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Default Which to Buy - Mini 10 or 10v - 01-02-2010, 04:24 AM

I originally ordered the 10v but switched to the 10. Now I am not so sure if I should switch back. I am ordering a refurbished model from Dell. And I think I have till Monday to cancel my order and choose something else if needed.

So here is what I want and what I can afford. I want to stick near the $259 price point I am at. Right now I have ordered the 10 with 1.33GHz processor and a 6 cell battery with XP Home. If I go with a 10v, it will have the 1.6GHz processor, 3 cell battery and XP.

I want to use this in my room for surfing the net and watching movies/ tv shows I have saved on a networked drive. The videos are SD with bitrates around 2000kbps in mp4/ m4v format. The external hard drive is connected to a Apple Airport Extreme.

Now that I am realizing I may be able to turn it into a Hackintosh which will help me extend my fun with the netbook. I already have a Mac Pro and like OS X more then XP and I'd like to keep using Plex for my media stuff if possible. (Plex is similar to Windows Media Center) But I'd rather have a completely working system then a buggy one so maybe I just need to stick with XP?

Also, if I switch, I will lose the free shipping I received when I ordered yesterday. Making a switch will add $12 to my order and not worth it if the difference is minute. But maybe going with the 10v will get me a better solution if I want to install OS X and also upgrade to 2GB of RAM. I am just not sure if the 500 chipset is far better then the 950 in the 10v. So if you have any insight, please help! Loving the site btw! Glad I found it!!!
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Default 01-02-2010, 04:30 AM

My understanding is that the 10v is easier to hackintosh. But I've not tried it with the 10.

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Default 01-02-2010, 04:42 AM

I am up for a challenge. I found a page through the forum to get 10.6 on the mini 10 and things seem smooth enough.

I guess my question is then, how good are these things at handling videos. And is one better then the other??
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Cool 01-02-2010, 05:03 AM

you can get the High Def 1333x768 screen with the Mini 10, the Mini 10v doesnt have that option due to the graphics chipset..if that matters to ya or not, I personally love the HD screen on mine...


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Default 01-02-2010, 11:49 AM

The HD screen would be my number one upgrade but I cannot afford it. How does your mini 10 handle video?
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Cool 01-02-2010, 08:46 PM

I really dont watch stuff like hulu and such, the flash video seems ok, my movies play good, the TV plays good I can watch 720p video, I have all the latest drivers loaded for both XP Pro and Win 7 so I really cant complain...I just keep it in the back of my mind that this is a MINI and its not gonna perform like my HP 17inch which has dual Pentium 4 3.2ghz processors in it...they dont even put Pentium 4 processors in laptops anymore due to the lousy battery life, even when new I got about 1hr 20min..now full charged I am lucky to get 15-20min..but the machine is always plugged in...it never leaves the house so its not an issue, the mini I get between 5 1/2 & 6 1/2hrs on a charge depending on what I am doing surfing or watch movies...


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Default 01-02-2010, 09:23 PM

Awesome. Yeah, I am not expecting miracles with a $250 laptop but I'd like to at least watch my videos and some online stuff without wanting to toss it against the wall.

Thanks for the help.
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Cool 01-02-2010, 10:37 PM

no problem, but for $250 I doubt ya gonna get HD, probably marginal video at best....I paid $425 (HD screen,upgraded processor,extended battery..I can can watch Ben Hur or the Ten Commandments w/o the battery crapping out..in good 720p quality) plus tax plus shipping (next day) = $498..I wouldnt expect the same for that price...but it might be watchable...Good Luck..

PS: Like my Dad still tells me..ya git what ya pay for


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Default 01-02-2010, 10:49 PM

Yeah, HD isn't necessary. I have my tower hooked up to my tv in the living room for that. This is for my bedroom. I figure this is cheaper then a second TV and a second desktop to put in my room.

There should be only marginal difference though. The main boost will be the extra 330MHz and larger cache with you hard drive upgrade. Should still make SD videos (which is 99% of my collection) watchable.
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Default 01-02-2010, 11:43 PM

well then go for it...you can always send it back...just dont expect miracles...it does a pretty decent job though..as you will hopefully see..

I think that you might be pleasantly surprised


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