Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Dell Inspiron M101z: Netbook or Not?

dell inspiron m101zDell announced that the new Inspiron M101z is available to order now and will begin shipping soon. This ultra-portable laptop has tons of great features including some that might lead you to believe it is a netbook. It has an 11-inch screen and a price tag under $600 that makes it seem very netbook-like, but if you dig deeper, there is a lot more to the M101z.

With the Inspiron M101z it’s up to you to decide how you want your laptop to look. There are over 200 different designs that you can pick from for the lid of your device. The laptop was designed to be ultraportable so, as mentioned previously, it has an 11-inch screen, and it only weighs 3.4 pounds. The M101z has a fantastic full-size keyboard with keys that are widely spaced apart, and the two mouse buttons have been engineered so that the clicking noise is completely gone.

So, what’s under the hood of the Inspiron M101z, you might ask? Well, it features a dual-core AMD Athlon processor, 1080p HD-capable graphics, 4GB of memory, and 320GB of hard drive. It comes with pretty standard ports including 3 USB ports, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI port, and a media card reader. The only disappointment is that the battery life isn’t as good as it could be. It only lasts about 4 and a half hours, which may not seem too bad, but compared to laptops like the Asus UL80VT-A1 that has close to 10 hours of battery life, the M101z’s battery may seem a bit shabby.

There are several things that really set the M101z apart from most other average netbooks. Its 1.3GHz AMD Athlon K325 dual-core processor is an upgrade from the standard single-core AMD processor that can be found in similar netbook-like devices. The M101z also features 4GB of memory instead of the usual 1GB that can be found in netbooks.

Coming in at $580, the Dell Inspiron M101z is not as cheap as most netbooks, but that’s probably because it isn’t exactly a true netbook. It has some amazing features that put it a step above most netbooks. Although it doesn’t have the best battery life, there are plenty of features that make up for it. The M101z is definitely a good option to consider if your looking for a cheaper laptop with some great features.

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