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Dell Inspiron 910 ''Mini'' Gets Official, Starts at US $349

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Dell's first netbook, the Inspiron Mini 9 also known as Inspiron 910 has finally changed its status to official. This small, easy-to-carry device stands for the modern people. It is perfect for web browsing, office tasks, watching videos and listening to music and even playing games on the go. With a starting weight of 2.28 lbs, the Inspiron 910 packs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 512MB DDR2 memory at 533MHz, 4GB Solid State Drive, Intel GMA 950 graphics and a 8.9-inch glossy LED display with 1024x600 resolution. Standard features include a built-in Wi-Fi and a 4-cell battery, but you can futher customize your "mini" with a 1.3MP webcam and built-in Bluetooth. Dell ships the 910 with Ubuntu 8.04 or Microsoft Windows XP Home. Two color options are available for now, Obsidian Black that's included in the price or Alpine White for an additional $25. At last, all Dell Inspiron 910 netbooks come with 1 year warranty. You can purchase one right now directly from Dell. The starting price is $349 with Ubuntu, and $399 if you want Windows XP Home.

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Fail on GLOSSY screen. This is very non-professional, as in NOT what people want for productivity laptops. Laptop screens must not create reflections of office lights, windows, etc.

Other than that issue, it looks like a nice device, small, easy to transport (to meetings, on the road, etc.)

$500 once you add a reasonable amount of memory and HDD. (16GB SSD). I think that's a fair deal.
 
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Fail on GLOSSY screen. This is very non-professional, as in NOT what people want for productivity laptops. Laptop screens must not create reflections of office lights, windows, etc.
I have a feeling this will be something you'll see people using out of the office.

For 350 bucks, it definitely would be something great to have (if you don't mind working with Ubuntu.) I mean, people spend that much on phones when it comes to business. I can see someone using this to touch up a presentation right before a meeting, or ironing out some last minute bugs and recompiling some software before delivery...
 
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Fail on GLOSSY screen. This is very non-professional, as in NOT what people want for productivity laptops.
This is NOT a productivity laptop. :p

For 350 bucks, it definitely would be something great to have (if you don't mind working with Ubuntu.)
"If you don't mind working with Ubuntu" -- what the hell is that supposed to mean? :laugh: I've used Ubuntu for years, and really haven't missed Windows all that much. Windows is fine and all if you need it, but it sure is nice to get Ubuntu for free -- and by the way, Dell did a really cool thing here by not charging the same price (or more) for Ubuntu.

I guarantee most users won't really care. Firefox works perfectly on Ubuntu, and that's all you really need for a netbook. :p
 
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Hmm...I still can't seem to find a decent pic of the keyboard layout (I'm aware of the blurry prototype pics, but I'm talking about this production version). :(
 
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Hmm...I still can't seem to find a decent pic of the keyboard layout (I'm aware of the blurry prototype pics, but I'm talking about this production version). :(
That's because it stinks, and they're trying to hide it. :laugh: The quote key is in a particularly weird place. I could probably get used to it, but it'd take quite some time.
 
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It looks nice :). Any word on the battery time?
 
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Agreed - the purpose of the device is irrelevant...

Glossy screens are awful - for any reason , at any time. It's a cheap trick to make the color & vibrancy "appear" better in a showroom (or to potentially compensate for what is actually an inferior screen) but it IS a trick - one that renders the display very unpleasant to use in real life - a stunt one would have thought was beneath Dell...

That said - for that price, I still think its a great deal - gloss @ 1024X600 beats 800X460 any day of the week.
 
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That's because it stinks, and they're trying to hide it. :laugh: The quote key is in a particularly weird place. I could probably get used to it, but it'd take quite some time.
Indeed. That's the only thing that kills it for me. Now that Asus is planning on revealing a higher-end (possibly with dedicated graphics!) netbook soon (N10), I think I'll wait for that before deciding. It's definitely going to be an Asus though...Dell screwed it up with their awkward keyboard. :mad: