Talk about a short life. Dell's Inspiron Mini 12 launched
October of last year, and it seems the company's largest netbook is
already being canned before it can even celebrate its first birthday.
It's almost tragic, isn't it? With fewer and fewer netbooks launching
these days with 11.6" and 12" displays, it really hurts to see yet
another big guy take the fall. After all, these 12" machines usually
have keyboards that are much larger and far more comfortable to use
than those on the 10" machines, but we suspect the sales volume just
didn't warrant an extension.
Indeed, the Mini 12 launched at around $600, which is dangerously close
to the price put on 13.3" and 14" thin-and-light notebooks from MSI and
company. Of course, those that closely follow Dell's moves won't find
this as a shock. Recently, the company's Inspiron Mini 9 netbook was
also canned with nary a peep from the parent company, and the 12"
version is also vanishing without any official word. But trust us, you
won't have much luck if you surf over to Dell
's website and attempt to
So, in the larger picture, what exactly does this mean? Does it signal
that larger netbooks are unwanted? Does it signal that the $299 price
ceiling is made of more than glass? We're guessing that the Mini 12
would've done much better below $600, but we can understand why Dell
was forced to sell it for more. Who knows--maybe the Mini 12 will
resurface with great specs and a new face.