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Dell's Mini 10v Is UK's Cheapest 10.1-inch Netbook

Dell has introduced a new cheaper netbook range called the Mini 10v which bucks the current trend of many manufacturers that prefer to charge more and shove more features down their products' chassis.

With a starting price of £199 including VAT and delivery, the Mini 10v (v for value) will come with 1GB RAM, an Atom processor (N270 or N280), a raft of storage choices (8GB or 16GB SSD, 120 or 160GB HDD) and the choice between Windows XP Home or Ubuntu.

Dell differentiates the Mini 10v and the Mini 10 by cutting down for example of the screen resolution, which goes down to 1024x576 on a 10.1-inch screen; the Mini 10 reaches 1366x768 pixels and bundles up to 2GB RAM and a TV Tuner.

But overall, the Mini 10v is a pretty impressive netbook with a nearly full size keyboard, a 3-cell battery, a webcam and Bluetooth plus the possibility to choose between six colours including Flamingo pink and Pacific blue.

Dell has also adopted a similar colour scheme for its updated laptop range, the Inspiron 15 which now comes with a 15.6-inch HD ready screen. The company new Inspiron 545 range, which has recently been launched, has also adopted the colour scheme.

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Our Comments

We really like Dell's approach of decreasing rather than increasing prices. This therefore means that Dell has the cheapest 10-inch netbook by far. The next cheapest model we've found is the Asus EEE PC 1000H-WHI0166X which comes with XP and a 160GB but costs nearly £80 extra.

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