The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 was never exactly a speed demon. But it was one of the first 11-12 inch mini-laptops with an Atom processor. It was also one of the first products that really stretched the idea of netbooks. On the one hand, it was larger than a netbook. On the other it was priced and specced pretty much like one.

If you’re wondering why I keep referring to the Mini 12 in the past tense, it’s because Dell appears to have removed the laptop from its web store. The move isn’t a big surprise. In fact, Dell removed the Mini 12 from its Australian web site in June, the same month the company phased out the 9-inch Inspiron Mini 9.

It’s likely that Dell will introduce a low cost 11.6 inch laptop to replace the Mini 12 soon, perhaps after Windows 7 is released in October.

Update: Dell has confirmed that the Mini 12 has been discontinued, although it’s still available from the Dell Outlet store.



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4 replies on “Dell pulls the plug on the Inspiron Mini 12”

  1. Oh, well maybe we’ll seem some close out sale. I honestly don’t like the way Dell ‘upsells’ their netbooks with all sorts of artifical choices to make you buy printers, cables, bags, SD cards, portable HDDs, power supplies, key fobs, spinner hub caps, pin striping, and under coat.

    [Dell and an irate customer argue over a sealant that the customer had previously indicated he didn’t want, after Dell rep has gone off to pretend to talk to his boss]
    Dell Rep: Well, we’ve never done this before. But seeing as it’s special circumstances and all, he says I can knock a ten dollars off that Trucoat.
    Irate Customer: [stunned that Dell still intends to charge him for something he didn’t order] TEN… You lied to me, Mr. Dell dork. You’re a bald-faced liar. A… fucking liar.
    Irate Customer: [frustrated] Where’s my goddamn checkbook? Let’s get this over with.

    1. I can deal with skipping past all the useless crap like bags and portable HDDs. What I hate is when they gouge you on the upsale to features that are standard with other systems like bluetooth, 6 cell battery, 802.11n. The hi-res Mini 10 seems like a tempting system, but if you load it up with features comparable to competitors, you get gouged.

  2. I took me some time to find a good dealer that sells mini 12’s thankfully found one at http://inspironprices.com/ , not sure on how long they would have it on sale, hoping to buy one mid nov or dec as my sons gift.

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