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Dell Mini 9


$349.00 Released September, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Nice design. Available with Linux pre-installed. Solid build quality.

The Cons:Screen is difficult to see in brightly lit conditions. No spinning HDD options (SSD only). Glossy lid like most other netbooks - fingerprint magnet.

The Dell Mini 9 is a netbook from Dell. Intended to compete with the likes of the Asus EEE pc, MSI Wind and Acer Aspire One, the Mini 9 is not meant to be a users primary computer. Rather, it is designed to be a lifestyle accessory, light, easy to use and as close to a fully featured laptop as possible while avoiding the extra bulk, expense, heat and noise of a regular laptop.

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Rumoured to be released at the end of August for a measly $299, the official specifications of the device have been leaked, and are confirmed to be not unlike many other competing devices on the market. Utilizing the low cost, low power Intel Atom CPU, the Mini 9 will have 512-1024MB of DDR2 ram, a 4, 8, or 16GB SSD drive, and a keyboard that's 89% the size of a standard keyboard. It also has an LED backlit screen.

Features 

  • Intel Atom Processor (1.6GHz, 533MHz FSB)
  • 512MB, 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 4, 8 or 16GB SSD
  • LED Backlight LCD Screen 1024x600 Resolution
  • Memory Card Reader
  • 10/100 Ethernet, Wi-Fi B/G
  • 4 cell battery, 2.5 hours
  • Keyboard: 89% the size of standard keyboard

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Pros
  • 4

    Nice design

  • 4

    available with Linux pre-installed

  • 4

    solid build quality

  • 4

    silent - no spinning drive or fans

  • 3

    affordable price

  • 3

    wide range of configurations

  • 3

    Good built-in webcam

  • 3

    3 USB ports

  • 2

    fairly competent 3-cell battery (3.5 hours of runtime)

  • 2

    Optional Bluetooth

  • 2

    SD Expansion Slot

  • 2

    Available in white, red or black

  • 2

    Low power consumption

  • 2

    SSD (solid state drive) good for high-speed travel (motorcycle)

  • 2

    Built-in Microphone

Cons
  • 3

    Screen is difficult to see in brightly lit conditions

  • 2

    no spinning HDD options (SSD only)

  • 2

    glossy lid like most other netbooks - fingerprint magnet

  • 2

    no larger battery option

  • 2

    can get hot

  • 2

    No latching system for display

  • 2

    No WWAN

  • 2

    The keyboard takes a bit of getting used to and some keys are in awkward place.

  • 2

    battery life is a bit short

  • 1

    1GB of memory max (imposed by model of Atom processor)

  • 1

    does not have a CD/DVD rom drive

  • 1

    display doesn't utilize full screen

  • 1

    VERY PATHETIC HD capacity

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