I bought this for a light portable netbook use, but also I did not want a under powered unit either.
Dell has come up with a netbook that utilizes a decent dual Core CPU, and a above average GPU as well.
Also included in this config, 4 GB of memory which is user accessable and upgradable. and a 320 Gb 7200 RPM hard drive.
Last the 11.6 inch display is bright, and easy to view, its a fair bit easier to look at than the 10.1 inch displays.
see specs to the right
What's in the Box:
User manaul, AC Adaptor, Drivers CD.
The laptop as configed was the default black case, but there is an optional colors and patterens to choose from. IMO was not worth the extra $ 25.00
The 11.6 inch LED High Def true life display is great to look at, and provides a above average quality screen in a netbook of this class.
The keyboard is a very decent size, and easy to type with. Keystrokes feel solid, and it was only the right/left/up/down and the Fn keys that were sized a little smaller to allow the standard keys to be a little larger.
Touch pad is sesitive and took a little while to get used to. for a laptop this sized it not that bad how ever.
No multimedia keys.
The unit has a power Led and a Hard Drive activity Led located on teh front of the laptop.
The laptop came standard with a built in Wifi covering 802.11 b/g/n card. It has worked very well, and I have managed speeds of 300 mb/sec with my Wirless N network.
SRS premium Surround sound standard
2 X 1.5W speakers for total of 3W standard
Input and Output Ports
Power / Hard Drive LEDs
Built-in 1.3M Pixel Webcam
2 x USB 2.0
RJ45 Lan Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Multimedia Card Slot
Fan Exhaust Port
Memory access panel
Cool air intake ports
3Dmark05 score 2326
Win 7 Score 3.7
Size and Weight
11.25" x 8" x 1" at 3.5 pounds
Heat and Noise
The unit has a decent heat vent design, the single fan exhaust to the left side, and draws cool air in through the bottom.
Approximately 5-6 hours of use as configured.
Unit comes with Windows 7, and of course the standard Dell bloatware, incuding Office 2010 trial. A quick reformat imprved boot up times, and drive space.
65 watt AC adaptor
The 7200 RPM hard drive was a Plus.
Larger 11.6 inch Truelife display.
Faster CPU, and GPU option
Still maintains the notebook size and weight
HDMI port, VGA ports, 3 x USb ports all standard.
Easy memory access
Hard drive, PCI wireless card can only be accessed by opening up the laptop.
This netbook sports the power and design of a standard size basic laptop, but in a small netbook size.
Battery life is very good, may not be the 10 hours the more under powered netbooks have, but still decent.
With the optional 90 w/hr battery you can easily have the 10 hours of use.
Price wise this laptop was $ 600.00 plus taxes, which puts it well above the netbook price, but the not that much higher than the other 11" screen netbooks.