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Dell launches £200 netbook

o John E. Dunn
16.05.2009 kl 13:50 |

Dell has announced a new netbook, the Inspiron Mini10v, a similar model to the company's previous offering, the Dell Mini 10.

 

Dell has announced a new netbook, the Inspiron Mini10v, a similar model to the company's previous offering, the Dell Mini 10.

The big difference is price, which drops to £200 in the cheapest Ubuntu Linux version.

The price reduction has been achieved by stripping out the odd feature that most netbook buyers would hardly have used, specifically the HDMI interface, and by using a different graphics chipset, the Intel GMA 500 rather than the equally basic Intel GMA 945GSE.

Many netbook user may not have hooked their machines up to an HDMI-capable monitor, because of the limitations of the integrated graphics sub-system.

The Inspiron Mini 10v comes in two versions, one Ubuntu Linux, the other Windows XP. Both use Intel's 1.6GHz N270 Atom processor, and come with 1GB of RAM, and 160GB of hard disk space - the Linux-based Mini10v comes with an 8GB SSD drive.

The original Mini 10 used a 10.1in, WSVGA LCD, while the Mini10Vs use a 10.1in WLED equivalent, but both feature the same 3 or 6-cell batteries.

The price is what will be noticed, which now starts at £200 for the Ubuntu Linux model, or £279 for the version with XP. This compares to the Mini 10 models, which now cost £299 and £349, both of which running XP,

The more expensive models use different Intel Atom chips, the Z520, and there are also options such as the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi, a £10 add-on for the dearest Mini 10. Whether this is worth up to an extra £150 is debatable.

Dell is currently quoting its UK customers delays of four weeks on the new models, which can be ordered from its website.

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