The latest 'netbook' on the block.
...as well as two more USB ports and an SD memory card slot.
Dell today unveiled its entry in the budget ultraportable notebook market, the Inspiron Mini 9. Much like the ASUS Eee PC, the Mini 9 is designed for students, kids and just about anyone who wants a very portable unit for basic tasks. It runs Windows XP Home and is based on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N CPU.
On the inside, you also get 1GB of DDR2 RAM and a 16GB solid-state drive. Meanwhile, the outside is peppered with Ethernet, D-Sub, USB and audio ports...
Other features of the Mini 9 include a 1.3-megapixel webcam and 802.11b/g wireless networking. It will cost $599 and Dell will start shipping it on 10 September.
With a 4-cell, 32 Watt hour battery, the unit should provide adequate run-time while away from an outlet; eventually Dell will offer a 6-cell battery. The longer battery life, and also an option for a 3G module down the track (the just released version doesn't have one), will make it an even better choice for road warriors who need to stay connected.
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