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Default Vostro A90 Dubbed "$200 Mac" - 04-22-2009, 03:28 PM

[news-img:2p7dl7n4]/images/news/dell-vostro-a90.jpg[/news-img:2p7dl7n4]The Dell Vostro A90 was very recently rolled out across the US.

For those of you who don't know, the Vostro A90 is the business model of the Mini 9. It is identical to the Mini 9 in every way, except that it comes with a black palm rest, giving it an all over black look.

The Apple Core have worked out that "pound-for-pound it’s the most bang for the buck of any Apple machine bar non". With help from members of this forum, it is easy to turn this $200 netbook into the cheapest Hackintosh you'll find out there at this moment in time.

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Default Re: Vostro A90 Dubbed "$200 Mac" - 04-22-2009, 03:47 PM ... =dfb&cs=28

FWIW: Should be even cheaper once the A90 shows up at the outlet in about a month...

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Default Re: Vostro A90 Dubbed "$200 Mac" - 04-22-2009, 04:31 PM

Interesting that in the pictures of this Vostro A90, you see a picture of it running Windows Vista... LOL

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Default Re: Vostro A90 Dubbed "$200 Mac" - 04-22-2009, 05:24 PM

Except for the fact that the A90 is now listed on Dell as $325 - $75 instant Savings = $249 (Ubunto, 1 GB, 16GB).
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Default Re: Vostro A90 Dubbed "$200 Mac" - 04-22-2009, 05:31 PM

WTF-- confirmed. I had looked at this like, YESTERDAY, and it was $249 minus $50 instant savings, total = $199. I was really considering buying a second mini-9 for my personal use.

Today it's (as indicated), $324 minus $75 instant savings, total = $249.

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Default Re: Vostro A90 Dubbed "$200 Mac" - 04-22-2009, 05:59 PM

Yesterday, it was a different configuration you were getting for $200. Today, they are only offering 1 gig RAM, 16 gig SSD.
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Default Re: Vostro A90 Dubbed "$200 Mac" - 04-23-2009, 12:19 AM


Old configuration - $199

New configuration - $250
1GB RAM (previously a $25 upgrade)
16GB SSD (previously a $50 upgrade)

So in effect you're getting the 1GB of RAM upgrade for free.
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Default Re: Vostro A90 Dubbed "$200 Mac" - 04-23-2009, 01:59 AM

I just ordered one - the $199 version. Free shipping also - is that still active?

I assume Dell notice exactly what we're doing so they bumped up the specs to make a few extra bucks. You still need >1GB RAM for a reasonable Hacintosh (well, IMHO). 16GB SSD is a bit slim also I think.

I already had 2GB RAM for my previous Mini 9 (which I gave to my Dad) because Dell's Ubuntu desktop app doesn't work with >1 GB. Also ordered a 32GB SSD from MyDigitalDiscount for $119.

So the REAL cost of a Hackintosh is $199+$119+$30=$348.

(Assuming you're using an existing copy of OS X)

We'll see how it works. I was happy with the Mini 9/Ubuntu under most applications (web browsing, email, video). The keyboard sucks, however. Many keys will need to be remapped. 8-)

If you're updating the SSD, the RunCore Pro is the way to go. With it's internal miniUSB, it's a snap to install OS X using an existing Mac.

Vostro A90 (Mini 9):Runcore 32GB SSD:2GB RAM:10.5.8
Inspiron Mini 10v:Standard:2GB RAM:10.6.4
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Default Re: Vostro A90 Dubbed "$200 Mac" - 04-23-2009, 02:33 AM

Yeap, i scored one of these early yesterday morning. I've been eying the mini 9 really hard. I couldn't pass it up.

Don't forget... It also comes with Bluetooth (usually a $20 upgrade) and a .3MP cam (a $15? upgrade)

So for $200... the out of box device is sick. 90% of the folks will upgrade to the 2gb for $9. And Alot of folks will upgrade the HDs.

Only negative is the shipping date.

Don't forget... you could also score a 1TB Western Digital MyBook for $49. Curreltny going for $110 on ebay. Grabbed one of those as well.
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Default Re: Vostro A90 Dubbed "$200 Mac" - 04-23-2009, 02:54 AM

I snagged one yesterday, for 199, and bought a 2GB ram stick, and 32GB SSD from runcore. I have a leopard install family pack disk already. Also got the $49 hard drive. Sweet.

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