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Default What's the best OSX machine I could get ? - 09-28-2009, 09:08 AM

Hy,

I know this is "Dell"-mini so it seems a bit obvious what you prefer, but I though I should ask.

I plan on getting some laptop that supports OSX snow leopard and I'm not sure what to pick (I should work with netbook-installer or some other app, using a bought Snow Leopard retail disk).

The main usage of the machine will be, web browsing, email, maybe some youtube and mostly XCode programming. I especially want to be able to make iPhone apps on the new laptop and it would be great if the machine would have some VGA port so I can connect another monitor when at the office. Obviously, having the VGA port/external monitor work with OSX is required.

I'm also curious how slow would you estimate the machine is for these tasks. It won't be my main machine (I have a mbp) but I need it mostly for the low weight, low price and as a I machine I can lend to friends wanting to play with iPhone development (I'm the only mac-user in my group).

The machines I would have easy access to (as in, available in stores here) are:

* dell inspirion mini 9 (atom 230 1.6 ghz, 1GB ram, intel gma 950, 8G/16G ssd)
* dell inspirion mini 10 (not sure -- is this 10 or 10v ?). Atom 230, 1.33 or 1.6 ghz, intel gma 950 , 1gb ram, 80-160gb drive
* ideapad s10 (Atom N270, 1gb, 160gb drive, intel gma 950)
* MSI U100 (Atom N270, 1.6Ghz, 2GB ram, 160gb drive, gma 950)
* dell vostro A90 (Atom 230, 1.6ghz, 1gb ram, 8gb ssd, gma90)

So, what would you suggest ?
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Default 09-28-2009, 10:50 AM

The support for the Dell netbooks in here is really great, and the setup is really easy, thx to NBI.
I also really like that they are fanless, and therefore really quiet.

I would suggest buying a Mini 9 or 10V (not the 10 if you wana run OS X) depending on your needs.
Eg. Screensize, size of keyboard, size of device...

For me the 10V is the best one at the moment, because of the bigger keyboard.
Also the Touchpad is getting really nice now with real Multitouch-Support, thx to the new driver from meklort.


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Default 09-28-2009, 10:52 AM

How can I tell if they are selling the Mini 10v and not Mini 10 ? I think the difference is just some TV tuner ?
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Default 09-28-2009, 11:08 AM

If the model number is 1010 then it's a mini 10.
If the model number is 1011 then it's a mini 10v.


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Default 09-28-2009, 01:15 PM

Nope, the difference is not just a TV tuner.

It's a different cpu and also a different graphic chip (which is the main problem for running OS X).

Also the 10 has hdmi, while the 10v has vga out.


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Default 09-28-2009, 01:34 PM

To answer the original question... I prefer a Mini 10v


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Default 09-28-2009, 01:54 PM

I see that the Mini 10v has the same N270 CPU as the IdeaPad or MSI. So it all boils down the the 2GB that the IdeaPad has -- they seem to be about the same hardware-wise.

How hard is to add ram to the 10v ? Does it void the warranty (is it user serviceable ?).

Anyhow, generally I see that you are recommending the N270. Did anyone actually try to run XCode on these things ?
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Default 09-28-2009, 01:58 PM

It is not necessarily about the N270 (CPU)... it comes down to the GMA950 (GPU), which works nicely with OSX.


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Default 09-28-2009, 06:24 PM

Actually I've just ran some tests with XCode and the iPhone simulator isn't fully visible with a 1024x600 resolution (like all the netbooks have in the list). I would need 1024x768 to have things fit nicely.

The Dell Mini 12 seems to have 1024x800 so it would fit the bill but it has apparently GMA500. Would that work with OSX ?
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Default 09-28-2009, 06:36 PM

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The Dell Mini 12 seems to have 1024x800 so it would fit the bill but it has apparently GMA500. Would that work with OSX ?
No, Apple never shipped any hardware with GMA500, so there is no driver support.


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