OK, it’s official. I’m running out of room in my office for all these netbooks. Today a friendly FedEx guy dropped off a Dell Inspiron Mini 10v which means I’ve got 6 netbooks taking up space on my desk. I’m going to try to work through a backlog of reviews, but in the meantime, I thought you might enjoy my latest unboxing video.
I’ve only had the Mini 10v for a few minutes, but there are a few things I really like about it and one thing that kind of turns me off, but which may grow on me.
On the plus side, the build quality is great and the Mini 10v looks very attractive. The keyboard is nice and big and the keys are mostly flat, with a little concave action. Overall the keyboard is reminiscent of the one on the HP Mini 1000 keyboard. I also really like that the power adapter comes in one piece instead of a separate power brick and cable. The last netbook I’d used that had a one piece adapter was the Asus Eee PC 701, which took forever and a day to fully charge. I don’t love that the Mini 10v’s adapter is a 3 prong adapter, which means it won’t fit into every power jack, but that’s not exactly uncommon for laptop power adapters.
The thing that’s kind of annoying me right now is the touchpad. It’s nice and wide and has a nice texture to it. But in order to save space, the left and right buttons were built into the touchpad. In order to click, you actually press down on the bottom left and right corners of the touchpad. The problem is that if you’re used to letting a finger hover over the left or right mouse button while you scroll through the touchpad with your other finger, you may inadvertently make the mouse jump from place to place when you were really just gearing up to click.
You can check out the unboxing video after the break. A few other netbooks make cameo appearances, including the Lenovo Ideapad S10-2, Samsung Go, and Asus Eee PC 1000H.