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Join Date: Mar 2009
07-28-2009, 03:59 AM
I'm also a Mini 9 fan. I love this machine. The Mini's size is what I like and find most versatile; the screen is also awesome and the screen size works well for me while out on the road. It will handle just about anything I throw at it, and now that I've switched the " and ; keys, I even like the keyboard. While I have some complaints with my "real" Macs (unneeded DVD, weight, size, etc.), I have no complaints with the Mini.
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: United States
07-28-2009, 01:38 PM
I truly wonder how many people voicing opinions on this subject have actually had an extended period of use on both the Mini 9 and the Mini 10v. I understand that everyone's opinion is valid, but I just do not understand how people can say that one is better than the other if they have not used both.
I think it all boils down to personal preference in the end. There are pros and cons of the Mini 9 and the 10v... so pick your poison. I think that the majority of people responding to this thread are just saying that the Mini they use is the best. Of course people will say that, because that is what they purchased and have become accustomed to.
Also, regarding the "upgradability" of the 10v in regards to RAM. Honestly, most netbook users do not even need a RAM upgrade. Everyone is always like "RAM RAM RAM... I need 2Gb of RAM"... but I guarantee that their netbook runs fine with the 1Gb of RAM and the actual limitation of the system is the CPU / GMA
[This is coming from someone who has used a Mini 9 with 2Gb of RAM for some time... just recently purchased myself a 10v and waiting on it to arrive. I enjoyed my experience on the Mini 9 but am also looking forward to the 10v. I would say that upgrading the SSD in a Mini 9 would be more beneficial, but more expensive, than upgrading the RAM to 2Gb. But, since upgrading is so simple and RAM is so cheap... why not upgrade?! When I get my 10v I will probably hold off on upgrading or not upgrade at all, because 2Gb of RAM is really not necessary in a netbook]
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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
07-29-2009, 12:54 AM
I actually own both the Mini 9 (910) and 10v (1011). Both are running Ubuntu 9.04. The 10v is dual boot with Windows, which I booted into once to make sure that it works before installing Ubuntu.
It's weird, I prefer the 9 for some reasons and the 10 for others. I hated my 10v initially but after I found the linux driver hack for the trackpad (thus upgrading it to marginally useful from horribly implemented) I find myself reaching for it more often to watch Hulu etc. because of the 16:9 aspect ratio. I dislike the larger pixel pitch (size) from the bump in screen size but no bump in resolution. The Mini 9 screen is far prettier to look at.
The 10v feels cheaper in build quality. The lid is thinner and feels flimsy when I open it. The larger keyboard is easier to type on but it feels mushy and not nearly as physically responsive that the Mini 9 keyboard. The wifi on the 10v is flakey, but rock solid on my 9.
The 10v heats up faster and gets hotter than my 9 - heat throttles the processor and about 35 minutes into a flash video (most television shows on Hulu are 45 minutes) it starts going into 1 FPS mode and I usually feel like throwing it across the room - the 9 has rock solid Hulu playback from start to finish.
Making sleeves for both of them I can tell you that the size is deceptive. In actual measurement, the 10 is 1" wider and 1/2" "deeper" than the 9. Interestingly though it "feels" and "looks" like it's at least 25% larger when they are NOT side by side. For this reason I really "think" of the 9 as being far more portable than the 10. That being said - when I take them to work one at a time everyone asks which one I'm using because they can't tell the difference in the size.
I prefer the SSD in the 9 for it's silence, thriftyness on power and inherent stability and resistance to abuse, though I pine for more than 4 GB of space; however, the standard 120 GB drive in the 10 is nearly dead silent and I'm a member of SPCR so that tells you something. The extra space is really nice - a luxury not to have to keep a mental list of everything installed and constantly budgeting against space constraints.
What was the original question again?
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