Dell Mini 12 netbook starts at $549 with no option to upgrade RAM and Vista Home Basic as the only OS

295 Aw, man. Good news, bad news. The good news is that the Dell Mini 12 is now available. The bad news is that it starts at $549, the one gigabyte of RAM isn’t upgradeable, and your only choice for an operating system is Vista Home Basic.

There are three models available for $549, $599, and $678, respectively. The lowest-end has a 1.33GHz Atom CPU, 40GB hard drive, and a three cell battery. The other two have 1.6GHz processors, six cell batteries, and 60GB or 80GB hard drives.

Other than that, the normally-fun process of customizing your Dell machine isn’t too involved. I’ll go on record and say that the non-upgradeable one gigabyte of RAM and only offering Windows Vista Basic is going to keep plenty of people away from this machine. It’s a shame, too. I was looking forward to this little guy.