updated 09:10 am EST, Thu November 13, 2008
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 US
Dell today officially launched the Inspiron Mini 12 for the US after its initial run in Japan. The 12-inch crossover between a netbook and ultraportable now starts at $549 and is partly slower than the smaller Mini 9. A lesser 1.33GHz Atom is compensated for by 1GB of memory, a 40GB hard drive and Windows Vista Home Basic versus the 512MB memory, 4GB flash and Ubuntu Linux necessary to drive the Mini 9's price down.
A faster $654 ($599 promo) version brings the now ubiquitous 1.6GHz Atom chip as well as a larger 60GB hard drive and a six-cell battery. A range-topping $758 ($678 sale) model ups the capacity to 80GB and extends the warranty to two years. All versions are available with either a black or white lid and should ship in early December.