Both of my installs had compression switched off, but there was a very noticable difference between PRO SP2 and HOME SP3. I have a feeling that the SP does make a difference as the base install of HOME SP3 has different base drivers than PRO SP2 when looking at System Hardware setings of both.I have tested other netbooks, Asus Aspire etc. and although there should not be much in it as they all use Intell, Atoms, and similar SSD
and RAM. The Dell with PRO SP2 has enough poke in it to set it aside from the others. Would be good to hear from anyone who has tried HOME SP2 instead of HOME SP3 to see if there is anything different about performance, at least then it may be a little clearer to see if its PRO, HOME or the service pack. On my heavier editing machines I have to use PRO as HOME does not work with some editing software and hardware and have to stay with SP2. This may suggest the differences between HOME and PRO extend beyond the networking capabilities of both and may impact on things like I/O etc and it would also seem that SP2 works better than SP3 for pro editing applications. Either way i think it is a shame that Dell seem to be getting shut of the Mini 9, for what it is it is better in my expereince than the other small netbooks, and to my eyes looks a little cooler. I have been using my Mini 9 more and more with external monitor keyboard mouse dvd etc. when in the office, and i still cant believe how suited it is to that and being able to use it mobile. Pitty there was no docking bay option. I use it to demo rough video edits, even at low bandwith 720P, it is just so easy. If anyone is reading this thread and undecided about what netbook to go for, just ignore the techy crap i have been going on about, and grab a Mini 9 while you can. I have never been one to go over the top about a computer, after all they are just tools. But i have to say i feel somewhat smug when i pull the Mini 9 out and show people video rough cuts before their Mac laptops have finished booting. Â£200 for this machine would be a joke if it where not true.