Dell Mini 10 Finally Gets Fancy 720p Display

Dell finally makes good on its promise of outfitting the Mini 10 netbook with a 720p-capable screen.

We caught our first glimpse of the Dell Mini 10 netbook earlier this year at CES, and we liked what we saw with promises of a 720p display, integrated GPS, TV tuner and a multitouch trackpad. It sounded like a netbook that was a cut above the rest. Too bad about that 1 GB RAM maximum though.

Just before the Mini 10 launched, we learned that the 720p display would come in a 1366 x 768 resolution -- a welcomed bump up from the usual 1024 x 600 of nearly all other netbooks. When the Mini 10 launched, however, it was only available in the less desirable 1024 x 576 resolution; and to make matters worse, none of the TV tuner or GPS features were available.

While the full featured Mini 10 still isn’t here, Dell is now offering customers the upgrade to the much better 1366 x 768 display for just $35. A pleasant surprise is that all the display options for the Mini 10 are with matte displays, which is a departure from the trend of glossy-is-better. It’s particularly interesting considering that both the Mini 9 and Mini 12 are outfitted only with glossy screens.

Thanks to the Intel GN40 chipset’s HD decode capabilities, owners of the top line display will be able to resolve all of 720p video. Is this enough to entice you to consider the Mini 10 as a netbook option?

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Definitely good news, but I will still wait for the tuner and a version of Windows that isn't 8 years old.
  • crom
    Who cares about the OS. You can put any OS on there if you want. My problem is that it's still locked to that garbage Intel graphics chipset.
  • amdgamer666
    with only a gig of ram, xp would be my os of choice anyway
  • kenyee
    excellent...maybe this will also make Asus update their 1000HE which has a real processor in it ;-)
  • sciggy
    I want a higher res screen, wxga+ minimum!
  • Me=happy!
    Though nothing beats glossy screens!
    In worst case scenario I can use it outside, and let the sun shine in my monitor to see what I'm doing without using backlight.
    Something you can't do with a matte screen.
  • higherdestiny
    I'll wait for 2gb ram models please
  • HDMI port included? & with extra ram, I'm all in!
  • radguy
    Its a big step in the right direction but the current gma 500 and 1gig of ram is a big nono but hopefully other manufactures will follow suit and some upgrades from dell might happen too. Personally don't care about TV or gps.