I sometimes use it as a light when it's dark enough in my home, no seriously! I used to carry around my cell phone but the LED is bright enough lol!
I don't have to much of a problem with it blinding me though, yes it could be a little bit dimmer but it really isn't all to bad.
Especially in comparison to those stupid Toshiba Satellites, after I got my dell e1705 my dad decided he wanted to get a portable laptop to take to take around, anyways I'm home from college and was working on her laptop and those things are stupid whoever designed them, the LEDs are facing directly up so when you're sitting the correct way to the laptop, they.. literally blind you, and if you're epileptic.. I mean it's game over whoever designed that was clearly not thinking. They're small little lights but they're stupid powerful.
Really I don't think the one on the mini 9 is that bad, take that thing outdoors and then see how you feel about it, outdoors it's perfect because you can actually still see if it's on or not, and that.. matters.