Dell Inspiron Mini 10v (New Model) Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Older Model) Price $299 $349 Weight 2.5 lbs. 2.6 lbs. Screen 10.1" 1024x576 widescreen LCD 10.1" 1024x576 widescreen LCD Processor Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz Memory 1GB DDR2 533MHz RAM 1GB DDR2 533MHz RAM Hard Drive 120GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive 160GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive Video Intel 945GSE Intel GMA 500 Keyboard size 92% full-size 92% full-size Wireless Networking 802.11g 802.11g Memory Card Slot 3-in-1 3-in-1 Ports Three USB ports, VGA, Ethernet Three USB ports, Ethernet, HDMI Rated Battery Life 3 hours (3-cell) 3 hours (3-cell) Misc. 1.3MP webcam 1.3MP webcam Our verdict Buy: Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Despite the price drop, we found the original Mini 10's HDMI port and extra 40GB of hard drive space more valuable than anything the Mini 10v brought to the table. In addition, the Mini 10 can be customized with a 1366x768 LCD (+$35) or mobile broadband modem (+$125) — two options that the Mini 10v lacks. Conclusion When it comes to performance, all netbooks are outperformed by budget laptops, many of which pack Intel Dual-Core and Core 2 Duo processors. Also, keep in mind that many of the "new" netbooks are pricier than most budget laptops. Nevertheless, if you're still dead set on a netbook, there are some things worth keeping in mind. For instance, until the first Ion-based netbooks make their debut, you can expect to find little-to-no performance differences amongst netbook manufacturers, since the majority have the same specs under the hood (an Atom processor coupled with 1GB of memory). When shopping for your netbook, we recommend you look at its features, which can make the difference between buying a good netbook and buying one you'll want to throw out the window. Things to look for include battery life, keyboard size (cramped keyboards really crimp your style), LCD specs (How small a screen can you work on? Is your screen LED backlit), and connectivity (are you getting wireless-N, Bluetooth, HDMI, or VGA?). By focusing on the design features rather than hardware specs, you're more likely to choose a netbook that'll make you happy. Louis Ramirez is dealnews' Features editor.