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Consumer Review of the Dell Mini 10 Netbook - System Specs & Product Details - Inspiron Mini 10 Pictures

Updated on March 6, 2010

I love this little mini laptop!

Last weekend, I purchased the Dell Mini 10 netbook. My 15.4" laptop finally 'conked' out and I was in need of an affordable replacement. I currently use this netbook to surf the web, read e-mail, word processing, watching streaming video, playing iTunes and playing flash based web games (like So far, I am really enjoying this little netbook.

If you're thinking about possibly purchasing a netbook, click here for my article on whether or not a netbook is right for you.

If you'd like to find out more about the Dell Mini 10 netbook, read on!

Basic Information & Overview of the Dell Mini 10 Netbook

This netbook cost me $399. There are less expensive netbooks, however, I chose to pay about $100 more for the exceptional quality and great features that are included with this netbook.

The battery life is 2.5 hours and I can watch a movie and do some web surfing before the battery dies. Oh yeah, netbooks don't have a dvd or cd'll have to download everything or transfer it via a memory card or usb stick.

You won't be able to play heavy graphic games like the Sims 3, but you can play simple games like Diner Dash or internet flash games.

It plays music fine (no skipping), but the speakers aren't fantastic. Since you'll probably be using headphones, it's no big deal. Make sure to use speakers if you want to play music at a party.

Product Specifications

  • 3-cell battery, 2.5 hours run time - My netbook is my first laptop that has a battery life that is identical to the product specifications. With normal use, I get almost exactly 2.5 hours. I keep the screen dimmed, but can watch an entire movie online and surf around the internet. Dell is supposedly offering a 6 cell battery soon and I will definitely upgrade to that. Right now, 2.5 hours is plenty of time for me. 
  • 1GB installed memory
  • 160GB hard drive - Since there is no DVD drive, this hard drive is coming in handy for transferring my DVDs to my hard drive and for my massive music collection. It'll be hard to use the entire 160 gigs, though!
  • 10.1" Widescreen LCD (1024x576) display - I love this widescreen display. Even though the screen is small by typical standards, the widescreen feature really enhances web browsing and document editing.
  • Intel® Atom™ Processor Z520 - I don't know much about this processor other than the commercial I've seen on TV. Apparently, the processor itself is the size of a pea. That's incredible. Watching HD video when running other applications (web browser, outlook) is not going to be possible to do in full screen. In order to watch HD video, I have to make sure nothing else is running. Sort of a pain, but I'm not going to be using other programs while watching a full screen video, anyway. Streaming video online is generally ok when viewed as a full-screen.
  • Built-in 1.3MP webcam - I'm not really going to use this feature although it is pretty funny to play around with. The quality isn't grand and has a slow response rate on the screen. If you want to use it to take still pictures, it's ok. Just make sure you have ample lighting. The picture effects are really fun and there are more that you can download online. One funny effect enlarges your eyes and makes you look like an alien.
  • Wireless 802.11g (1397) Mini Card - The wireless is super fast, making this a fantastic netbook to surf the web with.
  • Media Card Reader - I love having a built in media card reader in my laptops, so this feature was very important to me. Very convenient.
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home - I refuse to start trying Vista. I'm waiting for Windows 7. Windows XP is fine with me! I know how to use it well and it works great on this netbook.
  • Dimensions 1.12"H x 10.28"W x 7.19"D (2.86lbs) - The keyboard on this netbook is almost full sized (I believe 92% of a regular keyboard). I have little hands and it'd even be fine for me if it was smaller. I can actually type faster on this netbook because of the size. 
  • 1 year warranty - I never purchase service agreements so while a 1 year warranty is pretty standard, I do appreciate it. My last laptop (a Toshiba) had the screen backlight go out in the first year and it's warranty saved me a lot of money.
  • HDMI Outlet - This allows me to hook up my mini netbook to my big screen tv. I haven't tried it yet but am really excited to do so! I'm hoping that the resolution will be ok. I'll update once I purchase the cable and try it out.
  • Other - In addition to everything else, the Dell Mini 10 has 3 USB ports (2 would be plenty!) & 1 microphone and 1 audio jack. The touchpad is superb, in my opinion and the hardware is extremely customizable for sensitivity. The left/right buttons are built in, so there are no extra crevices to allow dust and crumbs to accumulate.

Should You Buy A Dell Mini 10?

If you are looking for a small, convenient netbook that travels well and has a good battery life, then I'd definitely recommend it. It's perfect for everything that I do on a computer so for the time being, it's a perfect replacement for me. If you have larger hands, poor eyesight or are into resource heavy gaming, you definitely can't replace your current PC or laptop. However, many individuals purchase netbooks to keep in the kitchen or for use when traveling because of the portability factor. That being said, netbooks are definitely starting  to become affordable and helpful for everyday use. It's a great little accessory that can fit right in your purse or briefcase.


