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Dell's Inspiron Mini 9

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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