Dell Inspiron 910 out this Thursday

For those suffering from netbook ennui, we apologise, but the news coming straight out of Del this morning is too big to pass up. After a string of fa

For those suffering from netbook ennui, we apologise, but the news coming straight out of Del this morning is too big to pass up. After a string of false starts, leaked specs and Michael Dell himself showing off the dinky latop to a stunned journo, Dell has finally conceded its Inspiron 910 netbook (or Mini Inspiron) will be released this week.

Accoding to The Wall Street Journal and Engadget, suits at the corporation say we will be seeing the little beast on Thursday, although they wouldn't be drawn on final specs. However, it's fair to assume that the leaked deets are spot on. That means an Intel Atom chip, an 8.9in screen, 80GB HDD and Windows XP inside.

The Inspiron 910 has got a pretty good claim to being the Eee PC's biggest rival, what with all the financial backing and every middle-ranking manager in a cheap Burton's suit owning one of their laptops and fancying a slice of the action.

Don't forget, if you're confused about netbooks, you need to read our feature on the five things to consider before buying one.

Essentials

Dell Inspiron 910

Price: £TBA

On sale: Thursday 4 September

Contact: Dell