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Default Dell mini 9 vs 10v - 06-20-2009, 08:20 PM

Hello,
I am looking to purchase a Dell mini within the next week. I am not sure which one to get. I will be putting OS X on it. The only thing that making me lean towards the 10v is the fact that it has a bigger hard drive.
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Default 06-20-2009, 09:23 PM

Have both - love the 10v and will be selling the 9. The keyboard on the 10v and increased screen size rock on the 10v, without adding any appreciable weight. The 10v is a tad bit thinner, but obviously a bit wider and deeper. The slightly reduced resolution on the 10v hasn't been a problem for me, and you can always set the taskbar to autohide (I run Win7 on both).

Adding components to the 10v is not for the faint of heart. Anguish's video guide to the RAM upgrade is fantastic (thanks Anguish, by the way!) - look for his "sticky" post in the Mini 10 forum.

Finally, while I plan to add a RunCore SSD soon, having a 120GB drive on the 10v is really nice. I was able to drop about 20GB of MP3s on it, which isn't possible with the stock Mini 9 SSDs. Performance with the HD is as expected and the 10v is almost silent even during drive access.

Hope this helps.


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Default 06-20-2009, 09:36 PM

Forgot to mention - while I may be in the minority on this, I also prefer the touchpad on the 10v to the 9. The proportions of the pad are very close to that of the screen, so I find it easier to use than the 9, particularly in the dark. The 9 touchpad is mostly square. Also, on the 10v it's a separate component rather than being molded into palm rest, which I also prefer. Finally, I like the buttons built into the pad rather than the separate buttons of the 9.

However, take this all with a huge grain of salt - I actually prefer the nubby trackpoint sticks to a trackpad so what do I know


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Default 06-20-2009, 10:09 PM

Having had a 10 and a 9, I really REALLY prefer the 9. It feels much sturdier to the point that if feels as if it isnt a cheap netbook and the display is magic.
I'm a pretty big guy with big hands and have grown used to the smaller keyboad quite easily... save for the apostrophe that still evades me. hehe.
Buy the cheapest mini 9 you can from the outlet as you'll be upgrading in a short time. a 64gb SSD with a 16 or 32gb sd drive will hold almost all you want, plus you know the 9 will run almost any operating system you can throw at it.

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My experience is in the 10, not the 10v.

Thanks for pointing that out Steve.


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Default 06-20-2009, 11:08 PM

Make sure you don't confuse the 10 with the 10v. The names are confusingly similar, but the products are not.


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Default 06-21-2009, 02:47 AM

I have an A90 and the wife has a 10v. Like most I love the keyboard on the 10v more since it is much larger, but I HATE the touchpad compared to the one on my A90. I love how easily modifiable the A90 is. But the keyboard size does take some getting use to. However I had one of the Toshiba Libretto U110 and it's keys were half the size of the ones on the A90/Mini9.

But you need to see which you prefer. I like that the A90 is smaller than the 10v. No it isn't that much smaller but there is a noticeable difference. Specs are moot since they are essentially the same. I can tell you my A90 with SSD starts up and shuts down MUCH faster than the wife"s 10v with it's standard harddrive.


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Default 06-21-2009, 04:51 AM

I have a 10v, sold my 9 to get it, and am considering going back to the 9. Love the 10v keyboard, love being able to add a 320gb 7200 RPM drive, love the battery life with the 6 cell, but hate the size of the 6 cell, am not as fond of the trackpad and it is just enough bigger that it isn't as easy to sneak into my school or work bags. The mini 9 is drawing me back with the slightly smaller size, 100-percent OSX (although the 10v is 99%) and for me, aesthetically, it is more pleasing.

It is a tough choice as they both have advantages and disadvantages ... good luck with the decision.
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Default 06-21-2009, 10:02 PM

Thank you soooooo much for all of the posts! I really appreciate it. I think its going to be one of those things for me where I decide right as I'm buying it. haha I never go wrong when I do that! Thanks again
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Default 06-22-2009, 06:14 PM

Love this thread. I have a mini9 with OS X and am thinking of going with the 10v. I like all the comments but it has made it even harder to make a decision lol.
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Default 06-22-2009, 06:44 PM

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Love this thread. I have a mini9 with OS X and am thinking of going with the 10v. I like all the comments but it has made it even harder to make a decision lol.
Sounds like you might have to buy a 10v just to see. Throw your OS X on it and give it a spin for a week. I lost money when I turned the 1010 back into Dell, but I needed to know which would be better for me.

Worst you can lose is 15%.


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