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Default To Dell or not to Dell... that is the question! - 12-01-2010, 10:23 PM

Hi guys & gals,

I am new to the Dell revolution. Infact, I am currently deliberating over purchasing a mini 10 (1012) with the following specs:

1012 / Atom N450 (1.66GHz) / 1GB RAM / 160GB HDD / 10.1" screen / Win7

Now, on paper, it looks good, CNET seems to have liked it a lot. Having said that, two of my friends have had problems with their 15" Dells (e.g. the DVD drive stopped working, etc.) and had to have the laptops fixed.

I have never had one, and on the net, there has been no mention of such issues with the Dell mini (as far as I have read).

I have two key questions:

1. Am I likely to have issues with it once I purchase it? (i.e. if given the chance, would you go swap yours for something else??)

2. How easy is it to upgrade the hardware on it? Such as RAM upgrade etc?

Much obliged for your time and comments.

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Default 12-01-2010, 11:09 PM

I'm happy with my refurbed 1012 is most ways. My main complaint would probably be that the battery bulge and two-tone color scheme aren't attractive.

As for upgrades, it's not hard to access the RAM and hard drive on the 1012. You just need to be careful when moving the keyboard out of the way, it has a delicate connector.

I think the WiFi is harder to access. I'm not sure about the internal Bluetooth module. Also, if you don't opt for the Broadcom Crystal video decoder card from the factory, the slot will probably be missing.

All in all, I think the Mini 1012 has decent quality. It's not an engineering marvel, but it also seems nicer than the Acer netbooks I've seen. The 1012 isn't as easy to upgrade as the earlier Mini 9, but the RAM and hard drive aren't ridiculously buried, either.

I hope this helps you make your decision.


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Default 12-02-2010, 02:25 PM

Thank you for your reply.

I was under the impression that I could just do couple of screws at the base of the netbook and just slot an extra 1GB RAM in there, but it sounds like it won't be impossible to upgrade either.

So you have not mentioned any technical issues thus far, which sounds promising. To be honest, I am not after top of the range netbook but a fairly reliable one. I will also be buying it second hand (but fairly new) so won't have any insurance etc on it.

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Default 12-02-2010, 02:57 PM

its a piece of cake, just pop off the keyboard (3 screws I think) and the memory is right there....takes like 5-10 minutes and you're done..

PS. just be careful with the ribbon cable on the keyboard when you remove it, you actually dont even have to remove it, just kinda fold it back onto the palmrest....

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Default 12-02-2010, 03:57 PM

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I was under the impression that I could just do couple of screws at the base of the netbook and just slot an extra 1GB RAM in there, but it sounds like it won't be impossible to upgrade either.
Like most netbooks with an Atom CPU, the 1012 has a single RAM slot, which accepts up to a 2GB module. So, you need to remove the current 1GB to upgrade to 2GB.

If I recall correctly, the ram slot is under an access panel, under the keyboard.


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Default Aggree with all the answers here. 1012 is OK - 12-04-2010, 07:28 PM

It is not for gaming. Just a companion netbook. Watching netflix via a bigger monitor, accessing your work PC or win2008r2 term server remotely. You can get it with all the essential stuff like 1366x768 screen (I am using it as my main machine, it is very nice on my 1909wx monitor)

The memory is on the right part of the base. Just tilt your KB vertically w/o removing the ribbon. Remove one more screw covering the memory. Easy, replace it, put everything back.

A little bragging, I've got my crucial memory for free courtesy of storage tech. So my "out of pocket" for this nice scratch-n-stuff netbook is US305. I think money well spent.


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Default 12-05-2010, 10:33 PM

for some great deals on dell refurbs, you can check the dell outlet. you get dell's same as new warranty along with free shipping. i got my 1012 over half a year ago for $219. it has been a great pc for me. the build quality also seems better than most other netbooks(including aao, eeepc, etc.)


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