I managed to track down one of those shiny new next-generation Dell Inspiron Mini 10 models today. While the new netbook bears the same name as its predecessor, Dell has given the line a pretty significant overhaul. Not only does the new Mini 10 have a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Pine Trail CPU, but the keyboard also has more space between the keys, the battery sits flush with the base of the unit whether you have a 3 or 6 cell battery, and when the screen is open, it doesn’t sit quite flush with the back edge of the netbook.

The touchpad has also been retooled a bit. The new version seems a bit smaller than the old touchpad. But Dell is still integrating the left and right buttons directly into the touchpad.

As with earlier Dell models, it looks like you’ll have to open up your computer if you want to replace or upgrade the memory or other components. I didn’t see any access panels on the base of the netbook.

More pictures after the break.

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7 replies on “Hands on with the new Dell Inspiron Mini 10”

  1. I saw the new Mini 10, but I just placed an order for the old Mini 10v before Dell discontinues it altogether. It’s slimmer, lighter, and the N280 processor (1.66GHz/667Mhz FSB/512K L2Cache) is as fast as the N450. Most importantly, you can increase the memory to 2GB if you’re willing to take the laptop apart. I’ll live with the shorter battery life to get these advantages.

  2. Thank you for showing the underside of the new Dell Mini 1012 netbook. I’m a Dell Mini fan, but so far I’m not really impressed with the pale white underbelly look, or the bubble-butt extension for the battery on this model.

  3. 1.37KG for a 10 inch netbook? That is like a brick. Netbooks should get lighter not heavier. This is as heavy as the super old Asus 1000HE at 1.45KG.

    A big disgrace for netbooks indeed

  4. I love the new internals and the flush 6-cell battery, but Dell epic failed on the design, talk about ugly.

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