Dell Inspiron M101z: Redefining Love at First Sight

20 August 2010

Remember the cliché “Love at first sight”? Well, if you haven’t been in love yet, prepare to fall head over heels with the new, ultra-fine Dell Inspiron M101z.

Not convinced? Check out these aspects to change your mind:

The Overall Appearance

The Dell Inspiron M101z laptop comes in a range of colours that can reflect your personality wherever you go. You can choose to radiate your confidence with Obsidian Black, reveal your playful nature with Tomato Red, flaunt your energetic nature with Peacock Blue, or show your wildly creative side with the Lotus Pink cover.

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Once you get over your infatuation with the outer cover, you have to take a look at the keyboard and touchpad designs. The new chiclet-style keyboard, rounded, black matte keys, and the smooth silver pad mark the beginning of a change in the creation of Dell laptops. Lift your eyes up and you will see the 11.6 inch screen. Dell has added a little improvement that allows you to prop the screen up a bit. Plus, the vertical viewing angles are a great addition that will allow you to share your Dell Inspiron M101z’s screen with a friend.

the inspiron m101z design

Under the Hood

Within the chic exterior is a lean, mean, computing machine. The Dell Inspiron M101z offers you these wonderful specifications:

  • A choice between the AMD Athlon II Neo Single Core Pocessor and the AMD Athlon II Neo Single Dual Processor
  • A choice between 2GB and 4GB RAM (definitely a treat if you enjoy playing games in your free time)
  • 1080p
  • Surround sound speakers
  • A choice between a 250GB or a 320GB hard drive
  • An array of wireless services starting from Wi-Fi and all the way to the latest version of Bluetooth 3.0.
  • A 6-cell 56WHr Li-Ion battery that is expected to last for 6 hours and 36 minutes

The Ugly Side of Dell Inspiron M101z

As beautiful as everything seems, the Dell Inspiron M101z has a few niggling problems. Starting from the screen, the horizontal angles aren’t as good as the vertical ones mentioned earlier, thus you may notice some colour distortion if you take a step away from your Dell laptop. Another annoying aspect is the life of the battery. Despite the aforementioned six-hour durability, tests have recorded that the battery lasts for 3 hours and 35 minutes if you’re playing graphical content (e.g. a movie), and about 4 hours if you’re just running simple applications. The charger for Dell Inspiron M101z is an updated slim version, which is obviously a plus.

Aside from that, you may have some problem replacing internal components such as your hard drive. Thus, if your Dell Inspiron M101z is busted, it will sadly end up becoming a decorative piece on your desk.

The Bottom Line

The Dell Inspiron M101z still needs a few tweaks to become an excellent laptop. However, that does not mean that it is one of the best mini laptops around. Plus, for the price you’re going to pay for this laptop, you’re going to get a lot of value for every pound you spend.



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