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Default Should I buy a mini 9 or a mini 10v? - 12-28-2009, 11:55 AM

Hi everyone,

My birthday today (Yay!) so I'm allowed to buy myself a Dell Mini. I've been doing lots of reading around, but I'm really struggling to make my mind up on whether to get a 9 or a 10v, and I'd love any advice you guys have. A few questions:

The most important thing to me is that it runs OSX perfectly, is there any difference in OSX performance on the 9 and 10v? Will both of them be upgradable as far as 10.6.2?

How much better is the 10v keyboard, and is the mousepad on the 10v useable? The button thing on the 10v looks pretty weird to me, surely a left click would make your cursor jump somewhere to the bottom left of the screen?

Is there a significant difference in speed/battery life between SSD drives and 'standard' hard drives? Also, will a 16gb hard drive have enough space for a Snow Leopard installation, and how much space does the installation use up?

Generally speaking, which do you recommend?

Thanks very much guys!
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Default Decisions, Decisions - 12-28-2009, 01:15 PM

I've had both 9s and 10Vs, Right now I have a Lat. 2100, I actually like the 2100 the best. I have Windows 7 Ultimate on a 16 gb SSD, AVG, Foxit PDF, a few other programs, I have 5.25 gb left. SSD definitely helps battery life, almost 4 hrs with standard battery. I like the rubber finish (NO SMUDGES ON LID). Has separate audio controls, wi-fi light, hd activity light, SD card installs flush (unlike the 10V), speakers on sides of screen (speaker in bottom of 10V), caps,number and scroll lock lights. One post said he had 512mb onboard and installed a 2gb chip and it recognized the 2.5 gb ram, (Lat 2100 comes with either 512 or 1gb onboard and a slot to add another chip. True non-reflective screen. The only problem is I don't think anyone has successfully installed OSX on the 2100, not sure what the problem is. If you're only considering the Mini 9 or 10V, I would take the 10V, due to the larger screen and keyboard, adding ram to the 10V is a bit of a pain, but not impossible. Lat 2100 is a bit heavier and thicker than the 10V, but is also sturdier. Oh I Forgot HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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Default 12-28-2009, 02:58 PM

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Is there a significant difference in speed/battery life between SSD drives and 'standard' hard drives? Also, will a 16gb hard drive have enough space for a Snow Leopard installation, and how much space does the installation use up?
I haven't really noticed a speed difference in day to day usage with SSD, it's more about reliability I think. Snow Leopard takes up about 8GB.
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Cool 12-28-2009, 05:16 PM

I would go with the 10v if you want OSX, some say that the Mini 9 is on its way out so why buy something thats gonna be outdated b 4 u even get it..the new Mini 10's are coming...but right now no one is sure whether u can load OSX or not...a lot say no because of the video chipset...the Mini 10v is probably your best bet and as far as SSD goes, I prefer HDD because the larger sizes (250gb or larger) r much cheaper..I have a 500gb and there is no way I would pay $500-$600 for a 512gb SSD..I personally could never get by with 8 or 16gb but thats just me..just my 0.02..

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Default 12-28-2009, 05:25 PM

Um, the Mini 9 and the Mini 10v are equally "outdated" from that perspective.


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Default 12-28-2009, 07:16 PM

I personally would choose a 10v. It runs OSX like a champ and I like certain aspects better than a Mini 9, mainly the keyboard.


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Default 12-28-2009, 07:24 PM

Ditto on the 10v's keyboard. I wouldn't think of going back to a Mini 9 now.


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Default 12-28-2009, 08:31 PM

+1 for the 10v. I have both the Mini 9 and the Mini 10v and 9 times out of 10 I end up using the 10v. The only thing I don't like about it is the trackpad, but that problem is easily solved with a cheap external mouse.
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Default 12-28-2009, 10:21 PM

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My birthday today (Yay!) so I'm allowed to buy myself a Dell Mini.
Happy Birthday!! You've picked a nice gift for yourself. See in line for answers to your questions.

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The most important thing to me is that it runs OSX perfectly, is there any difference in OSX performance on the 9 and 10v? Will both of them be upgradable as far as 10.6.2?
They both run OSX very well, but the Mini9 seems to be better with 10.5, as there are still a few issues with it with 10.6, I think audio is one of them. They might have fixed most of the Mini9 problems with 10.6 at this point, but I am not sure of that. It does however run 10.5.8 with no problems at all. The 10v runs 10.6.2 pretty much perfectly at this point.

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How much better is the 10v keyboard, and is the mousepad on the 10v useable? The button thing on the 10v looks pretty weird to me, surely a left click would make your cursor jump somewhere to the bottom left of the screen?
The 10v keyboard is way better in my opinion. As a matter of fact that was the ultimate reason why I sold my Mini9 and went with a 10v. The Mini9 keyboard was just too small for me and it was torture trying to do any amount of typing on it with any accuracy at all. The 10v is much more comfortable to type on and I am much more accurate with it.

I use an external mouse so I can't say much about the trackpad but I know that the new trackpad drivers with 2 finger scrolling, etc. make it much better on the 10v than it used to be.

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Is there a significant difference in speed/battery life between SSD drives and 'standard' hard drives? Also, will a 16gb hard drive have enough space for a Snow Leopard installation, and how much space does the installation use up?
The 16GB hard drive will be enough for a SL install, which takes about 8GB. The question is whether 8GB free is enough for you. You can always go with an SD card to hold data or external HD. As far as speed goes, I notice no difference between my Mini9 that had a 64GB SSD drive and my 10v which has a 250GB standard HD. I think the SSD is more shock resistant, and depending on how you are using it may hold up better in the long run.

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Generally speaking, which do you recommend?
I recommend the 10v, no question about it, but I highly recommend getting the 6 cell battery. I have had a Mini9 (2GB RAM, 64GB SSD) and a 10v with the 3 cell battery and sold both before getting my current 10v which I am very happy with. The Mini9 was very easy to upgrade but the small keyboard turned out to be the deal breaker for me. I do like the slightly larger screen of the 10v also, although the resolution is the same. My first 10v with the 3 cell battery only lasted about 1.5 hours per charge which was just not enough. I sold both and bought a 10v with the 6 cell battery and the 250GB HD. I got it from the outlet for $237 when they had their most recent coupon deal. I get about 5 hours on battery now, which is great, and I have all my apps, iTunes library, iPhoto library, etc on it and I still have about 190GB free on the hard drive. The only thing I wish it had was 2GB of RAM but I don't have the guts at this point to crack the case and go through the install. Especially as it is running really well now, with OSX 10.6.2

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Thanks very much guys!
You're welcome. Happy birthday, and I'm sure you will be very happy with your homemade Mac, whichever one you end of choosing.


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Default 12-29-2009, 12:33 AM

Wow, thank you so much everyone! I really appreciate your advice, think I'll definitely go for a 10v : )

Amazing community you've got here, so many people being so helpful in just one day! I'll try my hardest to keep stopping back here once I'm up and running with my new Dell Mini 10v
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