Digital Life Review: Dell Inspiron Mini 12 netbook

Digital Life writes: "Dell's latest netbook blurs the line between these pint-sized portable PCs and their larger, more conventional cousins. The Inspiron Mini 12 has most of what we like about netbooks: a modest price tag ($749), light weight (1.2 kilograms) and most noticeably, a slim sylph-like profile that tapers from 2.5 centimetres to 1.8 centimetres at its thinnest.

But while many netbooks suffer from a cramped keyboard and screens averaging about 23 to 26 centimetres, the Inspiron Mini 12 maxes out with a vivid 31-centimetre display and an appropriate full-sized keyboard that is a delight to use.

There are still some compromises, such as the lack of a CD/DVD drive (that's part of the netbook recipe) and a hard disk limited to 80GB. And you can buy a fully featured brand-name notebook for not much more money than the Mini 12 but it'll be much bigger and heavier. It's this go-anywhere portability that makes the Mini 12 shine."

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