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Dell Inspiron iM1012-687OBK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Obsidian Black)

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  • Intel Atom N450 Processor 1.66GHz
  • 160GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 10.1-Inch Screen, Intel GMA 3151
  • Windows 7 Starter, 8.75 hours Battery Life
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Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

The Inspiron Mini 10 has best in class industrial design with integrated battery design in an adorable drift design. The combination of processor and battery technology delivers long battery life to keep the computer running from dawn to dusk. The netbook also has options that could keep you entertained with smooth watching of high definition video on a high definition screen.

Dell Inspiron Mini 10: Jack of All Trades

The highly portable Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (model iM1012-687OBK) is everything you want in a mobile companion with easy Wi-Fi connectivity for on-the-go productivity, access to your favorite entertainment, and smooth video playback via the brightly colorful 10.1-inch screen. Redesigned for 2010, the Mini 10 now features a newly streamlined case with forward hinge design and it includes a textured, smudge-resistant palm rest and sculpted keys on the near-full-size keyboard. It also combines the power of the latest Intel Atom N450 processor (NM10 Express chipset) with a 6-cell battery for up to 6 hours of battery power.

The newly redesigned Dell Inspiron Mini 10 comes in a range of bright colors.

The Mini 10 in Obsidian Black

The new forward hinge design of the Mini 10 in Obsidian Black.

A new textured palm rest helps resist smudges.

The Mini 10 includes three USB ports, a VGA video output, and 3-in-1 memory card reader.
You'll be able to surf the Web, chat with friends (both via text and using the integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam), and upload on-the-go photos to blogs or social networking sites. Standard built-in Wi-Fi wireless connectivity means quick and easy Internet access to hotspots in the home, on campus, in a local coffee shop, or in the office. It comes in a range of colors, including this model's Obsidian Black.

It comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter operating system, which combines the latest in reliability and responsiveness with the familiarity and compatibility of Windows. It includes new Windows 7 features like Jump Lists to help you to better find and manage files, and connecting to printers and peripherals is easier than ever.

Note: This netbook does not come with an integrated optical drive; you can connect an optional external drive via one of the netbook's USB ports.

Key Features

  • Bright 10.1-inch widescreen display (1024 x 600) with a 16:9 aspect ratio that is designed to present websites without lots of left-right scrolling, as well as with a smoother line of sight
  • 92 percent full-sized, spill-resistant keyboard with curved keys for easy typing.
  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 processor (512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB) combines performance and energy efficiency to explore the Internet and stay connected while mobile.
  • 160 GB hard drive (5400 RPM)
  • 1 GB of RAM (800 MHz; 2 GB maximum capacity from single RAM slot)
  • Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 video processor with up to 384 MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
  • 1.3-megapixel webcam integrated into the display bezel for easy video chats and conferencing
  • 54g Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g)
  • Three USB 2.0 ports
  • VGA video output for connecting to an external monitor
  • Stereo speakers with headphone and microphone jacks
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100)
  • 3-in-1 memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital (SD/SDHC), Multi-Media Card (MMC), and Memory Stick (MS/MS Pro) media
  • Dell Remote Access enables you to easily access photos, music, movies and more on your home system using another Internet-connected computer. No more waiting until you get home to get the files you need.
  • 2 GB of online storage with enables you to keep important files online for easy access. Dell has partnered with to provide 2 GB of free Internet storage for every Inspiron Mini 10 customer. Store, access, collaborate and share any type of file through a secure, simple and intuitive web browser experience. Plus, you can purchase larger accounts to store more files.
  • Dell DataSafe Online optional online backup service (additional charges applicable) offers data protection by enabling you to back up data to a safe, remote storage site using a broadband connection. Dell DataSafe Online is designed to be easy, flexible and secure. After setup, it will automatically back up data and help protect against software, hardware and catastrophic failure.
  • Windows 7 Starter makes small notebook PCs easier to use because it puts less between you and what you want to do--less waiting, less clicking, less hassle connecting to networks. And Starter combines the latest in reliability and responsiveness with the familiarity and compatibility of Windows.
  • Get more features with Windows Anytime Upgrade. It's the best way to add features to Windows 7, takes as few as ten minutes, requires no software or downloads, and you'll keep your existing programs, files, and settings. Windows will walk you through the simple upgrade process.
  • Pre-loaded software includes Microsoft Works SE 9.0 for word processing and spreadsheet work.
  • Up to 6 hours of battery life
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.8 x 1.3 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds

What's in the box
This package includes the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (iM1012-687OBK), 6-cell rechargeable battery, AC adapter, and printed documentation. It's backed by a 1-year limited warranty with mail-in service.

The centrally located, easy-to-use Dell Support Center application offers provides personalized support resources. Conveniently located on your PC's desktop with quick links to service, support and system resources. You'll be able to keep your system up-to-date and running efficiently through automated fixes for common configuration issues.

The Dell Inspiron Mini 1012.

