Review: Dell Inspiron M101z Ultraportable Laptop

Engadget: Review – Dell Inspiron M101z Ultraportable Laptop

The reviewer calls this model “the best combination of build quality, performance and graphics capabilities for the price” in a laptop with an 11.6-inch screen – of which there are several new on the market.

“We’ve been having a hard time figuring out what to call the recent influx of 11.6-inch laptops — you know, the ones which are slightly larger and more expensive than netbooks, yet pack more than double the graphics and performance power. But regardless of what we call them – we’re thinking notbooks — the new category certainly has been building steam by the day, and we can’t help but think Dell’s new Inspiron M101z could be our favorite yet. Yes, unfortunately, our review unit was adorned in that bright pink color above that’s most likely causing your eyes to tear, but don’t let its sissy exterior fool you — it’s powered by AMD’s new dual-core Athlon Neo II processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB 7,200rpm hard drive. Yep, she’s a heartbreaker on paper, but hit break to find out if the $579 M101z is in fact a worthy companion.

Look and feel

For whatever reason, Dell sent us the “Promise Pink” version of the M101z. While it’s nice that some of the proceeds of the particular model go to the Susan Komen Foundation for breast cancer research, the almost florescent color and matching swirly pink pattern that finds its way onto the palmrest just wasn’t our thing. We tried to call Molly Ringwald and pawn it off on her, but we just couldn’t get in touch. We could make pink laptop jokes all day, but more importantly, in usual Dell fashion it’s available in three other colors: black, red and blue.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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