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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 box.net.

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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Soldered?
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!

Pessimist
- 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

Optimist
- 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.


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