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Dell Inspiron Mini 12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 198 reviews of Dell Inspiron Mini 12. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and screen. The usability and size also get good opinions, but views about the reliability and performance are different. Many are negative about the image quality and memory.

portability, size, usability, screen, battery

memory, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Dell Inspiron Mini 12 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the usability and price. The size and screen also get good reviews, but there are mixed opinions on the durability and performance. Some have doubts about the memory and battery.

portability, screen, size, price, usability

battery, memory

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Inspiron Mini IM12-2868 12.1-Inch Obsidian Black NetbookDell Inspiron Mini IM12-2870 12.1-Inch Red NetbookDell Inspiron Mini IM12-2871 12.1-Inch Promise Pink Netbook

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Review Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Notebook


Netbook or not, that is the question. After all the notebooks on

Agreeable design; Light and compact case; Thoroughly practical port configuration; Pleasant to use keyboard; Well-designed display; No appreciable noise emissions; Low surface temperatures

Reflective display impairs practical use outdoors; Power reserves only for basic applications; Short battery life

All in all, with the Inspiron Mini 12 Dell succeeds in making an extremely interesting notebook that still has a few weaknesses, like the battery life of around 2 hours, which is not very liberating. Overall, though, it constitutes a useful alternative...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (

Dell Inspiron Mini 12


Sure, the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is expensive relative to other netbooks, but it's the only one with a 12-inch screen.

Big 12-inch screen. Good resolution. Very thin. As light as its 10-inch netbook peers. Ubuntu is a top-notch Linux operating system. Intel Atom platform is solid. Multiple battery options

Slow, 4,200-rpm hard drive. Pricey relative to other netbooks

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: Joanna Stern (

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 - Review of the Dell Inspiron Mini 12


The first 12-inch mini-notebook packs a spacious screen and keyboard in a very slim design, and it offers very good battery life, but the Mini 12's performance could be better.

Glossy 12.1-inch screen, Slim design, Excellent battery life with six-cell battery

Sluggish performance under Vista, Slow hard drive, Quiet speakers, OS: Windows Vista Basic SP1, CPU: 1.6-GHz Intel Atom Z530, RAM/Expandable to: 1GB/1GB, Hard Drive Size/Speed: 60GB/4,200 rpm, Display/Resolution: 12 inches/1280 x 800 (native), , , , ,...

Above the display is a 1.3-megapixel webcam, which worked nicely in Dell's Video Chat powered by Sightspeed; our caller saw us clearly but complained of a slight green hue to the picture

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 (Windows Vista) Review


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...

Glossy 12.1-inch screen, Slim design, Excellent battery life with six-cell battery, Nearly full-size keyboard

Sluggish performance under Vista, Slow hard drive, Quiet speakers

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: ZDNet (

Dell Inspiron Mini 12


The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is a good size and features lots of storage, but is hampered by its sluggish performance and inability to stay on your lap.

Bright, high-res screen, Lightweight, Three USB ports

Won't stay on your lap, Relatively slow, Pricey

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Fudzilla (

Dell's Inspiron Mini 12 outgrows netbook siblings


Table of contents « Prev All Pages Next » Dell's Inspiron Mini 12 outgrows netbook siblings Input Devices and Ergonomics Conclusion

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Tolga BALCI (

Dell Inspiron Mini 12


Dell is the strong kid on the block with its 12" Inspiron Mini. We take a deeper look at what's inside and how it fits to our daily networked life.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Chris (

Dell Mini 12 Review


The Dell Mini 12 is a 12 inch netbook so when compared to 95% of the other netbooks on the market you're going to have more screen real estate to use on it's 1280 x 800 resolution screen. The downside to this netbook is that they only manage to fit a...

1.1 inch thick and under 3 pounds for a 12 inch netbook

Weak battery life, Only 92% size keyboard, Sluggish Intel Atom Z520 1.33 GHz processor, small hard drive, Weak Intel GMA 500 graphics

(We don't have an extensive review of this netbook yet.

May, 2009

Expert review by: Laptop Views (

Expert Review


Dell's new Dell Inspiron Mini-12 laptop is powered by 1.6 GHz Intel Ultra Low Voltage ATOM Z530 with 512-KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB on Intel US15W Chipset Motherboard, and it offers 1-GB DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM (max 4-GB in 2 slots), a 80-GB  5400 rpm SATA...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Tim Higgins (

Trying Out Netbooks: Dell Mini 12


Updated The Dell Mini 12 might be too big to be considered a netbook. But who cares with all that beautiful screen space?

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

Stay connected to your world virtually wherever you go. Inspiron Mini 12's small, incredibly light design lets you travel light while keeping up with your blog, video chat, instant messenger and email so that you never lose touch with your family and friends. The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 was developed from the ground up to be the perfect companion, keeping you connected while on-the-go. The Inspiron Mini 12 is designed to keep you connected to your favorite entertainment. When you are on the go, you can still have access to email, shopping and more. A bright 12.1 inch glossy display is designed to be able to present web sites without a lot of left-right scrolling, and the keyboard is large and easy to navigate. Dell has developed a custom interface for the Inspiron Mini 12 to make it easy to find what you're looking for. Intuitive icons give you access to groups of similar applications and your favorite web links to make them easy to find. Plus, you can customize the interface, putting your favorite front and center.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Model:Mini 12
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Inspiron

Input Device



Data Bus Speed:533MHz




Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


Clock Speed:1.33GHz
Processor Number:Z520


Installed Size:1GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:80GB
Notebook Type:Netbook

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 500