So I am sure your wondering why someone would buy both. I initally ordered the 1012 (with 1366, broadcom HD) for $240 from the outlet. Two days later I had a client tell me to order a Dell 17R & spend under 800. I managed to find a nicely equiped one with a mini 1018 for 790.
Today both units (1012, 1018) came & I was comparing them, trying to figure out which one to keep. The 1018 is free, the 1012 is not.
The 1018 has a smaller resolution but a more colorful screen, the 1012 has a better res but the screen colors look washed out (to me).
Adding a 2 gig stick to either is no big deal, windows starter sucks on both & the bloatware doesnt help.
I was kind of surprised that full screen youtube isnt possible on either without stuttering. I thought the broadcom HD chip would help but either I am missing something obvious or somethings wrong with the unit.
The refurb 1012 also came loaded with the previous owners data, a scratch mark or two on the inside shell, an extra sticker someone put on & then took off (leaving a residue). The worst, is the hard drive seems to be making a noise every 15 or so minutes (I havent timed it).
Dell said I can return it without a restocking fee & they appologized for the 'mess'.
So, forgetting the money factor for a moment, which one is better to keep?
I have a SSD
I was planning on putting into one of hte two units. The machine is really going to replace my mini 9 which I bring for tech support calls (minor stuff, downloads, login checking, etc). I wouldnt mind tethering it to my android phone for data but thats not the priority.
Any advice on what to keep or what to check?