Dell Mini 9 $240 (Base model with 8gb SSD
, bluetooth, and Ubuntu)
RunCore 32gb $123
OS X 10.5.6 DVD $95 (Could have gotten this for free via friend but decided to buy off eBay)
Apple Airport Extreme Wireless N card $49
Kingston HyperX 2gb RAM $26
Sandisk Extreme III SDHC 8gb (3 cards) $112-90 rebate = $22 (~$7 per card)
Sandisk Extreme Contour 16gb Flash Drive $46
3mm Ultra Bright Blue LED (HD light) $5
Mini PCIe adaptor parts (SDHC internal OS boot mod) $20
77wh 8 Cell Battery $68 plus $12 return shipping due to DOA battery (RMA cost)
Grand Total: $706 (including rebate) or $796 (without taking rebate into consideration)
So I have 64gb of storage with my 32gb RunCore SSD
, 8gb SDHC (internal mod), 8gb SDHC (internal dell card reader), and 16gb flash drive if all connected at same time. Right now I am running OS X with only 8gb used. Will set up dual boot with Win7 sometime later this week. I will say my Mini 9 flies. It is much faster than my Lenovo X 61 laptop I have from work with Vista on it. Boots up in around 20-25 secs and shutdown is around 3-5 secs. Internet flies, but wireless n card greatly increases the heat of the unit. Will probably put down another $20 to get a laptop cooler later on.
When I registered my Mini 9 through Apple, I got an email confirming the registration of my new "Mac Air Book."
Ouch! Didn't realize the total cost until I added it up. Ah man, lol. My selling point to my wife originally was that the Mini 9 was only $199. Then I told her I was going to upgrade, but limit myself to a total price of $350-$400. I hope she doesn't find out or she will literally kill me. :lol:
P.S. It was all worth, even if the wife kills me. $700 for a ultra portable MacBook is pretty good imo. Plus with the new 8 cell battery I can use the Mini 9 all day without worrying about recharging.