Dell Mini 10 hits the shelves courtesy of Tesco

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Sneaky old Dell has done it again, although this time it was really Tesco that let the cat out of the bag with the launch of the expected Dell Mini 10 netbook.

The mobile computer, which according to the trusty old Dell pencil sits somewhere between the Minis 9 and 12, was slapped up in a product page on the supermarket mammoth’s website with a price tag attached for £349 or the same in…

Intel on Netbooks: "it's fine for an hour. It's not something you're going to use day in and day out."

A few weeks back, AMD slammed the netbook, with CEO Dirk Meyer saying “We’re ignoring the Netbook phenomenon–just thinking about PC form factors above that form factor.” Well, Intel has joined them in decrying netbooks as a fad. Sales and Marketing VP, Stu Pann, said:

“We view the Netbook as mostly incremental to our total available market. If you’ve ever used a Netbook and used a 10-inch screen size–it’s fine for an hour. It’s not something you’re going to use day in and day out.”

He’s right, but missing the broader picture. There’s a lot of people out there who don’t use a laptop day in and day out. They have a Desktop PC at work, a Desktop PC at home, and they want something to fill in the gaps in between – when travelling, for example. Netbooks are small, light, and cheap – a perfect fit for this niche.

Netbooks probably don’t deserve the level of rabid attention they currently get, but they’re not that bad. No need to throw the baby out with the bathwater…

Intel’s comments (via Cnet)

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HP planning a cheaper 2nd gen Eee PC rival

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HP’s current Mini Note apparently missed the meeting where the ULPC acronym was explained, specifically the ‘UL’ part, and is one of the most expensive netbooks on the market. That hasn’t really made much of an impact on sales, apparently, but HP is now keen to introduce a new ‘economy’ device for those who didn’t want to make the stretch to the existing 2133 model.