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Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Launched

Of all the netbooks yet to hit the market, Dell's was probably the one most awaited. I say was, because as of today (allowing up to 15-days for delivery) the Inspiron Mini 9 is now available to buy. Assuming you haven't already bitten the bullet and plumped for an Asus, MSI or Acer.

On the surface the Mini 9 isn't exactly any more imposing than any other netbook, so lets dellve (get it?) inside:

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU

  • 1GB DDR2 (533MHz) RAM

  • 16GB solid state drive

  • 8.9in, 1,024 x 600 display

  • Ethernet, Bluetooth, 801.11b/g WiFi

  • Three USB 2.0 ports, VGA output, 3-in-1 card reader

  • 4-cell, 32Whr battery

  • ~1Kg (with battery installed)

Surprisingly enough, that matches near enough every other Atom-based netbook out there, so the only real difference comes in the form of the Dell-made chassis. American buyers get the option to have a cheaper system, with Ubuntu-flavoured Linux installed, as well as getting a choice of memory configurations and hard drive sizes (512MB RAM and 8GB SSD or 1GB RAM and 16GB SSD).

Another US-only deal is the temporary offer of a Mini 9 for a mere $99 if purchased alongside a Studio 15, M1530 or M1330 notebook. Colour us jealous of that particular proposal.

Dell lists the Mini 9 at £279, but as shipping of £20 (seriously?) is required, we might as well all just call it £300 and be done. That’s a tad more expensive than other offerings, so hopefully Dell has done something miraculous with the build quality of its system to justify that extra cost - that being a feature still left wanting on many other netbooks.

We'll be taking a look at a Mini 9 as soon as possible and giving you the full low-down.

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Dell Mini 9.

Matt G Baish

September 4, 2008, 6:49 pm

Any chance of a head to head of all these blimmin things when they finally come out?





Certainly interested in one for the family (& then I can reclaim my Sony SZ1 from the missus!)

Matt G Baish

September 4, 2008, 6:51 pm

P.S. In noticed PC World (the magazine not the poor excuse for a store IMHO) attempted (badly) to do this recently but mixed up a bunch of Notebooks & Netbooks; unsuprisingly one of the Notebooks 'won' because it was much more powerful than the ohers - well yeah - doh!

Xiphias

September 4, 2008, 7:43 pm

So it's got a short battery life, a fingerprinted chassis, a glossy display and a high price. It'll have to be extremely impressive in the flesh to make up for that.

Hugo

September 4, 2008, 7:45 pm

To be frank, they're basically the same machine, but the Eee PC has a 6-cell battery, not a 4-cell like its rivals, consequently giving it much better battery life. In other words: buy an Eee PC, it's the best.

Brian ONeill

September 4, 2008, 7:57 pm

I asked the dell salesperson and they said the battery will last about 2-2.5 hours, i know this will be an issue for some users. It does look nice.

Juxtah

September 4, 2008, 9:48 pm

2-2.5 hours really? I would've expected more considering it has a 4 cell battery (almost all other netbooks come with 3 cell) and since most other netbook batteries last 2.5-3 hours on 3 cells I'd have expected this to last longer then 3 hours.

ilovethemonkeyhead

September 4, 2008, 10:18 pm

i walked into currys digital and looked at a dell inspiron... it had a dell studio 15 inch style body and lid, but had different keys and a normal looking trackpad. it said "inspiron" on the actual chassis, just below the screen, above the keyboard. is it just me?

Peter

September 5, 2008, 12:30 am

Wonder how is compares to a 3 year old Dell Lattitude D610. Which is Centrino 1.6ghz and also has 1gb ram.

Chris Beach

September 5, 2008, 11:58 am

The main differences seem to be bluetooth (dell and wind/advent) and battery life.





I think that bluetooth is essential given the type of use, but with those mini usb transmitters its then only down to how well supported in linux they are.





Dell missed a trick here though, if they had offered the customiability that they normally do, I think they would be on to a winner.

Xiphias

September 5, 2008, 6:39 pm

cjb110: The eee 901 and HP MiniNote also both have bluetooth.





Peter: Well the atom is roughly comparable to the Celeron used in the eee 900 which is a Pentium M based one at 900Mhz so it's likely to be slower than a Centrino Pentium M 1.6Ghz





Juxtah: They're probably four small cells, the capacity of the battery is fairly small. The eee 900 three cell battery for example uses a 4400mAh@9.5v battery which gives 41.8Whr, compared to the 32Whr battery of the dell.

Paul Nicolson

September 8, 2008, 1:47 pm

rather have an iphone :-)

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