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Default 10-12-2009, 11:54 PM

Originally Posted by Bear Hunter View Post
I thought I read somewhere that the resolution was better or something to that effect.
Resolution is 1024 x 600. 10v is 1024x576. Sometimes those 24 pixels make a difference.

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Default 10-12-2009, 11:55 PM

Originally Posted by underwhelmed View Post
Resolution is 1024 x 600. 10v is 1024x576. Sometimes those 24 pixels make a difference.
No. My 10v is 1024x600. As all new 10vs have been for many months now.

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Default 10-12-2009, 11:57 PM

Yeah, I thought the LCD was better or something. Maybe I'm wrong? I guess "resolution" was a bad choice of words. My 10v is also 1024x600

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Default thx - 10-13-2009, 08:12 AM

Thx for all the comments!
Well I am still in contact with dell support, to get a 10v with BT ordered. Why it is that hard to get a 10v with bluetooth from dell is strange.

I know that there is a BT USB adapter, but since I am willing to spend a "lot" of money on that device, it should be an internal solution.

Well I still have the chance to get the 9 with all the extras for some more bux. I had the 10 (not the v) for 2 weeks, before I sent it back 2 dell, cause I thought it's mac usable. The keyboard of the 10v/10 is nice and the mousepad is ok, even I would prefer the touchpad of the 9 (fast and easy).

What I am afraid of @ the Mini 9 is the limiting factor of upgrading of the SSD. Maybe it fits, maybe not.

All in all, I will make my decission in the next few hours, either I'll wait till xmas, or I will get the fully equipped 9.
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Default 10-13-2009, 10:45 AM

In ausi the res on the 10v is only 1024 x 576 - with no option to upgrade so I guess it all depends on the country.

I'm wrong!!!! it's now 1024 x 600 - gees I was sure it was 1024 x 576
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Default 10-15-2009, 07:20 AM

I don't understand the prices quoted for the 9 vs the 10. Here in the UK a 9 can be bought on ebay for around £160 and a 10 for around £240. I'd go for the 9 due to the lower price and its total silence.
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Default 10-17-2009, 09:57 PM

I just hacked by mini 9 today with Snow Leopard and then updated to 10.6.1 without problem. So far everything works. Love the two finger scrolling. MobileMe is running. I printed wirelessly over Bonjour to my desktop printer, which I thought was very cool. Simply added the printer in the Sys Preferences. "It just works!"

I like the smaller size. Refurbed from Dell Outlet was 220 USD plus 32 GB SSD for 90 USD from eBay. Be sure to get part #FEM32GFDL which is 80 MB/sec read and 40 MB/sec write. There is an older slower version (FEM32GHDL). So a very nice netbook for $310.

The mini 9 keyboard is hard to use, so the 10v maybe better in that respect.

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Default 10-18-2009, 04:46 AM

The resolution issue on the 10v is that the screen resolution should be 1024x576, however the newer 10v's have a resolution of 1024x600, making each of the pixels oval instead of circular. It's really a miniscule detail. I've read about it, and I can't notice it. But maybe I'm just blind. I've owned both these devices and I strongly recommend getting the 10v with a real hard drive. It's much better knowing that i have 120 gigs left rather than 1 gig left. However, if you're going to be using it as a secondary computer, it maybe better to get a 9, especially if you plan on doing a lot of traveling. The 8 cell battery makes a big difference, and is much cheaper on the 9 than the 6 cell for the 10v. The 10v's keyboard is amazing compared to the mini 9. However the 10v's trackpad is atrocious. If you don't mind carrying around a charger and a mouse, get the 10v.

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Default 10-18-2009, 06:21 AM

Mini 9 is $199 base these days, which is pretty attractive:

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Unfortunately, Dell raised the price of the US-Intl keyboard from $15 to $50 about four months ago, so consider the actual base price to be $249, since the standard US keyboard is unusable. has pretty good prices on Super Talent SSDs for Mini 9s (go through for another 5% off, and check their combo pricing -- you can get 2GB RAM and a 32G SSD for about $118 right now); tends to have pretty good prices for 2.5" SATA SSDs (which would go in a 10v), though since you can put a 5400 rpm 320g hard drive in one for under $100, it almost makes more sense to do so.

I still don't like the trackpad on the 10v, even with the improved drivers with NetBookInstaller 0.8.3... my 10v is going to my parents, and I'm keeping my Vostro A90 (although my wife may take it).

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Default 10-22-2009, 12:56 PM

Originally Posted by ewang718 View Post
I've owned both these devices and I strongly recommend getting the 10v with a real hard drive.
I have both as well and I agree. The 10v is a better choice. It's overall size isn't that much bigger than the Mini9, it has a real hard drive and a standard configuration keyboard.
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