As expected, Dell has begun offering an optional TV tuner for the Dell Inspiron Mini 10. And it’s kind of cheaper than expected… depending on how you count.

The built-in ATSC tuner adds just $20 to the netbook price, but there is a catch. You’ll need to upgrade from the 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z520 CPU to the 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU in order to purchase the TV tuner. And that’s a $50 upgrade.

In other words, if you were planning on paying for the faster processor anyway, the TV tuner upgrade is an excellent deal. If not, it’ll cost you $70.

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3 replies on “Dell Inspiron Mini 10 TV tuner is a $20 upgrade… sort of”

  1. Can the Dell mini 10 really handle HD video from this TV tuner? I tried playing HD dvr-ms files on a dual core atom desktop and the thing choked in XP or 7. Am I missing something?

  2. I’m guessing they do this to save costs on their end. More configuration options = more complexity = more cost to Dell.

    I doubt that they make very much money off the lower-end version (the base 1.33 GHz model). Hence the hefty $50 upgrade cost for the 1.6 GHz processor. Kind of like a car dealer hitting you up for options that are only worth 1/3 of what you are paying.

  3. Lately we’re really seeing the hard limits of the Atom processor lately. Or at least I hope that’s the case here, as I see no reason for Dell to arbitrarily force a CPU upgrade on you…

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