I'm looking to get a Dell Mini for taking notes in lectures. I like the idea of a smaller laptop because it would take up less room on the postage stamp sized desks at college, it'll be easy to keep on the lab bench to take notes during lab/research, with a solid state drive, it's quiet and lets face it- small is cute (^_^)
I had ordered a Mini 9 1G RAM, 8GB SSD
from Dell on the 7th, but it was delayed shipping and I canceled the order. A month to ship seems a bit long to me... I noticed there are quite a few barely used models on eBay- it seems people buy them and don't like the size of the keyboard etc... and sell them at quite a loss in many cases. One I'm looking at hasn't even been registered yet. I plan to buy a barebones model (from a seller with lots of good feedback, of course) and upgrade it to 2G RAM and 32GB SSD
with WindowsXP pro. I'll probably buy a external CD drive as well to make the installs easier, they seem very reasonable if purchased from any place other than dell. I may wait to see how the Dell Mini 10's look. Still, at this point I think the increase in price isn't justified for my needs. After searching around eBay it seems I can get a barebones Dell Mini for ~200$, 2GB ram for 30$ and 32GB SSD
for 120$. If the basic Mini 10 is 399, a model I'd want would likely be 500$ or more. I love that it comes in spring green though, but I can buy custom skins for 30$- I need one with DNA on it LOL
So to the questions... those of you that do a lot of writing on the Mini 9- how do you like it? Students out there, do you find the Mini 9 sufficient for note taking etc..? I have a desktop that I plan to use for most of my writing at home.
I plan to install MS Office 2007 - particularly for OneNote, Word and Excel, though I anticipate using Powerpoint occasionally. How does OneNote look on a small screen, does it seems scrunched or annoyingly small? Is 2gb peppy enough to handle office 2007? I don't plan on having a lot of programs open at once- just OneNote for lectures and maybe OneNote and Winamp open at once when I'm taking notes from textbooks.
Thanks so much for your help!