mostly use it to browse the internet, watch TV and write essays. While the screen is quite small for watching television shows on websites such as BBC iPlayer, it's not impossible and works fairly well for this purpose. If you are looking for something that does more than just these basics, then another laptop/netbook might be better for you.

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          18.11.2011 19:58
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          Everything I want in a laptop

          After using a larger laptop for quite some years. I decided I wanted a smaller one. I have previously had Dell laptops and know that they are reliable. I chose this one. I ordered it right away. I wasn't all that expensive and at about £300 it was within my budget. When the laptop arrived I opened the packaging and loved the shiny surface to the laptop but knew it wouldn't look like it did for long. it scratches easy as I now know. When I flipped up the lid I was surprised at the size of the keyboard. It's not hard at all to type and I was expecting this to be an issue. The only place I can fault this laptop is the screen. Although I knew what I was doing when I bought this laptop and it's ten inch screen. I never expected it to be quite that small. Sometimes it just feels like it's too small. The quality of picture and the resolution more than makes up for this. The picture is brilliant. The battery life is also amazing. I can go on long trips and know that I won't need my charger and don't bother bringing it. At 8 hours or more it has more than enough battery life time. I love my laptop and don't think I will be upgrading to a newer one for a little while.

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          08.10.2011 22:31
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          okay for browsing, or if you really want a netbook rather than a laptop

          I have owned this Inspiron Mini 10 netbook for some months, and have made use of it. However, I have not felt able to use this machine as my main computer, and have often used my old laptop instead. A main criticism is the screen resolution. I find that the height of the screen is very restricting for working on documents, as I am scrolling down all the time. This problem is even worse when attempting to edit photos or do other image-related work. I appreciate that this a general netbook problem, but I do find this model suffers more from it. It is light to carry and not too bulky, though the power supply is not small. I managed to find a compatible Dell power supply that was smaller and now use that, though it would be better if Dell would supply a small power supply as standard. The Mini 10 is rather underpowered, and seems slow compared to newish full-size laptops. It is adequate for web-browsing. I have had no problems with it, no breakdowns or faults, so good for reliability so far.

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            17.09.2011 14:47

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            Fab little netbook, easy to use and looks great

            I've had this netbook for a few months now. I originally bought it as my husband was always using the desktop and I got tired of waiting to go on it myself! I looked around at netbooks and chose this one because it was a great price, and from a well known, reliable manufacturer. As I'm not very technologically minded I didn't really know what specs to look for, but so far this has done exactly what I wanted it to!
            First of all it's been so easy to use from day one, I was worried about how small it was (the screen and keyboard) but it hasn't been an issue at all. The keyboard is great and the touchpad too, easy to use. The picture & sound quality are great and watching videos etc is a good experience.
            The netbook is very lightweight and no trouble at all to take anywhere with me, and it's so easy to connect to wifi etc when out and about too.
            The only thing at the moment is that I stored some photos on it which seems to have slowed it down slightly, but it's not been a major issue...I just think it's not designed for saving loads of stuff on, but for surfing, internet shopping and some smaller work tasks it really is great and definately worth the money!

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            03.09.2011 19:55

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            portable and useful for basics

            This is a lightweight (1kg) portable netbook. The main function I bought it for was writing my dissertation in my last year at university. Although I have a desktop at home I wanted the netbook so I could write my dissertation on the move and carry it around with me everywhere.

            Its great for e-mail, using programmes such as word and excel, internet browsing and shopping. I find I can have many internet tabs open at one time without causing it to run slowly. Perfect for a student taking it to the library, coffee shop etc as you really need to be able to plug it in to use it for any length of time. The battery is meant to last 3 hours but I would say it runs for 2 hours at the very most when in use. I also use it to watch programmes on catch up tv, to download films and for skype which all run well on it.

            The biggest issue with this netbook would be the battery life. It also does not have a c.d drive which may be an issue for some people. are probably the biggest issues with this netbook. Other than that I cannot fault it.

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            02.08.2011 15:00

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            Great Product for the Price

            I have now owned the Dell Insprion Mini 10 for a couple of Motnhs and really loved the product to begin with. It is very lightweight and easy to use, I took it on holiday to watch films etc from I-Tunes and it worked great. The battery even last the whole 2 Weeks (In that time I watched a few films and listened to music).

            Then it went a bit downhill.......

            When I got back from Holiday, I was trying to list a few items on Ebay and I found that the speed of the Note book was an absolute nightmare. It was like waiting for paint to dry and took me quite a few hours to list just a few items.

            If you are looking for Basic Product with no downloading / uploading etc, this would be perfect, however, if you do want to download music etc I would have to say "Go for a Laptop" . It is worth paying the extra £200.00 for a Laptop!

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            05.07.2011 22:36

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            Love the laptop but dont expect to much!

            Great everyday, multi purpose laptop!

            My brother was looking at a Netbook to do homework, surf the Net, check Email on and watch videos on. We bought the Dell Mini 1018 based on Dell's reputation for quality and performance. I liked the way the machine ran, it did everything it was supposed to do per design and so I bought one for myself.
            I like the fact that I can connect a DVD player and watch a movie while on an airplane traveling to whatever domestic destination and still having some battery life available. I can check email and social media sites and it does just what it was advetised to do. This is by no means a desktop or laptop replacement, but more of a lightweight machine that handles small purpose tasks. I really wish it had come out of the box with the max memory the motherboard would take, but Crucial.com had 2GHz RAM that worked fine and the instructions in the user guide for replacing the RAM were easy to follow and quick.

