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Default 03-11-2011, 02:23 PM

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I got a 1012 in January, the lower res one, (stats are in my siggy) and I love it! I really enjoy using it and I just use Wordpad for light word processing. I have had no trouble with it and no problem surfing, I think you'll enjoy it. It's a great machine AND IF you DO decide to upgrade the RAM, it's much easier then say the 1018 is to do that with. Welcome to the board and good luck scoring a good deal from the outlet, that's where I got mine and I paid $203 shipped. Had a coupon plus a discount offered to me because they delayed shipping my originally ordered 1018-and MAN am I ever glad they did! They gave me $25 off and I was able to cancel it and reorder to get this great mini-computer with the 6 cell battery and a ice blue lid.
Awesome.

However, what was *not* so awesome this morning was that I let an exceptionally good deal go by (I know, they update the site constantly, so we'll see):

A 1012 with 2GB RAM and full Win 7 Home Premium on a 320GB HDD and WiMAX for $279. But, the screen res was "only" "x600," as opposed to 1366 x 768.

Doh!
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Default 03-11-2011, 02:58 PM

Oh man that was worth jumping on! Too bad you didn't get in on that one Phil! Good luck snagging the next good deal you see, I hope you get one with the HD card and higher res you want too.


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Default 03-16-2011, 02:34 PM

I have a Mini-9 and really would like to stay fanless with SSD storage..any new Dells do this well?

Haven't read quite all this tread yet, sorry if the answer is there..

(Honestly, I'm trying to get 3 posts under my belt so I can post a link or two in the post I reg'ed to make)
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Default 03-16-2011, 02:51 PM

All of the Dell Mini models so far are fanless. You can add a standard 2.5" notebook SSD to any of the current models (1012, 1018). But as I mentioned above I would wait a month or so to see what new models come out.


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Talking 03-16-2011, 03:17 PM

OK, folks, I made a buying choice last weekend, and I couldn't be more thrilled.

And I did a bee-line to Asus.

My wife and I were in Best Buy looking at the netbooks (I can only do so much online research; at some point, I have to get in front of a machine to really know what it's like). I noticed the Asus Eee PC 1015PE on display (I have seen many recommendations across many forums regarding this specific model). She asked me, "How much were you looking at the Dell Outlet for refurbished ones for?" I responded, "Between $250 and $270." She retorted, "Yet you seem to like the form factor of that Asus model and it's $259 new. Go for the new."

On top of that, Best Buy [at least for a period of time] was offering a promotion to get Win7 Home Premium for $20 ($60 off) with a netbook purchased with Win7 Starter. For me, that was a no-brainer as well.

And I have a 2GB RAM stick coming from Crucial.com. They were at least $20 cheaper than Best Buy's RAM.

Now, as much as my non-upgradeable Inspiron Mini 1010 is a great machine, 2+ years of technological advancement built into the Asus simply blows the Dell out of the water, in my not so humble opinion. Even with only 1GB RAM at this time.

Oh, yeah, and the battery life? Freakin'-a: between a minimum of 6 - 10 hours on it! Asus' power management system is incredible, and with Win7 power management, it maintains down to the port level which components should be turned off and when.

So, final specs:

Asus 1015PE
160GB HDD
1280 x 600 (I think I have the first number right) LED backlit display
Win 7 upgraded to Home Premium
1GB RAM (soon 2)
3 USB ports
1 RJ-45 Ethernet port
802.11n wireless
1 VGA out
1 Kensington lock port
1 headphones port
1 earphones port
Excellent "chiclet" keyboard (92% of normal, I think)
6 cell Lithium Ion battery (between 6 - 11 hours between charges, depending on type of usage)

All in all, thanks for everyone's advice. I am very happy with my purchase and have even encouraged a colleague to consider this type of light tasking.
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Default 03-16-2011, 03:18 PM

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All of the Dell Mini models so far are fanless. You can add a standard 2.5" notebook SSD to any of the current models (1012, 1018). But as I mentioned above I would wait a month or so to see what new models come out.
Thanks! Especially for the last bit.. New models also mean the older ones get a price drop, usually.

I'm not all that avid for the latest/greatest..cheapest/best value wins for me every time.
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Default 03-16-2011, 03:44 PM

Phil, I'm glad to hear you found something you like. The 600 vertical line resolution would give me pause nowadays, though. I've lived with that on my Mini 9 for 2.5 years and woud prefer a bit more (such as 1024x768).


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Default 03-16-2011, 03:52 PM

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Phil, I'm glad to hear you found something you like. The 600 vertical line resolution would give me pause nowadays, though. I've lived with that on my Mini 9 for 2.5 years and woud prefer a bit more (such as 1024x768).
I think intended usage is key here. While I have never seen any of Dell's netbooks that use their high-def, higher-res displays, this LED backlit display would appear to give some full-sized laptop screens a run for their money.

But, as I mentioned... technology is so commoditized today that we can literally own 5 different devices for almost every task that needs to be done.

Thanks again.
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Default 03-16-2011, 06:00 PM

High-def is not really the issue - it's that some popular software is designed for a minimum of 768 vertical pixels and becomes difficult to use (or may not install) when the resolution is lower.

Pretty much all netbooks use LED backlighting - certainly Dell's do.


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Default 03-16-2011, 11:03 PM

Glad you got what you needed Phil! And a deal on Win 7 to boot! Nice find.


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