I'm currently the proud owner of a Mini 9 hackintosh. I did bit the bullet and purchased towards the beginning of the year and have been quite happy with it, with the exception of the cramped keyboard. Ok; I wish the screen were 768px tall too, but all told, it's been a great value for me. My Mini 9 has the Dell 32gb SSD
and I upgraded the RAM to 2gb myself.
At this point, I'm considering doing the following:
- Buying a stock Mini 10v from Dell (Outlet or Employee Purchase) with XP and the 160GB HD for around $320 w/ tax+shipping if not less
- Removing the 32gb SSD and 2gb RAM from my Mini 9 and transplanting them into the new 10v. Hackintosh the 10v.
- Putting the stock 160gb HD and 1gb RAM that came with the 10v into the old Mini 9.
- Sell the Mini 9 on eBay or Craigslist
- Profit! (ok, not quite)
As I see it, the 10v gets me a slightly larger screen and a 92% keyboard compared to my Mini 9. Since the 9 has remained so popular, I stand to be able to sell it in the above configuration for at least $250 on eBay, if not more. All told, this seems almost too good to be true, so I turn to you, oh wise ones, with the following two points:
- Is the jump from the Mini 9 to the 10v worth $75 or thereabouts? Is it worthwhile at all? If I find the Mini 9 keyboard cramped, will going to the 10v be much of an improvement? For those of you who've owned both: what are your opinions?
- Am I missing something splat obvious here? As far as I can tell, the RAM and SSD/HD from the Mini 9 and the 10v are interchangeable, right? (I know the 10v is a royal pain to disassemble, but assuming I'm up to it...) Any reason selling the Mini 9 with the RAM and HD from the 10v isn't going to fly?
Mostly, I'm curious whether this is really all worth it: just how much better is the 10v from what I've currently got?
Thank you very much, --zach