The latest version of the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 may share a name with its predecessors. But Dell has given the updated version of this mini-laptop a major overhaul. It replaces the Intel Atom N2xx and Z5xx processors found in earlier models with the new Intel Atom N450 Pineview CPU and integrated GMA 3150 graphics. But the most noticeable changes are cosmetic.

The new Dell Inspiron Mini 10 has a completely new, shiny white plastic case. The battery now sits flush with the base of the laptop rather than sticking out like a sore thumb, arm, and leg. And the keyboard has been retooled to put a little space between the keys, making it easier to find the key you’re seeking without looking down at the keyboard.

The new design means that the 10 inch display doesn’t quite sit flush with the back of the unit. And while this looks a bit funny at first, I think it’s definitely something I can get used to.

Dell sent me a demo unit to review and I plan to put it through the paces over the next week or two. In the meantime, you can check out a video of my unboxing and first impressions after the break.

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15 replies on “Unboxing the new Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Pine Trail netbook – Video”

  1. wow its pretty lame that the most important thing to you guys is how fat its ass is.Are you walking down a runway with it?

  2. Yep, I agree with the others here in the comments – the looks are weird to ugly. Played with it a bit today at the Best Buy. Maybe it the plastic were something other than shiny white, it’d look better. Brad, what’s the power brick like? Like previous Dell netbooks or a real brick, brick?

  3. I saw this yesterday, it looks so ugly. Yes the battery is flush but the sides, being white in colour, makes the unit lok SUPER FAT.

    Trust me, though the dimensions may look the same as any other netbook, because it is painted white, it looks unbearable and a disgrace.

  4. Nice flush battery, looks kind of weird for me but at least they’re trying something new.

    And MonkeyKing is right, the strides in battery life aren’t big enough in many cases to upgrade, the Samsung already has comparable battery life.

    1. Is the battery really flush? I mean they extended the machine to compensate for the battery protruding out and called it a handle. Also Brad you called the 3rd USB port a VGA port (I know nip picking) but overall its a okay device. But not worth upgrading my 5 month old Acer for. That since I upgraded RAM and HD can run circles around these new models.

  5. Looks nice, but if it just has Pine Trail there’s no reason for someone like me with a Samsung NC10 to upgrade. Upgrade to what? My 18 month old computer can ‘compute’ just as well as these ‘so-called’ new systems. These Pine Trail systems are not much lighter, more powerful, or much more enegery efficent to make it worthwhile.

    These Pine Trail units are only ever so slighly better, but that is not good enough.

    1. Agree with you MonkeyKing. I rather buy a N270 or a N280 which is far far cheaper. In Asia, the N450 now cost a bomb but the Asus 1001 with a N270 cost peanuts. It is like 50% less in cost than the N450. Really not much difference in terms of performance and battery life. Who cares if I get 2 hours extra when I am already getting 7 hours?

      The N450 is a disgrace. No real improvement at all.

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