Product Information

Color: Black
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Screen Size10.1 inches
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Max Screen Resolution1024 x 600 pixels
Processor1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450
Memory Speed 800 MHz
Hard Drive160 GB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel GMA 3150
Chipset BrandIntel
Card DescriptionGraphics Media Accelerator3151
Graphics Card Ram Size384 MB
Wireless Type802.11abg
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Average Battery Life (in hours) 8.75 hours
Brand NameDell
SeriesInspiron Mini
Item model numberiM1012-687OBK
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Item Weight3.2 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H7.74 x 10.55 x 1.26 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeNone
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Power SourceAC
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #20,946 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableDecember 19, 2005
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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Customer Reviews

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286 of 304 people found the following review helpful By Scott Showalter on March 16, 2010
Color: Black
I've not been a fan of that many netbooks out there, but this little guy really blew me away. I got to compare this netbook up against netbooks from ASUS, Acer, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Gateway (a pretty exhaustive line-up). There was a sharp contrast between Dell's Mini 10 series and netbooks made by the other companies. To me, the buying decision really came down to comfort and ingenuity of its design. I find others choosing this model mostly for the same reasons.

===== It's Comfortable =====
This thing is a dream to use. Most netbooks are unusable to me. What stings me most with netbooks is the keyboard. I'm used to the low-profile, "chiclet-style" scissor-switch keyboards that are (or at least used to be) most common in laptops, and in fact I love them. I'm referring to the type of keys that are flat and flush with the palm rest, and have a little flange or lip on the edges (where the space is between the keys). To see exactly what I mean, check out the close ups here on the right ( These types of keyboards make typing a breeze, as they won't inflict wrist strain due to tall keys or keys that require more force to press.

===== It's Innovative =====
The touch pad is small, yet clever, allowing you to press down on the bottom-left/bottom-right corners of the pad to left-click/right-click (respectively), rather than wasting space by implementing separate buttons. The touch pad is also very touchable, as its texture and finish is matte, rather than glossy, making it much more conducive to swiping your fingers across than most of the other netbooks I laid fingers on. Most netbooks' touch pads were glossy, making your skin shear and resist the dragging gestures.
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Color: Black
Why 4 stars versus 5? The difference between 'I like it' and 'I love it'. I do like it! I like netbooks for web surfing and emailing, video chat via Skype and little else. Ideally the mini would have a DVD drive, more storage space, a better webcam and THEN I'd love it, but then it would probably be a notebook.

I purchased this item for my 12 year old daughter to access the internet to play online games (Disney's Club Penguin and Neopets), do basic research for reports and access her email. I wanted something that was ultra-portable, the right size for her small hands, possessing a brilliant display and a good battery life. I went to Dell first because I trust the brand. The Dell Inspiron Mini... did not disappoint.

What I like about it...

1. Great battery life with the 6-cell battery. Averages about 6 hours of solid use with the 6-cell. It does add to the thickness of the back of the unit, but it still fits easily into the case I purchased for it. Targus CityGear Netbook Case for up to 10.2 Inch Netbooks- Black and Grey TSM097US
2. The display is bright and clear.
3. The keyboard, while smaller than the full-sized one, is adequate and responsive.
4. The wireless connection is quick despite not being 'n-network' capable.
5. Trend Internet Security USB installed easily and uses very few resources, not bogging down the netbook.

What I wish was better...

1. Less heat! The bottom of the unit gets quite hot. I have to say this worries me. Longevity may be an issue.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By dg on April 2, 2010
Just purchased this computer. I thought the touchscreen left and right click buttons would be helpful, but after using it, I found it to be a hindrance. The main problem is that you cannot use two hands to navigate as you can on a regular laptop mouse set-up. I often left click with my left index finger, and sweep with my right. This is particularly evident when you try to highlight text. When you press down on the left click button, and also finger over the touch pad to color the text, the mouse wants to navigate in both directions (for each finger) and makes it very difficult to try to get the pointer to hover over one spot.
Very frustrating, and a deal breaker in my case.

On a positive, I can say I absolutely love the keyboard. Quality wise, It is OK, and I do like how the ac plug comes straight out the back which helps prevent side pressures on the plug. It is also a beefy plug, unlike the Esus which has the small adapter pin. The ac adapter itself is as compact as it could be.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Noel Yuhanna on April 19, 2010
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I just got the Dell Mini 1012 Netbook... and choose this over ASUS 1005, HP 210 and Samsung mainly because of three reasons:

One, its feels solid...feel more like a laptop.. not any cheap old plastic netbook,
Second, the keyboard rocks, simply amazing to type... its not a chiclet keyboard :) but feels like a real-keyboard. I am typing a little over 80 WPM on it (thats what I get on my regular laptop).. :)
Finally, the screen is amazing, very clear and bright, better than ASUS or HP or MSI .. go to a store like BestBuy and see them in action and compare. YouTube picture quality has been amazing.

I have used the Atom N270 Netbook before, but the Atom N450 is cool.. I can run Powerpoint, Word Doc and Internet Explorer at the same time... and switching between the Apps without any delay.. almost like a regular notebook -- with N270 it literally used to hang :) Also, I am getting more than 8 hours of battery life with thoese Applications, which is cool.
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