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Default HP mini vs. Dell mini - 03-26-2009, 08:02 PM

I currently have a Mini 9 but I'm starting to see a few HP minis around. I looked at the specs online & they seem very similar.

Is there enough of a difference between the two to allow people to say one brand is better than the other?
Since the specs seem very similar, can the HP be turned into a OS X unit?
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Default Re: HP mini vs. Dell mini - 03-26-2009, 08:04 PM

The dell is better for OSX. The HP has a much better keyboard, but it is more expensive.
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Default Re: HP mini vs. Dell mini - 03-26-2009, 08:07 PM ... patib.html

list of netbooks and their compatibility with os x.

as you can see, mini 9 has all things working right off the bat

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Default Re: HP mini vs. Dell mini - 03-26-2009, 08:11 PM

I've been told the HP battery life isn't nearly as good as the Dell.

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Default Re: HP mini vs. Dell mini - 03-26-2009, 08:25 PM

I have used both so I will try and just list Pros of each one

Looks (I think its a bit sexier)
Keyboard (Best keyboard on netbooks...for now)
Thinner (I think)

OSX!! (This is a huge plus, works almost flawless)
Screen (While it is smaller I find it to be better)
Size (It might not be as thin but its a smaller wide form)
Battery (I have read the Mini9 battery runs a little better)
Upgradability (You can swap/change all kinds of things on the Dell)
Cost (Wait long, look hard and get yourself a Mini9 for sub-$200)

I am sure there are other Pros/Cons for each but that is just my simple observation. I think both are great but I enjoy the smaller width of the Mini9 and its flawless OSX ability. With the proper skins you can make it look pretty and remapping keys helps with the keyboard

I am slightly partial to the mini9 now so take that into account, lol
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Default Re: HP mini vs. Dell mini - 03-26-2009, 09:07 PM

1. Price of $188.33 delivered is really hard to beat.
2. This is opinion but it feels like a rock solid piece of hardware.
3. Easy to upgrade. Thought I would add $20 & get 2 GB of RAM but so far I don't seem to need it.
4. Ubuntu. I wanted to try it out & am really impressed with it. I am very much a noob so you may not like it & want to stay with Windows.
5. It has a SSD for a fast boot.
6. 3+ hours on the battery but I have not had it on much beyond 3 hours.

In all honesty though, if I had a HP I would probably be happy with it too.

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Default Re: HP mini vs. Dell mini - 03-27-2009, 03:17 AM

The HP looks nice, but you just cant beat the DELL mini 9 at around or below $200.
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Default Re: HP mini vs. Dell mini - 03-27-2009, 03:30 AM

I tried an HP, and while the keyboard is far nicer, the ease in which I turned the Dell into an OS X machine makes the dell a winner. Even when getting the HP running X, it isn't nearly as compatible and too many things don't work.
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Default Re: HP mini vs. Dell mini - 03-27-2009, 04:38 AM

i tested both the HP and DELL but i ended up buying the mini 9. I wish I could of bought the HP though due to the size of the keyboards and similarities..
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Default Re: HP mini vs. Dell mini - 03-27-2009, 12:35 PM

i have the 10.2 inch screen, 60GB HDD version of the HP Mini, as well as a plethora of Dell Mini 9's
i bought the Dell's for my family members, and one for myself to Hackintosh.

HP pros and cons over the Dell
larger screen, same resolution (for 10.2 anyway)
shield over entire screen and bezel, makes cleaning easy!
HDD version, more responsive under XP
larger keyboard, typing is very easy on this compared to dell, which i'm always making mistakes on
HP extended battery - it WORKS
it is thinner, and wider, but the depth is almost the same as the dell mini - basically a wash on volume.
no builtin VGA connector
unified microphone/headphone jack (only a problem if you use a mic)
webcam needs to be modified for many users
shorter stock battery life (HP has 3 cell, Dell 4 cell)
only 2 USB ports available instead of 3 (not that i use more than 2 myself)
build quality is variable - some people have problems with keyboard keys contacting screen, and speaker bezel fit poor. mine is fine though

that's the major non-software stuff.
the HP is a little more expensive, but you don't have to upgrade the drive right out of the chute for the HDD version.

oops, one other thing: the HP has a Fan. and it does make a noticeable difference in quiet surroundings.

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