Dell Inspiron Duo: Interesting Design, Slow Boot?

Microsoft’s Windows Experience Blog’s Ben Rudolph got his hands on the Dell Inspiron Duo convertible touchscreen netbook and ran it through some timing tests.

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The Inspiron Duo features a dual-core Atom N550 processor, 2GB RAM and 320GB hard drive. Ben reported that it took 36.5 seconds to boot, 17.5 seconds to shutdown (with no apps open), 9 seconds to sleep, and 1.5 seconds to wake. The two most important measurements to me are the cold boot time and time to wake. My MacBook Air takes about a second to wake. So, I’ll call that a tie. The Air’s Solid State Drive (SSD) beats the Duo handily though. The Air takes about 15 seconds to boot to a useable screen. I booted my SSD equipped Asus Eee PC T91MT netbook which is also a covertible netbook with a touchscreen. It has a pokey Atom Z520 processor. It took a miserable 1 minute 15 seconds to boot. And, Windows was still doing a lot of start up tasks in the background that essentially leaves the T91MT unusable for another few minutes.

The Inspiron Duo’s relatively slow boot time (compared to the Air) is a bit worrisome as Windows PCs have a tendency to slow down even more with time and the addition of various software that wants to start-up following the boot process. On the other hand, the Inspiron Duo’s $550 price is reasonably attractive for a full-feature netbook.