So, I've officially had this thing a week now. Figured I'd give a few quick thoughts on it.
- Overall, I love it. The keyboard is freaking awesome. That was the killer for me with the Mini 9. Still love my Mini 9 and all, and I think I'm going to wind up keeping it, but the Mini 10v will definitely be seeing more use.
- The resolution at 1024x576, yeah, it sucks, but it really doesn't bother me that much. It's less of an issue in Windows as it is in OS X for me, but even with OS X it isn't that much of an issue.
- I've spent more time in Windows 7 than OS X this week. Windows 7 runs rather nicely, but you can definitely tell that it's on an HDD versus an SSD
. I want to switch to SSD
, but am willing to wait at this point. There are definite noticeable differences in performance going from SSD
- Why? Dell, why? Why can't you put an extra freaking LED in for a hard drive activity indicator? It truly drives me batshit crazy.
- Love the fact that it is fanless, like the Mini 9. Only when it's quiet and close to my ear can I hear the HDD.
- The speaker positioning sucks. The Mini 9 was way better in that regard.
- Did I mention how much I love the keyboard?
- SD cards being flush (like the Mini 9) would have been fabulous. But, since I don't use it for storage, only for getting pictures of my DSLR, it's a non-issue for me.
- The RAM could be way easier to upgrade, Dell. Stop bending over for Microsoft and taking it up the rear. It should be the consumers choice to upgrade the RAM, even if Microsoft puts a limit as to the max you can sell it with. I suspect there was a stipulation Microsoft put in requiring it to be difficult to replace.
- Battery life. Well, it's about what I expected with the three cell. I much prefer the life of the four cell Mini 9, but this is livable for me. I get between 2-2 1/2 hours on a full charge. I'm typically plugged in though, so it's usually not an issue, and I haven't really bothered to do anything to tweak the battery life.
- I'm not sure who was thinking what with that trackpad, but it's a pain in the ass. Dell, you should have put a multi-touch pad in or something. I'm getting used to it, and it's not a deal breaker for me, but it's a pain to do simple things at times. If there were actual buttons, it'd be a lot easier. I understand trying to cram a lot into a little space, but I'd much rather take the Mini 9 trackpad at this point.
Now, all that said, there's a couple of things I haven't used yet:
- Bluetooth - I admittedly do very little with Bluetooth, so I haven't used it yet.
- Webcam - Only reason I have it is because I had to order it with it. I have no use for it.
- VGA - Haven't been near an external display since the day I got it, and I was more interested in other things at that point.
- Mic and Headphone jacks - Haven't tried 'em. Rarely need 'em, but something to try when I get back from vacation.
So, to sum it up, I think I'd have to give the 10v 3.5 out of 5 stars. I love it, I truly do, and I don't by any stretch regret getting it. But, the difficulty in replacing the RAM and the 1024x576 display are the reason it lost a star and a half.