Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dell Inspiron Mini 10v - Review after a few days extensive use

Follow up from my post on Dell Mini 10v vs Asus EEE PC 1008HA

Actually the Dell Inspiron Mini 10v (Inspiron 1011) netbook fulfilled my expectation.

What I liked so far
  • It's very silent, you barelly hear the hard drive
  • Even if the display isn't the brightest ever seen in a netbook, it's enough even with sunshining
  • Long battery time, with display dimmed to half I get 6 to 7 hours
  • Bluetooth included
What I didn't like
  • The surface is easy to scratch and you see the fingerprint
  • The touchpad is horrible, I can't get used to the "buttons", you move the pointer instead of "clicking", I mostly use a small mouse.
  • Suboptimal "standby", from time to time I see that the standby doesn't work well. The Mini 10v draws much current while in idle, sometime reboots after idle. I'll investigate more
  • No hard disk LED
  • Stupid powe supply LED, it is on even if not plugged
Neutral opinion
  • Resolution, ok after resizing the system fonts
  • Size and weight
  • Webcam quality, actually not a surprice for a netbook, poor image quality and no image at all in low light conditions
  • Only 802.11bg wifi, not 802.11n
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