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The Mini 9 can be ordered with select Dell notebooks tomorrow for $99

Dell's entry into the netbook realm has been talked about for weeks now and images have been around just as long. Therefore, when Dell made the Inspiron Mini 9 official today it felt like a familiar product already.

The one point that was unknown and was a subject of debate was how Dell would price the notebook. DailyTech reported earlier this week that some sources pegged the Inspiron Mini 9 as low as $299 with other sourced pegging the price in the $400 range. The official pricing for the Mini is $349 for the version running Ubuntu Linux, $399 for the cheapest Windows XP version, and $449 for the loaded XP version. Both XP versions are available now for order; the Linux version is pre-order only right now.

The Inspiron Mini 9 at $399 includes a $40 discount. All versions of the Mini 9 use an Intel Atom N270 processor at 1.6GHz and feature an 8.9-inch LED display running a resolution of 1024 x 600, built-in 802.11g Wi-Fi, Intel GMA 950 graphics, and a 4-cell 32WHr battery. The Mini 9 weighs as little as 2.28-pounds.

The Linux version uses a 4GB SSD and 512MB of DDR2 RAM. The base XP model has an 8GB SSD and has 512MB of DDR2 RAM. The up-level XP model has a 16GB SSD and 1GB of RAM. The systems can be ordered in black or white colors. Bluetooth can be added for an additional $20. The integrated webcam is a 0.3-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel unit is optional for an additional $10. Every Mini 9 also includes 2GB of free online storage via

The Dell blog reports that at 6 A.M. Central on September 5 you can order a Dell Studio 15, XPS M1530, or XPS M1330 laptop and get a base Mini 9 for only $99.

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Worried about the low end?
By djc208 on 9/4/2008 2:58:53 PM , Rating: 2
Dell must be worried this will cut into their low end laptop sales because they're basically giving the larger 15" laptop away for $99 by baiting you with the mini 9.

Personally I'd think this offer would work better with their desktops. Sell a desktop system for home so you have a decent screen/mouse/keyboard and a mini 9 for travel.

RE: Worried about the low end?
By Suntan on 9/4/2008 3:37:19 PM , Rating: 2

I’d be more likely to buy a desktop to replace my aging 17” laptop if I could get a little one of these for next to nothing for the large amount of time I want to surf the net while watching Tv from the couch.

But then, I’d still be more likely to build my own desktop than buy a Dell desktop.


By ImSpartacus on 9/7/2008 9:49:35 AM , Rating: 2
They want to empty old non-centrino 2 laptops. That is the only reason they are throwing in 910's.

I think it's a good idea.

RE: Worried about the low end?
By Denigrate on 9/4/2008 5:43:28 PM , Rating: 2
What? They are "giving away" the Mini 9 for $99 with the purchase of a larger laptop.

RE: Worried about the low end?
By djc208 on 9/5/2008 6:58:50 AM , Rating: 2
That's what the ad says, but why? This portion of the market is hot right now, hence Dell getting involved. Why sell it for $99 if everyone is making money at $400?

The notebook you have to buy is the closest competition these have, lower end 15" laptops. The $99 mini is just bait to get you to buy the 15" laptop that you might have bought instead had the mini 9 and all it's competition not been available.

RE: Worried about the low end?
By Chadder007 on 9/5/2008 10:28:33 AM , Rating: 2
I guess they decided not to do the deal...I don't see it up still.

RE: Worried about the low end?
By bhieb on 9/5/2008 11:06:43 AM , Rating: 2
I spec'd a studio 15 out to see if the deal was anywhere to be found, but I guess not. Anyone have a promo code for it?

Let The Gmaes Begin
By batman4u on 9/4/2008 1:56:30 PM , Rating: 2
Another UMPC to the Competition

RE: Let The Gmaes Begin
By therealnickdanger on 9/4/2008 2:00:06 PM , Rating: 4
This is not a UMPC, but a netbook. UMPCs feature very small screens and resemble PDAs.

RE: Let The Gmaes Begin
By aegisofrime on 9/5/2008 10:04:42 AM , Rating: 2
Plus UMPCs invoke the image of very expensive devices.

RE: Let The Gmaes Begin
By daftrok on 9/5/2008 12:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
And boosts laser eye surgery sales.

By therealnickdanger on 9/4/2008 1:58:58 PM , Rating: 2
Since there seems to be no information from Dell or other news sources, I'm going to assume for now that there is NO: 2.5" bay or RAM slot available. It seems as though the "SSD" and RAM are soldered or at least inaccessible.

I really want to get one of these little things, but I think I'll be waiting for a dual-core Atom w/HT with a RAM slot and 2.5" bay. Upgradeability (sp?) is my most sought after feature.

RE: Soldered?
By Omega215D on 9/4/2008 2:23:41 PM , Rating: 4
Look on Anand's main page and there's a review of it right there. Apparently there is one DIMM slot and it seems accessible and a mini PCI-e slot for SSD.

RE: Soldered?
By therealnickdanger on 9/4/2008 3:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
Cool, I didn't see that before posting. Thanks!

- still no Paulsbo: 945G sucks
- mini-PCIe: conventional 2.5" SATA bay plz!
- I use the function keys a lot... don't like the keyboard layout

- RAM slot, will the BIOS allow for 2GB? 4GB?
- overall, sturdy design, good looking
- great screen

RE: Soldered?
By murphyslabrat on 9/4/2008 7:36:17 PM , Rating: 1
I have a full-sized laptop keyboard now, and I am finding that I miss the keyboard on my old Fujitsu B2562. When using the fn key, the mildly compacted keyboard was actually nicer to use than a full-size keyboard. Though, that was on a 10.4", 4:3 laptop, and I have never had any typist training; my usual speed on a full-sized keyboard is about 40 wpm, with ~95% accuracy...far from what Anand was getting with even the EEE PC.

My favorite part was having the home, end, page up, page down keys as fn + directional keys.

Disk usage?
By Jeff7181 on 9/5/2008 5:13:16 AM , Rating: 2
How much of the 4 GB SSD is used out of the box? Just trying to get an idea for how much room there is for this to grow as far as installing new applications and updates, etc.

That was a close one!
By flydian on 9/5/2008 6:33:12 PM , Rating: 2
Rent was due no later than today, and I canceled that payment just in time to order one of these. PHEW!

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