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Dell Inspiron Mini 12: It’s bigger than the Inspiron Mini 9 and it has a keyboard that has all keys in natural positions, making the sturdily built Inspiron Mini 12 comfortable to use. It has a 10.2in screen, runs Windows XP and uses an Intel Atom Z530 (1.6GHz) CPU rather than an N270 model, has 1GB of RAM, and an 80GB hard drive. With only a 3-cell battery, the Mini 12 has poor battery life, and at $849 it’s an expensive unit considering you don’t even get 802.11n wireless networking. At this price point you’re basically paying for the bigger screen, which is worth it as it runs at 1280x800, a higher resolution than most netbooks on the market.

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