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VERY first impressions - Longtime reader, first post. - 02-21-2009, 06:46 PM
Hey MyDellMini guys!
I know this has probabbly been done before--but I figured I'd post here. I'm a somewhat tech and computer-loving guy, but not a coder--the type that uses a modded-out windows machine and all the RocketDock fun, and will boot into Linux off a pendrive from time to time, but not the RedHatter extrodiainare that I know many of the people on this blog seemingly are. I respect you guys, but I simply don't have the know-how.
So-- I figured I'd post, because I know that the Dell Mini is a computer that is seemingly making a lot of people like me buy their first netbooks. I bought this thing because it was cheap and it;s something I can play around with-- either with Windows 7, Mac OS X or Linux. With that said, I'm not a coder... so-- we'll see how this goes--but I thought I;d do a bit of a walkthrough of some first impressions.
I'm a longtime reader of this forum-- ever since I saw one of these minis in the library and asked the guy using it what it was. After loooking them up on Google and finding out that Mac 10.5 would run on these things (something I;ve always wanted to toy around with), I saved some cash and I finally bought one of these refurbished off of the Dell Outlet store for a mere 270 bucks. 16 gig SSD, 1 GB ram, no webcam. I completley reccomend this outlet stor for anyone that;s considering buying one of these, so-- to all the people that were like me, reading this forum for months before buying a mini, go check out http://www.dell.com/outlet just check it once a day-- the prices fluctuate. I saw a 16 GB ssd with seemingly the same specs as this one for 430 today... so again, just keep checking.
And, now-- well, some VERY first imperssions of the mini.
This thing came today-- I've had it running for about 20 minutes.
FIRST-- I love this thing and I know my inability to type on it perfectly is simply that I haven't adjusted to it yet--but... (well, I guess to most usefully show how often one finds oneself hitting the backspace button after using this computer for only a few minutes, the next section will be posted simply at normal typing speed. I'm a touch typist on a Dell D820 at least)--I;ve been trying to tpe this post for the last twenty minu'''tes, the first thing Im going to write aboiut is how fRUSTRTAING the kuyeboard is to learn how to use. I
m sure I
ll get this down after a few more days of praceitce, but for the time being well... ****, the DELETE key is where the minus key shioukld be for using --asides-- like that. Also, an dI knoWWW this has been reviewed before, but that damn quiatuation key " is REALLY akwarddlty placed. So yes -- all touch typers-- expect a BIT of frustrating when you first start playing with this thing.
I didn;t buy this to take notes, so I don;t think it will bother me too much, but for you bloogers that boiught this thing to specifalclyl blong on--- just know that yiou
re not going to get it, open it out of the box, and be 100% compforatable witht he keyboard. SO--super frustrating for the first few hours, I imagine it will be. This again, is simply a note. The benefits of this ciomoputer totally outweigh the weird keyboard, but
Yuoget the picture.
Also, this, of coruse, can be corrected by remapping the keys--which is something I am most defiintely going to do in the VERY near future.
Note to self is to remabpt the DELETE key to the -- key and the ;;;; key to the ' key. I;ll redo that later in the day and repost to see if it totally helps a LOT more. Again... this placement is just kinda silly-- do people use the DEL key more than the minus key? Maybe they do... just a thoiught... but the semicolon key in polace of the qutation key... ioh well-- Il;ll remap and repost.
''Niow, back to hitting the backstace button a lot to write cleanly:
') IT;s SOO SMALL! Amazingly light too. GREAT dimensions for a netbook--it seems. Can fit very easily into that
"smaller" compartment in most backpacks. This is my first netbook and the size is amazing. Very compact, and, unlike some of the EEE machines and the Asus machines (wait, are those the same thing?) the dell looks and feels a LOT less flimsy. Feels quite solid. Less plastic, more metal, it seems, so the smallness looks COMPACT, but doesn't feel cheap or toy-like.
2) The screen: Amazingly clear and crisp. Those who have laptops with the glassy/shiny screens might be less imperssed, but those like me that like tinkering with toys (my Latitude is 2 years old, not bad/outdated by any stanards, but this fun Mini trumps the D820's display any day. This might be just bcause it's glossy, but again, to a tinkerer--looks great.
3) IT'S SILENT. This is amazing. AMAZINGLY silent.
4) Touchpad can do that classic "scrolly thing" where you push your finger down the right side of the keyboard and wepages scroll. Also works left and right. I;m deciding if I want to install mac OS X on it-- so i wanted to know if it could do that classic "two finger scroll" thing-- I knew my latitude couldn't, So-- anyhoo, this might not be impressive to you other guys, but this was a verty nice discovery for me. A few sites I've been to have requierd a bit of scrolling due to the resoultion of the mini, and so this touchpad thing has been great for me.
5) Resolution is crisp. Going to try upping the resolution as posted xp-resolution-fix-here%C7%83%C7%83-t759.html
6) XP takes up too much space for this resolution. very quickly changed from the XP style of windows (with that HUGE orange X to close windows) to the traditional "this looks like windows 98" theme, which makes viewing wepages much easier. Also installed Firefox and removed the bookmarks tab, to give more vertical space on pages.
THis is a great machine, so far. I'm loiving learning it and it's going to be a great toy. If any other tinkerers like me have any advice, I'd love to hear it. I simply don't quite understand a lot of coding, so if I try to install Mac on this I'll make a posting about that too, for all the people like me that are scared even when they're told to type "-f in terminal", Ahh! I know "sudo" means something powerful, but that's scary! So-- yeah, I;ll do some layman walkthrus if I can get this thing customized in some cool way.
I'm juyst a guy that likes to tinker but doesnt know how to code.... I guess I'm posting for other people like me... so I applogize in advance to the coder guys who think this post doesn't belong here. sorry men.
Oh--and does this thread belong someplace better? I can move it. My applogies if it's mislocated.
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Re: VERY first impressions - Longtime reader, first post. - 02-22-2009, 07:22 AM
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