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Dell Netbook Reviews The newest in well-liked peripherals is the pocket PC, or notebook as it's commonly known as. No much more lugging around hefty laptop, netbooks are the compromise between tiny PDA screens and massive power-hungry conventional laptops. A number of manufacturers are now producing their version of the netbook, such as Asus, HP and Dell. Dell introduced the Mini 9 a couple of years ago, and has since replaced it with a Mini 10, but the Mini 9 remains a bestseller within the netbook market. Once you understand the power Dell has built into this machine, its simple to comprehend why the Mini 9 is so well-liked.

The Mini 9 comes equipped with a much more than adequate 1.6 GHz Intel Processor, 1 GB of DDR, 8 GB internal memory along with a built-in wireless 802.11 g card. You've your option of operating systems, either Windows XP House Edition or Ubuntu, a Window-esque version of Linux. Although I'm a fan of Linux, I'd suggest sticking with XP, as Linux has a steep learning curve that will trigger lots of frustration. You are able to usually switch to Linux anyway, since its accessible on-line as an open source, totally free program. The RAM the Mini 9 comes with makes it a fairly quick machine, but you are able to effortlessly add RAM by opening the RAM cover on the back and adding an additional GB. The only reason this configuration is not directly provided by Dell is simply because Microsoft locations RAM limits on machines that come with Windows. Dell also chose to maintain that RAM limit on its Mini 9 with Ubuntu, even though I'm not certain why. The tough drive, with just 8GB of space, is fairly limited. If you're concerned that you'll run out of space although on the run, I suggest you invest in a portable external tough drive or a number of small flashdrives. Maintain in mind that Windows is really a resource hog and will take up a fair quantity of drive space. You'll still have sufficient to load your music, surf the net, and write papers, but beyond that, make certain you carry additional space. The keyboard on the Mini 9 appears to be the most frequently mentioned gripe about this machine. It's a 95% version of a full size laptop keyboard, which was already a bit little. In the event you have big fingers or any issues with dexterity, think about a Mini 10 or attach an external keyboard. Full size portable keyboards are accessible on-line and also at local office stores.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with dell netbook , do not mistake this for a full size pc with all of the amenities. Instead, it's a compact version with no DVD or CD drive along with a tiny touchpad rather than a mouse. In the event you travel a great deal or invest lots of time hauling your laptop to a local cafĂƒÂŠ' or bookstore to pull a totally free wireless signal for a couple of hours, the netbook is for you. If you're a laptop buyers searching for a portable version of the desktop or conventional laptop, the Mini 9 is not for you. Despite this, it's a fun small portable that's backed by Dell's fantastic reputation for high quality.


The tough drive, with just 8GB of space, is fairly limited. If you're concerned that you'll run out of space although on the run, I suggest...