Dell Mini 10v Mac OS X Discussion Discussion dedicated to installing and setting up Mac OS X on the Dell Mini 1011
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Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Perth, Australia
04-14-2010, 05:57 AM
I have a 2008 13" Aluminium MacBook and a 10v so I'm pretty well placed to answer your question. In short, I would not give up my MacBook in favour of the 10v, the experience is totally different.
The 10v is a cheap netbook and you get what you pay for. This is not a criticism of the 10v or netbooks in general. Netbooks are built to a price and do an excellent job at that price point. However, the 1.66GHz Atom processor is nowhere near as fast as your 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo. Although the screen is only 3" smaller, that is a significant difference in screen real estate (and some application windows have to be scaled to fit). The trackpad is nowhere near as good as the pad in the genuine Mac.
I got the 10v as there are places I wanted to take my MacBook (camping, beach, travelling etc) but felt the risk of damage/theft was too great. I am prepared to take the risk with the 10v given the much lower replacement cost. For me the two serve different purposes, I use my MacBook at home and work and I use the 10v for travel etc.
By having both I have options when I leave the house and I choose based on the risk (will I have to leave it locked in my car etc). Swapping the MacBook for a 10v is most definitely a significant downgrade.
I would suggest if you are considering switching that you get the 10v and try it for a while before you sell your MacBook. Obviously your mileage may vary and the 10v might be fine for all of your needs.
MacBook (13" Aluminium) | 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo | OS X 10.6.3 | 2GB RAM | 250 GB HDD
Mac Mini Server | 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo | OS X 10.6.3 Server | 4GB RAM | 6TB HDD
PowerBook G4 12" | 1.5GHz PPC G4 | OS X 10.4.11 | 512MB RAM | 160GB HDD
Join Date: Mar 2010
04-14-2010, 11:48 AM
I agree with. scytale... it's an alternative, not a replacement. I have an iMac, a Macbook, a 10v, a touch and an HTC Hero and they all have their uses and distinct advantages.
The screen is much smaller than the Macbook, as are the controls, and the processor much weaker. These are benefits or disadvantages, depending on the situation.
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