Dell Inspiron Mini 10 – Look Under the Hood, Ships in April

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (or Dell Inspiron 1010 as it’s sometimes referred to) was just made available fore pre-order last week, initially through QVC, but now it’s currently available for pre-order through the Dell Home and Home Office Store, with a tentative ship date of April 6, 2009.

If you can’t wait to see how it’s put together, some of the online service documentation (also available for download) shows the inner-workings of the new 10-inch Intel Atom-powered device.

Among the highlights:
– The TV Tuner card (next to the SATA HDD bay, under the left palmrest)
– The Hard Drive, while it’s buried underneath the keyboard, doesn’t look to be all that hard to replace or upgrade with a larger capacity drive. It’s in a tray, and it looks like only the battery and keyboard need to be pulled and then you have full access. It even has a pull-tab to help remove it.
– The SIM card slot (assuming your model has one) is directly behind the battery, and apparently easy to get to.

You can access the support site through here:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1010/en/index.htm
via jkkmobile

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Amazon.com – Deal of the Day – Samsung X360-34G ($1049.99)

Samsung X360 This is kind of a surprise. If you are in the US and have been thinking about the ultraportable 13.3-inch Samsung X360, Amazon.com has the X360-34G as their “Deal of the Day” today. This is probably one of the cheapest ultraportable deals with an Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) CPU – Samsung claims it’ll get you up to nearly 8 hours of battery life.

List Price: $1,899.00
Price: $1,049.99 & eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime
Save: $849.01 (45%)

Note: There is a $300 rebate listed, however that expired yesterday. The deal today is much better.

Specifications:
– 13.3″ 1280×800 LED-Backlit display
– Intel Ultra Low Voltage SU9300 Core 2 Duo (1.2GHz)
– INtel GMA 4500MHD Graphics
– 3GB DDR3 (1066MHz) RAM
– 1280 GB HDD (1.8″)
– 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
– Bluetooth 2.0
– 6-cell Battery
– Microsoft Windows Vista
– Fingerprint Reader

The listed weight is 2.9 pounds – lighter than some netbooks/ultraportables with smaller displays. It partially achieves this by ditching the optical drive, similar to Apple’s MacBook Air, so there is not an optical/DVD/CD drive included.

Read: Amazon.com – Samsung X360-34G

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Netbooks Boosting Cloud Computing?

Netbooks Jason Hiner at ZDNet, has written an article, “Are netbooks quietly driving us toward cloud computing?”

He’s laid out a case that not only are netbooks/subnotebooks bucking the current trends of the PC industry (shrinking sales with some companies), but that they are poised to grow a lot more, and along the way, they are going to be bringing greater access to new technologies, especially cloud computing and cloud storage:

As a result, the limited local processing and limited local storage available on netbooks are likely to become catalysts for transferring more processing and storage to the data center, where companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are currently building up large reservoirs of computing resources.

Those three companies will certainly be beneficiaries of this trend – especially in terms of their cloud storage initiatives – but so will many other companies that host Software-as-a-Service applications, hosted storage, and cloud computing services.

We are already seeing this, with Asus offering 10GB – 20GB through their Eee Storage service.

HP is offering their “HP Upline” service with some devices that offers online data storage and backup.

Then you have third parties offering online storage services such as Dropbox which allows you to stay platform-neutral. There are clients available for the major OS platforms, as well as a web-accessible option for accessing your stored items through your browser.

Those three examples allow you to keep files in sync and backed up between multiple systems, especially important when you are using a netbook/ultraportable as a secondary device, and you don’t want to be in a situation where you have your files scattered around and they aren’t backed up, or where you are going with one of the smaller-capacity Solid State Drive (SSD) options.

There are also services like Evernote which is more oriented towards storing and syncing data (text, web clippings, documents, images). I’m a huge fan of Evernote, as are many people I know. You can have both client-based storage/syncing for those times when you are offline, and you can also access your data through a web interface. It even performs Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on images/photos that you upload, that have text somewhere in the image. You can then find that data through simple text searches.

Read: ZDNet

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HP Mini 1000 Mi Review (liliputing)

HP Mini 1000 Last week, liliputing reviewed the HP Mini 1000 Mi version of the 10.1″ Intel Atom-powered HP Mini 1000 netbook series.

The model reviewed has a glossy 10.1″ display, 60GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, and Bluetooth, and retails for around $435.

While the Mini 1000 Mi is based on the Ubuntu Linux distribution, Hewlett-Packard has customized the interface to fit the resolution as well as the typical uses that people are using netbooks/ultraportable laptops for.

liliputing has included screenshots – you can see the Home Screen that the HP Mini 1000 boots up to is heavily customized – you have a display for your waiting email, links to a few of your favorite websites, as well as music and photos. The interface is nicely designed, for what it does:

In the center you have a search bar and a bookmark toolbar and 4 user customizable thumbnail previews for the web sites you visit most often. For the most part, this section is awesome. For people who treat their computers as a web browser with a keyboard, this is practically like being presented with your web browser upon startup. Just type a URL or a search term in the search box and hit enter, and Firefox will launch within seconds, displaying your web page or search results.

There’s also a customized program launcher and taskbar:

This task switcher gives you large icons with descriptive text explaining which apps are running. It’s a lot easier to decipher than the tiny icons you’ll find in the Windows taskbar or OS X dock, and an HP representative tells me that’s why HP decided to use this task switcher in lieu of a more traditional taskbar.

Read: liliputing

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MSI Wind U115 in March, U123 in April

MSI Wind U120 It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything significant about the 10-inch MSI Wind U115. It was officially announced back at CES in January of this year. LAPTOP Magazine is reporting that the U115 will be released towards the end of March, and will feature an Intel Atom Z530 CPU (1.6GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB) and will sell for over $500 USD.

The U115 is being called a “hybrid”. It’s going to have both a mechanical HDD hard drive, and it’s also going to feature a Solid State Drive (SSD) in the same chassis. From what’s been mentioned in the past, you’ll have a choice of a 120GB or 160GB 2.5″ Serial ATA (SATA) HDD (you can probably upgrade it later on) along with a built-in 8GB or 16GB SSD. The SSD will have the operating system, while the HDD side will basically function as mass storage and possibly the install location for some of your software.

Next month, MSI will also be releasing the 10.2-inch MSI Wind U123. It’ll feature the same CPU as currently shipping in the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE, the Intel Atom N280. While it will undoubtedly share many of the same attributes as the MSI Wind U120, one thing it won’t be sharing is the U120’s memory limitations. Unlike the U120, the U123 will be upgradeable to 2GB of RAM. There will be four colors, blue, white, “metallic black”, and “burgundy red”, and will have six-cell and nine-cell battery options.

As far as anything larger than the 10-inch Wind lineup, MSI’s Director of U.S. Sales, Andy Tung, had this to say: “there are rumors of 11.6 and 12 inch solutions from other companies. We have that in development and can bring that out of the gate.” Tung pointed out that for now, they consider the 10-inch market to be their main focus.

Read: LAPTOP Magazine

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