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MacFrugal MacFrugal is offline
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Default Help me decide between a Vostro A90 & 10v - 05-14-2009, 05:29 PM

I've already ordered a 512mb/8gb Vostro A90 for $199, but now with the introduction of the 10v, I'm not sure which one to choose. For the A90, I had planned on running XP on the SSD and OS X on a small external hard drive - with the 10v, looks like I could comfortably do both on the hard drive. Also, I'm travelling a bit this summer, the smaller form factor of the A90 seems better suited for travel. I already have a 2gb memory module to put into either. Lastly, money is a consideration - so I like to do this as cheap as possible.

Here's how I view it:

All black case
Stock Bluetooth
1024 x 600 display
Small form factor
4 Cell battery

Keyboard difficult to use
8gb SSD is a little small
.3 MP webcam

Spacious keyboard
1.3 MP webcam
120gb hard drive

Crummy trackpad
1024 x 560 display
3 Cell battery (A90 has 4 cell)
6 Cell battery protrudes
$85-$115 more than the A90

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Default 05-14-2009, 06:42 PM

Edit: looks like the 10v can run OS X.

For my use, the web cam isn't all that important. I almost never use the one on my MBPro,

Of course, the price on the mini9/A90 is the sweet spot but, if you add a larger SSD, the cost is much closer to the 10v with far less storage.

Personally, I'd go with the larger kbd and std HD of a 10v if I hadn't already ordered an A90.
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Default 05-14-2009, 06:58 PM

The for OSX, the vostro has lots of definitive guides on this site to install it.

Plus any issues you may have with the 8GB SSD can be rectified later with a runcore drive, I have a 64GB one + a 16GB SDHC card for my songs.

If you go for the 10v, I'd go for the highest end option available (hd screen, etc) as nobody is really 100% sure how easy it is to upgrade yet. It's safe to say the Vostro was built for ease of upgrading.

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Default 05-14-2009, 07:05 PM

I have an A90 yet to be delivered (built). The reduced vertical resolution on the 10v would bug the heck out of me. 600 is already too short to begin with, can't imagine something less. The A90 won't be my primary pc/laptop so they kb and lack of drive space won't bother me all that much.
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Default 05-15-2009, 01:18 PM

Personally, I like the Vostro. Like others, for me the 10v killer is the display resolution. If we could get this chipset with the higher res screen, I would have ordered one immediately. Depending on your fingers, though, the 10v's larger keyboard can be a big plus. I personally don't care. Also, the 120 GB drive would allow you to load a lot of apps, which could be a huge benefit depending on how you plan to use it. And at a much cheaper cost than a 64 GB Runcore (which costs more than the Vostro itself).
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Default 05-15-2009, 05:45 PM

I'm leaning more toward keeping the Vostro. The smaller display resolution of the 10v plus the odd shaped battery makes my choice a little easier. The 10v w/ the 6 cell increases my cost by half; however, I do wonder how much the 10v will be once it's sold in the outlet.
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Default I canceled my Vostro A90 order and ordered the 10v - 05-15-2009, 11:26 PM

I was in the same boat as you, but after seeing the A90 keyboard and the mini 9 keyboard I was a little disappointed. For someone with larger hands it wasn't going to really work as well as I hoped. The slight decrease in resolution is a nit but it being more keyboard friendly is more important to me. I also like having larger storage for videos etc. I got the 6 cell battery so I think it will be good on trips etc.

It was pretty easy to RMA the 32 GB runcore and cancel the A90 order with Dell.
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Default 05-16-2009, 04:00 PM

Well, I made my decision, I'm sticking with the A9O for now.

However, I'm still intrigued by the 10v. If my suspicions are correct, the 10v will be highly hackable and once the price drops (Dell outlet, anyone?) will achieve the same cult status as the Mini 9. But as stands, at $315 for the 6-cell 10v, it seems like there are better netbook choices out there.
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Default 05-16-2009, 08:29 PM

No doubt. Vostro A90

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Default 05-16-2009, 09:32 PM

I second that. $199 deal don't come often.

I also got the $199 Mini 9 deal. They had to bump up the RAM to 1GB for me, as 1GB is now standard on all Inspiron/Vostro lines. I don't think they're carring the 512MB stick anymore.

And for your $199 A90, you get webcam and BT automatically.

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