Dell Inspiron Mini 9: 8.9″ Netbook

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Specifications

Standard Features
Display: 8.9″ Wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Pixel Format: 1024 x 600
GPU: Intel GMA 950
CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 533MHz FSB, 512K L2 cache
Connectivity: WiFi (802.11g), USB (3), SD/xD/MMC/MS, VGA, Headphone-Out, Mic-In, Ethernet
Battery: 4-cell 32WHr

Minimum Ubuntu Configuration
Price: US$349
OS: Ubuntu 8.04 with custom Dell interface
RAM: 512GB DDR2 533MHz
Storage: 4GB SSD
Connectivity: WiFi (802.11g)
Battery: 4-cell 32WHr
Webcam: None
Color: Obsidian Black

Maxed Out Ubuntu Configuration
Price: US$519
OS: Ubuntu 8.04 with custom Dell interface
RAM: 1GB DDR2 533MHz
Storage: 16GB SSD
Connectivity: WiFi (802.11g), Bluetooth 2.1
Battery: 4-cell 32WHr
Webcam: 1.3MP
Color: Alpine White

Dell Inspiron Mini 9: 8.9

Of course there are many different in-between configurations to suit your taste. For simple web surfing, email checking and the occasional Office document viewing, the minimum Ubuntu configuration for just $349 sounds pretty good. The 8.9″ wide TFT LCD with a pixel format of 1024 x 600 should be just about perfect for web surfing on the side. I’m not sure about the keyboard but if you don’t have gigantic hands, you should be able to get by without cramping your fingers. The LED backlight will help save battery power and the absence of Bluetooth will not only save you a few bucks but will also keep the netbook simpler and sipping a bit less battery juice. But then again…

…for just an extra $170 you can get everything (I don’t know about the white color, which is a $25 option) and not miss a beat, especially since you’ll be getting a 4x increase in storage to 16GB SSD. The integrated 1.3MP webcam is nice just in case you want to video chat with someone on-the-go and so is the Bluetooth connectivity where you can use your Bluetooth headset to chat instead of carrying around a wired headset with mic. You can get the Mini 9 with Windows XP on it, but I’m guessing it’ll slow down the netbook a bit.

And finally, you can get the Inpsiron Mini 9 for just $99 with the purchase of a Studio 15, XPS M1530 or XPS M1330, but for a limited time until September 9.

Source: Dell via engadget

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