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The Dell Mini 12 is a now-discontinued netbook originally released in late 2008.

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lasts over 5 hours per charge without turning settings down

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screen is much larger than the average netbook, gives you a big viewing area

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very slim design, easy to pack away for transport

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fanless design lets it run almost completely silently

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boots up in less than a minute and opens applications quickly

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struggles to run Windows Vista, can occasionally experience slow-downs

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keyboard has some awkwardly positioned keys, takes some getting used to

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no drive and it doesn't come with much software - difficult to get it set up to do much more than surf and do email

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The Dell Mini 12 is a now-discontinued netbook originally released in late 2008. The Mini 12 is a fully functional ultra-portable notebook, however the cost and small form factor limit its capabilities. While the Dell Mini 12 is categorized as a netbook, it is also designed to compete in the physically larger subnotebook market. The Mini 12 features a 12.1 inch widescreen display (1280 x 800), a 1.33GHz or 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of memory and a 40-80GB hard drive. Also included is 802.11g WiFi, 3 USB ports and a 1.3MP webcam and Bluetooth are available as options. Users have the choice of Windows XP or Ubuntu 8.04 as their operating system. The Dell Mini 12 is 1.1 inches thick and weighs 2.8 lbs with a three cell battery.

  • Processor: Intel Atom Z530 (1.6GHz) / Intel Atom Z520 (1.33GHz)
  • Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition SP3 / Ubuntu Linux 8.04
  • Chipset & graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 500
  • Display: Glossy 12.1 inch LED display 1280 x 800
  • Audio: 1 speaker, analog microphone-in/line-out
  • Storage: 40/60/80GB SATA hard drive 4200 RPM
  • Battery: 3-cell or 6-cell
  • Network: WLAN 802.11g, 10/100 LAN (RJ45), 3G card (optional) Bluetooth (optional)
  • 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS)
  • 1.3MP webcam (optional)
  • VGA connector
  • 3 x USB
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