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    • Jen's Solitude profile image

      Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

      I was wondering about this notebook, thanks for such a thorough review. I think it is just the notebook for my friend.

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      You're welcome! They definitely can replace laptops for certain people. I plan on using this netbook exclusively for about 6 months until I can afford a more powerful one. So far, I'm not really missing any features that my now broken, high-end laptop had.

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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Excellent hub. I'm looking forward to getting my Dell Mini 9. Luckily, my regular laptop is still working. I'm going to set up a network between the two computers so I can transfer files that way...

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      spy_mas_ter 8 years ago

      Hey girly_girl, I tried to watch the video but when I clicked the play button I was given a message (on the video screen) that said "This is a private video. If you have been sent this video, please make sure you accept the sender's friend request." Let me know what's up with that, I really would like to watch it. Great hub other than that, keep up the great work!

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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Well, my mini came! It is so cute. I'm typing on it now. I'll be up to speed once I remember where they moved the apostrophe to :)

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      Yay! I'm glad you like it. The apostrophe change does take some getting used to. The delete key also took some getting used to at first, as it was in a different place than my last laptop's keyboard. other than that, the keyboard layout is pretty good. I think the guy that sold it to me said it's about 92% of a regular keyboard.

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      Rick_Grace_Pa 7 years ago

      I jusr received my dell mini netbook 10. Its awesome Watched videos played games the only compliant i have is it gets hot after about five hours of use other than that ... Thumbs up !

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      Megan 7 years ago

      If I purchase an external CD drive, can I put my Microsoft Office 2003 on the netbook?

      Can I put my regular Norton Internet Security on this netbook or do I have to buy the netbook version?

      Also, I can't find my documentation. Is the netbook supposed to be on when recharging the battery?

      I know these questions are rudimentary, but I'm a novice. HELP.

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      girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

      Hi Megan,

      You can use any regular PC software on the netbook and install it through the CD-drive. (assuming the software meets the system requirements, which Office & Norton do).

      As for charging - you can charge the netbook whether it is on or off. I do both frequently. Luckily, manufacturers expect that you will be using a netbook while it's charging.

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      Megan 7 years ago

      Thanks so much. I will now go out and buy an external CD-drive. Any suggestions? You're such a help.

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      Megan 7 years ago

      I'm sorry. I should have asked if it would be better to buy an external USB DVDRW drive in case I want to read, play, or copy information to a CD or DVD disk and also to use the DVD format. Does the external USB drive have to be made for the Dell mini 10? Any suggestions? Any help you can give me would be most appreciated.

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      girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

      I would buy a DVD-RW if you think you might use those features in the future. You can use any external drive with a Dell Mini 10 that connects via the USB port.

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      Megan 7 years ago

      Thanks so much. You've been a great help.

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      Natasha 7 years ago


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      das22 7 years ago

      Which of the 4 Dell Netbooks is the best one to get.....

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      James 7 years ago

      Natasha, Go on dell official website and look up 'Mini 10 accsessories' and you should see two or more schoices of DVD drives. I would suggest the I-OMagic Corporation drive. it looks multi purpose.

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      June 7 years ago

      I would like to know if the mini will be a legitimate laptop for at home and not for just on-the-go

      Also,will I be able to post good photos on facebook and can I be on imvu and websites like such that have high-quality graphics

      Finally, I would like to know if I can play games on websites like

      It would be great if anyone could answer these questions because I need to know if this will be the perfect notebook for me. Thanks :)

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      Amber 6 years ago

      well i loooove to play sims. and i wanted to know what i would have to do to be able ti play sims on my mini inspiron 10. if u have any help for me let me know!!! or u can email me.

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      Charm Baker 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Excellent Hub - You did such a wonderful job of reviewing the product and addressing my concerns. Thanks - I'll comment again when I get mine this Xmas1 Thanks again

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      jayzen 6 years ago

      i purchased the amazing notebook of dell

      its so wonderful and the application is so nice

      than other netbook

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      sarah123456 6 years ago from melbourne

      good article~

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      Linda 6 years ago


      I love playing on but my lap top is too bulky to take to bed with me when I want to laze there and play. Is this netbook able to do pogo games? I also want to download music to listen to on it and do email at night while in bed, and love the ides of its convenient size so I can take it with me sometimes when out. Also want something I can do videos with if possible (no cell phone), for I have several dogs I would love doing that with. Let me know if this is the one for me, thanks! I am looking hard for the right gadget for me and with little knowledge for I am not electronic savvy.It's not been easy! :>)

      Thanks for your help, Linda

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