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Dell Mini 9 First Day Impressions

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Well today was quite the day. Resistance 2 was delivered and so was Gears of War 2. However, this post isn’t about either of those games. It’s about the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 which I’ve ordered those many weeks ago. It is finally here and here are some thoughts on it.

The model I purchased was the Linux version with 512 MB of RAM. It’s not that I was cheap, but because I am going to be stuffing this little thing with 2 GB of RAM. I also opted for the 16 GB SSD storage. I am not going to get into the nitty gritty details, but with this configuration and the Ubuntu Linux distribution: it is fairly snappy. I was pleasantly surprised.

So how are the physical attributes of this little device? Overall? Fantastic. The screen is nice and crisp and the touch pad is wonderfully sensitive. The one aspect which surprises me the most is the build quality. It feels incredibly sturdy for something so incredibly small.

Then what are the faults? So far, the only thing is the position of the apostrophe/double quotation key. It is where the right Windows key would have been. I guess you will see me use fewer contractions when I am on this thing. Other than that, the keyboard works fine. Full size keys for the win.

That should be enough for now. I should have Vista on this thing by the end of the weekend. I will have my 2 GB stick on Wednesday.

  1. Robocrotch
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    You should bring it to work some day…

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