Dell calls it the â€œIdeal Internet Buddy for Surfing, Shopping and Chattingâ€ (and â€œYour New Best Friendâ€, and a â€œLight, Highly Mobile Device Built For Easy Online Browsing and Entertainmentâ€ and an â€œInternet Companionâ€ and a â€œSmall, easy-to-carry deviceâ€ thatâ€™s ready for â€œteens, tweens, travelers and Tweetersâ€, so I guess even Dell canâ€™t figure out what this thing does or who itâ€™s for), but if youâ€™re in the market for a mini-notebook (or as many are calling them, a netbook) thatâ€™s perfect for on-the-go travel and/or anyone who doesnâ€™t need a full, desktop capable computer sitting on their lap at all times, then you might just call it yours.
Weighing in at just 2.28 lbs., and with a price of just $349 (in Ubuntu flavor), the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is designed to be the perfect computer for â€œsurfing the Web, chatting with friends, blogging, streaming content, uploading photos or enjoying favorite online videos, music and gamesâ€.
Itâ€™s also meant to be a durable computer that you can toss in a bag and not worry too much about, with a fully sealed keyboard, and solid state drive (SSD) memory storage.
The 8.9-inch LCD gives you plenty of room for full-sized web browsing, and built-in Wi-Fi means you can connect to any hotspot for instant Internet access.
Options include a built-in webcam for video chat, Bluetooth for wireless connections, and even Windows XP for full software support.
Nifty touches include a free subscription to Box.net for 2GB of online storage, and a full range of colors in the coming months.
The Inspiron Mini 9 is definitely not for everyone, but with the success that Acer has been having with their EeePC netbooks, combined with Dellâ€™s name brand and reliability, I think the Mini 9 is going to open up the world of netbook computing to a whole new audience thatâ€™s ready to embrace the change.