It looks like Dell is releasing a few more details about the company’s upcoming cheap ultraportable laptop. But just a few. First, the computer, which may or may not be called the Inspiron Mini, will be released in August.
APC Magazine reports that in order to make the keys on this tiny laptop larger and easier to use, Dell decided to do away with the Fn keys altogether. Sure, most people don’t need to hit F12 very often on a daily basis. But these keys come in handy when you’re trying to provide keyboard shortcuts that do things like adjust the volume or screen brightness or turn the WiFi on and off.
Fn keys are also often used to access the BIOS setup screen when booting a computer, although it shouldn’t be hard for Dell to map that function to another key. But as APC describes it, the hardware keys for adjusting or toggling volume, brightness, standby mode, battery meter and other settings are “littered around the keyboard.”
On the bright side, the computer has a VGA port for connecting an external monitor, 3 USB ports, and a card reader.
Keep in mind, the unit APC got a look at is a pre-production model and things could still change. We also haven’t heard anything about the processor, storage capacity, RAM, operating system, or price.