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Join Date: Oct 2008
Re: So why did you pick a mini over the competition - 12-03-2008, 08:40 AM
looked around and almost picked the acer aspire one because of the options for other colors, but just couldn't quite get it with winxp and 16gb ssd configuration. i guess i could have installed winxp later, but didn't want to bother with hunting drivers and possible problems and dealing with tech support and being told it didn't come in that configuration... etc.
my fiance has the lenovo s10 because she needs the hard drive space (160gb). that's very nice and the build exterior, the design, just a truly well-built netbook. unfortunately, it doesn't have an ssd option for the hard drive. now that we have more experience, the touchpad clicker on the lenovo s10 just plain sucks. hard to press down and noisy, not like dell touchpad clicker that is soft and quiet. the charger for the lenovo s10 feels as heavy as the s10 itself. long thick cables, one with the brick, not like the dell mini 9 with just a brick at the end of a thin cable. very easy to carry around (if needed).
hard drive space? no problem... bought a passport 320gb external usb drive (powered by the same usb cable). dell mini 9 still has 5.3gb of available disk space and all of my apps are already installed. 3gb of paging swap file on the ssd.
asus was not an option from a bad experience testing the old asus eeepc. glad i didn't buy that piece of junk.
my notebook: dell inspiron 11z - 11.6" display | intel core i3 330um | 6gb ddr3 ram | 80gb Intel ssd | Linux Mint 12 OS - Cinnamon 1.4 [Virtual Machine - WinXP SP3]
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Paris, France
Re: So why did you pick a mini over the competition - 12-03-2008, 01:30 PM
I wanted a Mac Netbook Apple didn't come through, so I bought the most Mac OS X compatible netbook I could find. This is the first non-Apple computer I have ever bought (and I have bought a lot, been using and buying macs since the SE/30). Apple has really missed the boat on this one because I would have paid double for an apple in the same form factor. I would have preferred the Gigabyte M912 convertible tablet style, but there were quite a bit of problems getting it to work with OS X.
Join Date: Oct 2008
Re: So why did you pick a mini over the competition - 12-03-2008, 08:12 PM
I suspected this was the PC for me when pictures were leaked in the spring. I have owned and worked with Dell laptops for years and the mini 9 was the right size, weight and design. I really care about the touchpad-and Dell's is done right. I wanted the SSD and the crisp bright backlit LED. I wanted the silent operation. I liked the AC adapter being smaller. I bought the Mini9 within minutes of it being available and it arrived 2 weeks later in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, before our electricity was restored. No matter, I charged it quickly using the 110 outlet in my hybrid Ford Escape. It gave me an excuse to sit in the car with air conditioner running when the heat was unbearable.
I haven't like a gadget this much since my first ipod.
The fact that it was perfect as shipped was no reason to forgo upgrades. I added 2GB RAM and I've ordered the 64GB RunCore SSD. More is better.
The competitors have their charms, but every one so far is lacking at least one attribute. Sure wish the cherry red had been available from Day One. I wanted red, but I ordered a sticker from Decalgirl which looks gorgeous. Just as glossy as the mini and about the same price as adding the red color to mini today
Join Date: Dec 2008
Re: So why did you pick a mini over the competition - 12-05-2008, 03:11 PM
It's awsomeness factor.
I've had nothing but good expereinces with dell laptops in the past.
No moving parts and decent specs
and did i mention it's awsomeness?
Join Date: Nov 2008
Re: So why did you pick a mini over the competition - 12-05-2008, 04:55 PM
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