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Dell Inspiron Mini 12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 318 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and keyboard. The screen and performance also get good comments. Some have doubts about the reliability and software.

portability, performance, screen, keyboard, battery

memory, software, reliability

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

Review analysis

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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...

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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

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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


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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.

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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.

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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?

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Dell Inspiron Mini 12


Filling a niche within a niche, the Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is for netbook buyers who want a larger screen but not the cost—or performance—of a full-fledged ultraportable.

Excellent screen; decent keyboard; very good battery life; thin and light

Pricier than other netbooks, but not faster; small hard drive; weak audio

Double your display real estate by adding a second monitor. It's a snap: Here's how

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Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Review


The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 is a bit confused. It packs an Intel Atom processor, which makes it a netbook. But it also has a 12-inch screen, which exceeds our definition of what a netbook can be. On one hand it's a natural evolution of the genre in an...

The build of the Mini 12 is excellent. Even with the extended battery, it feels light and easy to toss around. But it's more than the weight that makes it so comfortable to carry. Its bottom has a sandpapery texture, which grips a hand with confidence

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Dell Mini Inspiron 12: More Netbook Inches -


We popped by Dell's Design Center over at sunny Taipei and got our hands on the new Mini Inspiron 12, the latest netbook incarnation from Dell that's lovingly encased in a 12.1-inch form factor. We give you a quick overview of what to expect.

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unhappy with keyboard


The screen is very nice, and the weight is what I was looking for.Unfortunately, there are two major problems with it. (1) The ,./ keys are 2/3 sized. Unfortunately, I use a lot of , and . in my writing, so this is a real pain for a touch typist. I...

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