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Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: Cannot decide between the Mini 9 vs. the Mini 12 - 03-19-2009, 05:47 PM
I wish that there were still Dell retail stores where I could walk in and actually put my hands on one, I'm a little funny about how keyboards feel.
The charges for broadband service aren't a problem, I expected that. Will I need a modem of some type? I'm just getting into the mobile Internet thing, so I'm not exactly sure of what equipment I'm going to need. I'm not buying it from Dell, though - prices are always overinflated when you purchase a 'package deal', in my experience.
Good to know about the SSD. I like the idea of no moving parts in it, means that I don't have to worry about it overheating on my lap or exploding in my purse, etc.
I do have another question, though - could someone (or someones) tell me how well Ubuntu vs. XP works for them on the Minis? I really like the idea of Ubuntu but I have no Linux experience other than a cursory knowledge of it, and while I know XP well... I'd really rather not load up the limited space I'll have with bloatware, as MS products tend to be/have.
If Ubuntu is easy to learn (and I'm fairly well versed in computers in general), I'd much prefer it over XP.
Thanks in advance, again.
Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: Cannot decide between the Mini 9 vs. the Mini 12 - 03-19-2009, 06:04 PM
I chose the Mini9 because of the upgradability, and for the hackintoshing aspects of it. If you're looking for utility for XP or a Linux flavor, I think the choice is less clear. The Mini9 is a neat package... I'm happy with the trackpad and its buttons, and the display is excellent overall. The keyboard is cramped, and has a few quirky key locations that take some getting used to, but I've been using it more than my bigger notebook in non-working hours since I got it.
With the Mini10, you get a larger/faster hard drive than the Mini12, and a keyboard that's bigger than the Mini9, but apparently the trackpad with integrated buttons takes some getting used to. You're also giving up 24 lines of resolution but getting a bigger display... 1024x576 to the 9's 1024x600. The 12 wins the resolution match at 1280x800, but you're saddled with a slower/smaller hard drive compared to the 10.
If you have no interest in the hackintosh thing or in upgrading the machine, I'd say a 12 or 10 is going to be better if you're picky about keyboards. For EITHER of them I think the 1.6ghz processor is a must. For overall performance, I'd expect the 10 to win with its faster SATA hard drive, but if you're wanting to view HD content on-screen, the 12 has better resolution. One thing you do give up (for now) with the 10 is that its run time is a bit shorter... I think it runs around 2.5 hours in tests, where the 9 runs over 4 hours on a charge. Hopefully an upgraded battery will come available for the 10.
For mobile broadband, if you think you'll need it, consider who your cell phone provider is and what kind of service they offer. If you have AT&T and they have good service where you are, it's convenient to go with the Dell-installed WWAN card and get built-in, always-with-you convenience. If you use Sprint or Verizon or T-mobile, you might want to go with a USB external WWAN device from your provider. You'll probably be able to get a better deal on a multi-line plan with your current provider than a standalone deal from AT&T. Functionally it'll be the same thing, you'll just have to plug in the USB device when you want to use your mobile broadband.
When there are lots of options, choices are complicated.
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New Hampshire
Re: Cannot decide between the Mini 9 vs. the Mini 12 - 03-19-2009, 06:35 PM
Both the 9 and 12 come with WiFi and an Ethernet port. You don't need a modem. There is a "WWAN" option providing internet connectivity through the cellphone network. This costs extra not only for the adapter card but for the monthly service. You may not need it if WiFi is available where you'll be using the Mini.
The SSD does not mean that the device does not get warm - it does. You would not want to have it running inside a closed container, but in sleep mode it would be fine.
Mini 9|2GB RAM|64GB RunCore|Intel 5300|Windows 10
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: Cannot decide between the Mini 9 vs. the Mini 12 - 03-21-2009, 02:35 AM
Thanks to the responses that I've gotten here, as well as reading in the forums, I've made my decision and I've purchased a Mini 9 for now. What I'll do is take it out of the box and run my fingers over the keyboard a bit before I even turn it on - if I feel that it won't work for me, I'll ship it back and buy a Mini 12 instead, but I think that the 9 will work for my purposes.
I'm really looking forward to getting it. It's a good thing I ordered it, too... the ship date is April 20th!!!! :shock:
They must be getting really popular now!
I'll be back here for advice on upgrading it, believe me.
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tucson Arizona
Re: Cannot decide between the Mini 9 vs. the Mini 12 - 03-21-2009, 10:24 AM
I have been following and I think you made a good decision. I pondered the reason I wanted the 9 vs the 12 and the biggest reason was size. I have a MacBook and I wanted a smaller one for more portability. Since the MacBook is 13.3. I figured the 12 was too close to the MacBook and the 9 was justifiably just right.
I was right.
Today I recieved a call from my Mom 3000 miles away, She said that the wireless on her laptop had stopped working. I pulled the 9 out and leaned it against the steering wheel and with LogMeIn and her Ethernet connection, within a few minutes I had her wireless working.
Because of the purchase of the 8 cell battery on eBay I had 7 hours a nd 45 minutes of battery life left (or 94% depending on how you look at it) Mine is an OS X and at the end of the day after the 9 hours it had spent the day sleeping, I opened it up to immediate access to the internet with 89% battery life left. Sure, I could have done it withe the MacBook but it was so much less cumbersome.
I love my Mini 9.
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