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            30.06.2011 21:09

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            great little notebook for students on the move

            I purchsed this mini notebook for my college course as it would be easy to take with me, being small and not do bulky. I loved the slim design and the soft keys giving it a really nice feel to type on. The touch pad (used as the mouse) is sensiative but its ok to use when you get use to it. I love the wifi enable access, being easy to set up and surf the net in any wifi hotspots or at home on your home broadband. I found this very easy to use and set up both at home and college. The battery life is ok, but it could be better that would be the only fault i have for this great product. It is good for general use but to use it all the time when the battery runs low and you plug it in, it can get very hot. The screen is small but easy to see, the operating system is fast and runs smoothly with no problems so far since i purchased it. The sound quality is good with different sound equizalisers to choose from within the system, making it unique to your own needs. All round i rate this notebook high, for student study use, it is easy to use and set up and great to carry around in my handbag between classes. It also have 4 usb slots for connecting devises to store work and information on the go, which is great for work when needing to transfer work into another computer to print etc. All round i love this notebook and wouldnt be without it in my studies :)

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            14.05.2011 17:55

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            probably the best mini pc out there

            This is one powerful little machine! The screen is excellent quality and there is not much about it that I can complain about. My main thing would be the touch pad that is your mouse, but once you get used to it - it´s no problem at all.

            It has a built in modem which was the main reason I bought this, and it always always works. The web cam is good quality and the sound is surprisingly good.

            I love the design of the keyboard, it almost feels like you are typing on a normalsized keyboard, as the keys are unusually big for a laptop of its small size - so that´s a big bonus. A good thing for men who normally struggles on small keyboards - this will be no problem.

            It is quick to start up and with a 160 GB harddrive, 1GB RAM and an with the Intel atom processor you will be surprised at how many games you will be able to play on it.

            With the small size you obviously sacrifice the CD-drive. You can easily buy one that connects to one of its 3 USB ports. It also has a memory card reader so should you have lost your digital camera lead or just want to put a friends pictures on your lappy - it´s done in a second.

            It does get a bit hot if you have it on for a while, but then again - all laptops do. The battery is about the same as most mini laptops, it will last from 1,5 - just over 3 hours depending on what you are doing.

            It´s very light and because of it´s built in modem - you can take it with you anywhere you want!

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            15.03.2011 00:11

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            Good laptop for browsing

            I got this laptop with my mobile broadband contract and it has been great. Not amazing for games but things such as world of warcraft and portal play pretty well. It's a good size and weight and is fairly silent. It doesn't get too hot and uses little power when plugged in. The HDMI port is handy for when you want to plug it into your tv and watch online tv or stuff from itunes. The media buttons on the f keys are useful while playing games and listening to music. The media buttons seem to work with most media players including itunes and spotify. Overall I would recomend this laptop to anyone who wants to use it for some internet browsing and some light gaming. I would recomend something more powerfull if you mainly want a laptop for games but for browsing and music etc this laptop works really well

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            24.02.2011 10:58

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            ok for internet browsing and home use.

            i bought the inspiron mini as a cheap alternative to a big laptop. it connects to the internet easily but has very little business like capacity. when my works pc broke down i thought i would use this little laptop to do some work, i found this quite difficult. the laptop doesnt come with a disc or cd drive either. everything has to be saved onto a data stick. it could be made much better if it is bought with windows 7 on it, mine has got xp which isnt great.. all in all, if its just to brows the internet or download bits and bobs, this computer is fine, if you need a computer with good memory and the ability to do everything you need, i would bypass this little model. also, the battery runs down very quickly when not plugged in. fine when ur in the house, not so good on train journey etc.

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            04.02.2011 16:19
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            Power + Portability + Durability = One Well Designed Netbook

            I'm currently writing this review from a Dell Inspiron Mini 10, and I have to say that I would easily purchase this netbook again! My thought of a netbook was a cramped, and overall, dissatisfying experience with a "sub-par laptop". However, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 offers a nicely spaced keyboard, and comes with Windows XP installed. The netbook is not weak, as it can easily deliver high quality streaming content, as well as run a majority of popular programs, such as Microsoft Office 2010, without any slowdowns or glitches. The processor behind the netbook (Atom), definitely packs a punch.

            A netbook is definitely a buy for those who desire portability. There have been countless times that I have taken notes and work on major assignments in class, while my peers lugged around 17 inch laptops with their textbooks. The trackpad does take a little time to be adjusted to, but it is only a slight inconvenience. If there is an option for an OS, I highly recommend Windows XP, instead of Windows 7, because there may be performance issues with the other OS. I've only had several problems, but these occurred only about 2 years after purchasing my Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (had to replace power cord, and reformat OS once). Reformatting is built into the hard drive (recovery portion), so this is no big hassle for consumers who need to reformat.

            Overall, a very good buy for those seeking portability, power, and convenience.

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