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Dell Mini 1018: Mini is Where Goodness Is At

Is bigger always better? It may apply in most situations, but the new Dell Mini 1018 does seem to discredit that particular saying. So is smaller better in this case? VR-Zone puts Dell’s latest netbook to the test with our surgical skills and analytic brains.

Netbooks are wonderful little machines, aren’t they? Designed for extreme portability, there is probably nothing they cannot do for the traveling road warrior. Well, probably except when it comes to playing the latest games, performing intense multitasking, and loading certain Flash games and animations.

But then again, it should be a well-known fact that balancing size and performance on mobile computing devices is a delicate see-saw act. And with portability being a major necessity nowadays for the worker who is always on the move, finding a decent potable computer which has the right mix of both portability and performance can be a daunting task.

Fortunately, where netbooks are concerned, that daunting task is no longer an issue. Due to most netbooks sporting near identical hardware specifications, the only thing that a consumer needs to be concerned with is the design and variety of bundled software that such a machine contains. So how does the Dell Mini 1018 fare? We shall soon know.

Before that, here is a quick list of the Dell Mini 1018’s hardware specifications:

Dell Mini 1018 Netbook PC Specs
Processor Intel Atom N450 Processor (1.66 GHz, 512KB L2 Cache)
Chipset ntel NM10 Express
Graphics card Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Operating System Windows 7 Starter
Display 10.1 inch WSVGA TrueLife at a resolution of 1024 x 600
Memory 1 GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM (capped to 667MHz by processor)
Hard disk 160GB SATA hard disk
Wireless Connectivity Wireless 802.11n & Bluetooth 3.0 Combo Card
Battery 3-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
Weight 1.33Kg (2.94 lbs) with 6-cell battery

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