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Default Re: Mini 9 good for school? - 11-15-2008, 11:02 PM

im a college student with a desktop also. i wanted a laptop to use during and inbetween classes, so i got this because it was only 440dollars. i now use my mini much more than my desktop when it comes to surfing the internet. Office was put on there also, but i only use it for the little things. i do go back to my desktop when downloading large files, typing multiple page papers, and burning dvds. i think its a great companion to have for the portability reasons. i also, use this to hook up to my Tv via VGA to watch movies (from the SD card) since it is convenient.
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Default Re: Mini 9 good for school? - 11-16-2008, 01:40 AM

I am in University and have a 15.1" Inspiron laptop as my "desktop" and I use the mini9 whenever I am on campus. I find it perfect for browsing the internet, looking at class powerpoint presentations, and taking OneNote notes during classes.

It took me 3 days to get used to the keyboard, but its light weight, portability, and silence is amazing for classes and library studying.

I found bringing my 15" around to classes to be cumbersome, and very distracting as it is much easier for my to diddle around with picutres, and youtube.

I would not write a paper on it, well I would, but anything that had heavy use of ' or ; things will be a bit of a pain, its beautiful for sitting in older lecture halls where desk space is a minimum and even a 13" laptop is cumbersome.

Plus, its a great converstaion starter :lol:
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Default Re: Mini 9 good for school? - 11-16-2008, 04:54 AM

Fix '/" use with the link in my sig.

I think that typing on this is now just as easy as any other keyboard. The real trouble is going back to my desktop to use it....
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Default Re: Mini 9 good for school? - 11-16-2008, 05:31 AM

I agree with those that have said that the MINI 9 would be perfect for school. I have a nice desktop, full size laptop, and the mini and like others I end up using my MINI A LOT more than the other pc's for the "non-powerhouse" stuff like internet browsing, instant messengers, and even some document editing. I am not in school this semester but will be going back in the spring and I think it will absolutely be nice to have this thing. Its great. I also use this thing for work a lot, I work in a casino on the computer system that controls the slot machines so the mini is perfect for travel or when I have to be out on the casino floor. overall I could not be more happy with my mini purchase!
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Default Re: Mini 9 good for school? - 11-16-2008, 06:19 AM

The Mini is GREAT for school! Instead of lugging my 17 inch laptop around the university, and notebooks( I just bring my Mini. Monday I have 3 hour long classes back to back and its battery life is fine the whole time! As for typing, I've gotten used to it for the most part, but when I switch back to my other laptop, I need to get re-acquainted with the larger keyboard. Kind of like switching from an automatic car to a manual one? I'm in a Systems Analysis class and this thing can handle Microsoft Visio just as well as my other computer. I highly recommend it for school work. Once you get used to the keyboard, you will be all set.

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Default Re: Mini 9 good for school? - 11-18-2008, 04:49 PM

I am a college student and I use this for school. I have fairly small hands and only sometimes do I have trouble typing. I primarily use my Mini for Office, chat, and internet. I take notes with my Mini in class, but since they're my personal notes I do not necessarily care if everything is typed perfectly (though most of the time it is!). All in all, I would never EVER write an entire paper using the Mini just because. I love using my Mini at school because it's so light, but I do have a much bigger laptop that I have at home and another laptop that I use specifically for work.
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Default Re: Mini 9 good for school? - 11-20-2008, 06:17 AM

Would the choice fo the HP mini 1000 be a better decision for school? Pros-bigger keyboard and screen...Cons-bad Battery, Wierd ports... I cannot decide either...
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Default Re: Mini 9 good for school? - 11-20-2008, 11:47 AM

Yeah it's all comes down to how much typing you are going to do on this thing.

Depends how much note-taking you are doing. If it's short paragraphs at a time where you don't have to worry about spelling, then I definitely recommend the Mini9. If you're going to be typing pages of notes, then I would definitely go for a 10-inch netbook (MSI Wind or Eee PC 1000 series). I wouldn't recommend a 13-inch notebook just for school use.

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Default Re: Mini 9 good for school? - 11-20-2008, 01:14 PM

It is so hard to base a decision on others' opinions of the keyboard. I had an eeePC 701 before the Mini 9. It had a fairly regularly placed keyboard, but it was all shrunken down to pretty small keys. It took me about a week to get used to it, and I was off and running (typing...) w/o problems. On the Mini, same thing, after about a week of light use, I'm really comfortable with the keyboard. I use it for a few hours at a time w/o problems. I do have a desktop for LONG use, but have no problem on the Mini for a few hours at a time (in a row).

In short, I've had no major problems with either keyboard...and neither has been perfect. But I've read posts of people who has sold both machines 'cause they couldn't get used to the keyboards.


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Default Re: Mini 9 good for school? - 12-03-2008, 06:11 AM

Allow me to point out what should be obvious:

The Mini has plenty of USB ports.

Nothing stops you from setting up a little stand for it in your dorm, a usb hub to which you connect a full size keyboard, and mouse, an external HD with sync software (to keep your stuff backed up).

So when you need to type a report you plug in the power supply, plug in the hub's usb cable and type away on your full size keyboard.

You can even pick up a 17" lcd and connect it to the vga out port on craigslist for a pittance... and now you're basically fullsize in the dorm while writing papers and ultraportable for everything else.
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