Dell has been a great place to custom build a laptop or PC, and with the addition of the Dell Mini 9 and 10 inch netbooks, they have rounded out their product line.
The Dell Mini is fully configurable, and uses the latest technology to bring customers a light-weight, responsive and enjoyable netbook.
What is a netbook? How is that different from a laptop? Most laptops are desktop replacers. They have enough hard drive space, and are powerful enough to replace most desktops--with the exception of high-end video editing and gaming.
A netbook, on the other hand, is a barebones computer. It's small enough to travel with, and just has enough power to do the essentials--web browsing, and your day-to-day word processing and other office needs.
The Dell Mini weighs in at a featherweight 2 lbs. That's as light as a 3 subject notebook.
It's configurable to either Windows XP or Ubuntu, and if you have the know-how, you can dual boot to both.
One of my favorite aspects of the Mini is that it comes with a solid-state drive, and that's standard issue! A solid state drive is quieter and faster than the normal hard disc drive. The only caviat is that the technology is still in its early years--meaning, the capacity is a lot smaller. But that's OK... it's a netbook, which is made for portability.
I've been using my Mini for note-taking, web browsing and communications. The video chat works well and boot up is done in less than 20 seconds--from the time you push the power button all the way up to the Windows Desktop screen.
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a powerhouse, the Mini is not for you. But if you're looking for something to take with you on the go, for word processing, communications and web browsing, then the Mini is just the thing. $300 and up.
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