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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?

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