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Default How BIG can a Mini be? - 10-15-2009, 07:28 AM

I noticed Dell has a 13 inch Inspiron that lacks a optical drive...Is that now considered a mini? I get the 11z being a mini even though it's branded as an Inspiron but really shouldn't there be a 12 inch limit? All the other minis are going to get inadequacy issues
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Default 10-15-2009, 10:42 AM

Considering I'm using a 13" laptop, they'd have to slim it down significantly.

I think anything beyond 11" is pushing the envelope of being a netbook..


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Default 10-15-2009, 02:42 PM

Yeah I'm pretty sure it's like 12 inches or under that classifies it as a netbook. Also, it'll be interesting to see in the future if optical drives will be included in netbooks and still be called a netbook. Think about it, it is possible, but right now the space inside is really filled up. In the future, with miniaturization, it might be possible with a smaller SSD (or HDD) and a smaller battery.

Of course, the battery drain would be more significant. My mini has gotten along just fine without one. If you ever need one, just share your desktop drive and you're set! Also, Daemon Tools is invaluable!


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Default 10-15-2009, 02:46 PM

My personal definition is: 12" or smaller screen, 4lbs or lighter weight, 3.5-4 hours or more on the standard battery (ie... 3 cell for the Dell Mini), no optical drive, and vertical resolution no greater than 800.

Anything more than that is beyond the realm of netbooks im my opinion

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I noticed Dell has a 13 inch Inspiron that lacks a optical drive...Is that now considered a mini? I get the 11z being a mini even though it's branded as an Inspiron but really shouldn't there be a 12 inch limit? All the other minis are going to get inadequacy issues
Isnt it the 14" Inspirion that lacks an optical drive? I thought the 13" had a slot load?
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Default 10-15-2009, 04:12 PM

REally wouldn't an optical drive, I like the fact my Mini 9 has no moving parts.


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Default 10-15-2009, 04:38 PM

As big as she wants it to be

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Default 10-15-2009, 07:51 PM

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I like the fact my Mini 9 has no moving parts.
What about the LCD screen and keyboard ?


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