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Notebooks Dell Inspiron Mini 9

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by 500mph, 6 Sep 2008.

  1. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    Any chance of a review and tear down?
    I just bought one for $90 and would like to know the possibilities of modding this laptop.
    It seems like a decent system, with an Atom processor, 512mb/1g of ram, 1.3mp webcam, 4/8/16gb ssd, and your choice of ubuntu or home edition.
     
  2. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    :jawdrop: $90!!! F**K thats cheap!
     
  3. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    it's normally $399, but it's only $90 when you buy another laptop, in my case a Dell Studio 15"
     
  4. Jasio

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    Yeah I read about this deal online... if you go for this "package" Dell actually inflates the cost of the laptop by ~$200-300 to absorb the price of the Mini 9.

    Article: http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/05/doing-the-math-on-that-99-inspiron-mini-deal/

    Key Excerpt: "Dell's charging close to full price for the large machine in order to absorb the cost of the Mini -- so while a $1,259 Studio 15 with a 1.86GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, a 250GB drive, and a 3 year warranty goes for $699 on Dell's fall deals page, it's $1098 with a Mini. Hey, the difference is just about the Mini 9's $349 list price, isn't it? Same story with the other Studio 15 and XPS M1330 / M1530 configurations that apply for the $99 Mini deal -- you can find cheaper deals, but they're all about $300 - $400 less than the CTO price, so adding in a Mini 9 essentially washes out."
     
  5. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    I figured that too. But a few days before this offer was available I had assembled a Studio 15" for he same price, and when i went to add the Mini 9, I just subtracted the $150 resolution/screen upgrade and got the $90 Mini 9.

    Also, here is a guide to taking it apart http://www.hackaday.com/2008/09/06/dell-shows-you-how-to-mod-your-new-mini-9/
     
  6. Burnout21

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    what you got planned for your mini 9 then?
     
  7. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    I know for at least now that I am upgrading the ram and figuring out an easy swap for the hdd's. I'm also looking into a touchscreen and a Wireless N card.
     
  8. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    Woohoo! I got it today.
    That little thing is tiny, yet bulky.
    After having a look around the intertubes, I have decided I will add a 32gb hdd, gps, and maybe install OSX on it to see how it goes.
    The keyboard on it is rather nice, I like it more than the g/f's fathers eee900. There seems to be plenty of space inside, and I think I will mount a 4port usb hub where the WWAN slot is supposed to be, and tie it into the usb channels on the mini pci-e.
    Here's my inspiration:
    http://mydellmini.com/forum/integrated-gps-on-my-mini-9-t167.html
    http://uneasysilence.com/archive/2008/10/13519/#comment-639526
    And I will add a touchscreen after I add the usb hub
    Found a touchscreen.here, ebay
     
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