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Dell Inspiron Mini Netbook with Intel Atom (IM1012-687OBK)

The Dell Inspiron Mini Netbook (model: IM1012-687OBK) is a lightweight netbook featuring an Intel Atom processor and 10.1″ screen.

Dell Inspiron Mini Netbook with Intel Atom (IM1012 687OBK)

Dell Inspiron Mini Netbook IM1012-687OBK

The Dell Mini comes with the Intel Atom N450 processor, which is a single core chip running at 1.66 GHz and using 512 KB of L2 cache.   The Atom N450 integrates the display, graphics and memory controllers with the CPU for speedy performance and higher efficiency. This is a 64-bit processor built on a 45 nm die which does support HyperThreading.

The 10.1″ display has a resolution of 1024 x 600 in a 16:9 aspect ratio. An Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 powers the screen which uses response-boosting dynamic video memory.

The netbook comes with 1 GB of DDR2  memory running at 800 MHz and is expandable to 2 GB. The hard drive is a 160 GB Serial ATA (SATA) model running at 5400 RPM.  It’s not overly large, but should be big enough for what a netbook is normally used for. There is no optical (CD/DVD) drive on the system, but one can be connected using the USB ports.

The integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam and microphone make video chatting simple.  For transferring pictures from your memory cards the netbook comes with a 3-in-1 media reader which supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO formats.

Other ports include 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone, 1 microphone jack, 1 VGA connector for external monitor and 1 10/100 (RJ-45)Ethernet port for connecting to your wired network.  If you want to go wireless, and you probably do with a netbook, you can use the integrated Dell 1397 wireless half mini card (802.11b/g) for your wifi connections.

The system comes with a 92% full-size keyboard for easy input and a mousepad for the pointing device.  The operating system is Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition.  Other software includes Microsoft Works 9.0 and a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007.

With purchase you are able to get 2 GB of online storage with Box.net with the option to purchase additional space for more storage.  A Gmail account gives you 7 GB free, so you may want to explore that option as well.

The 6-cell Lithium ion battery pack gives you almost 9 hours of operation without having to find a power outlet.  The netbook weighs 3.1 lbs and measures 10.5 x 7.8 x 1.3 inches.

Dell backs the system with a 1-year limited warranty with mail-in service  and support from the pre-installed Dell Support Center application.

This system can be found for around $320.

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