Check out the New Dell Inspiron Mini 10

The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 was launched today. This new mini-notebook from Dell that adds keyboard comfort and even more entertainment-friendly dimensions to the Inspiron Mini family. Basing it on the track record of Dell and also the fact that is has been a constant figure in the mobile device market, it is not really surprising to find this new notebook solution that is sure to gain much notice.

Like the Inspiron Mini 9 and Mini 12, the Mini 10 is a compact, easy-to-carry Internet companion featuring wireless and entertainment capabilities to help keep kids, tweens, teens, travelers and “Tweeters” chatting, blogging, streaming content, sharing photos, watching videos and more.

• Sleek design and starting weight of only 2.86 lbs
• Roomy keyboard – 92 percent of full-size for comfort and ease of use.
• Multi-touch gestures touchpad – navigate the screen using simple movements to rotate, scroll and zoom documents and photos.
• 10.1” WSVGA “edge-to-edge” 16:9 widescreen display.
• HDMI output for enhanced entertainment connectivity
• Internal WiFi.
• Built-in Webcam.
• Windows XP.
• 1 GB RAM* standard and 160GB* hard drive, providing ample capacity for mobile applications, content creation and storage.
• Expanded color palette options to express your personal style: Obsidian Black, Alpine White, Cherry Red, Promise Pink, Ice Blue and Jade Green.
• Fully featured QVC configuration includes free shipping, a 4GB* SD memory card and productivity software.
• Available in the U.S. on beginning Feb. 26, with a starting price of $399.
• Also available online in other countries beginning Feb. 26.
• Dell Remote Access is designed to link directly to home-based digital materials from any Web-connected device.1
• Dell offers exclusive online file storage – ranging from a free basic plan with 2GB* of storage space to 100 GB* – providing Inspiron Mini users with a simple way to manage their digital lives.

Mini 10 optional features planned for later this year include:

  • Internal digital TV tuner, HD resolution and external USB DVD player options for an optimized video entertainment experience.
  • Ubuntu and Vista operating systems.
  • Bluetooth®.
  • WWAN.
  • Internal GPS.
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 250 GB hard drive
  • Solid state drives.
  • Popular Design Studio images to express personal style.

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    Acer Aspire One Notebook

    For the people looking for ideal and affordable mobile solutions, then this new offering by Acer, the Acer Aspire One Notebook may be the one for you. This netbook is 10.1” to which Acer hopes to further increase its market share that has already seen its smaller 8.9? predecessor make a splash earlier on. The Aspire One AOD150 will start from an extremely affordable $349.99 upwards.

    Just check out the specs of the new Acer Notebook:
    • Intel® Atom™ Processor N270 (1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache)
    • Windows XP® Home with Service Pack 3
    • 10.1-inch WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite™ TFT LCD 1024 x 600
    • Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset
    • 1024MB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM Single Channel Memory
    • Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    • 160GB SATA 5400RPM Hard Drive
    • Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
    • Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
    • Acer Crystal Eye Web Camera
    • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
    • Three USB 2.0 Ports
    • 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh)
    • 2.95 lbs.
    • 10.2” (W) x 8.0” (D) x 1.31” (H)

    A good buy for $349.99 Acer is indeed trying to position itself towards the growing demand for mobile solutions today. You will be able to choose from a quartet of high-gloss color options including seashell white, sapphire blue, ruby red and diamond black to suit your personality.

    Acer has made sure this new netbook looks good with stylish details such as an aerodynamic-shaped metallic hinge with a colored accent and a brushed-metal palm rest that are pleasing to the eyes.

    Each purchase will also come with the usual preinstalled software from Acer including:
    • Acer eRecovery Management
    • Acer Launch Manager
    • Adobe Reader
    • McAfee Internet Security Suite
    • Microsoft Office Trial 2007

    It comes with a one year warranty just like most computers today.


    When Will Desktops Have Eco-Friendly Packaging?

    There has been so much fuss about providing alternative packaging for laptops these days. Among them included the news that HP has changed its usual cardboard packaging into trendy and classy bags that may pass for good storage when they are mobile. While the overall packaging for shipping them in numbers may still require the use of cardboard, consumer selling will no longer need the issue of using cardboard boxes whenever a potential customer buys them.

    HP and Walmart are trying to tackle the problem by shipping several laptops in the same (small) box. The laptops come in their protective bags and not a cardboard box. Not only this pollutes less, but it probably saves a lot of storage room and probably money too.


    So while the global warming issue on laptops may have been solved, what about the bulkier desktop and monitor cases wherein a lot of cardboard resources are used whenever a buyer gets one of them from the computer shop? Surely a clothing bag may not be enough to accommodate such peripherals and based on what type of ideal packaging may be resorted to, this area has not been resolved or even seems to be in the process of being resolved.

    Indeed, it may take some time and among the alternatives being done today is shrinking the size of new desktops to miniature ones that are supposedly to save on space. While buying one may be a one time deal only, some have turned to using recycled cardboards. But what happens to them after unpacking the computer merchandise?

    Maybe a rebate program or reward for turning in the old boxes? There are a lot of possibilities. We just have to see them put into play.

    Why I Prefer a Desktop Over a Laptop

    For some years now, I still prefer to use a desktop over a laptop. Perhaps a lot of it is due to the fact that I am not a mobile person meaning I would prefer to stay in one secluded place to work rather than carry a notebook and find places such as Starbucks or any socially populated place where I can work as I wish. Sad to say, I prefer to be pinned to one place with no one to bother me.

    This reasoning will surely draw a lot of criticism. For one, desktops are bulky (although there has been a lot of modified designs these days), making it impractical to transfer or bring along wherever you may be. The choice of whether you want to use a desktop or laptop hence depends on the nature of your work. If you are the blogger or programmer, you would want to have a desktop in one place where you can just sit down, focus and do your work.

    Laptops on the other hand are for the mobile executives. Normally you would see people in sales or executives who rarely stay in the office as having them. They are not the type who will use a computer to do programming or even graphics designing. They need these laptops to aid them in presentations or even in receiving and sending email.

    So as far as determining on which you would want, don’t just consider the price. Be practical and select the one that suits your needs. It is all about defining what you really need as far as computers are concerned.