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Dell Mini Note - Asus EEE PC killer?

, posted: 20-Aug-2008 08:20

On the Gizmodo web site there are now some more photos and full specs available about the upcoming Dell Mini Note. Officially, Dell calls this system the 'Dell Inspiron 910'. It comes with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1024x600 screen, built-in webcam, 512 MB of memory (can be extended to 1 GB) and anywhere between 4 to 16 GB of SSD storage.Dell Mini Note - next to a pencil for comparison

Most importantly, you can not only get it with Windows XP, but also with Ubuntu 8.04! Yeah!

The launch date is currently listed as the 22nd of August and the price is supposed to be US$ 299. That is a good price, indeed! I wonder how much more it will be for the 1 GB memory and 16 GB SSD? And I wonder if Dell can actually stick to this attractive pre-announced price when the actual launch date comes around?

If this does come true, though, it would be very cool. Considering that I could get a mini notebook, with Ubuntu pre-configured, I am very seriously tempted...

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Comment by chiefie, on 20-Aug-2008 09:11

I'm not too convinced with the lack of F1-f12 keys though...

Author's note by foobar, on 20-Aug-2008 09:34

@chiefie: That is a bit weird, isn't it? But I could image (at least, I sure hope so) that the function keys are emulated by pressing some special function key in conjunction with a number key.

But that is still not idea, since in many cases you have combinations such as ALT-F1, or so, which now would require three keys to be pressed simultaneously.

Comment by JAMMAN2110, on 20-Aug-2008 10:45

@foobar: You mean like Ctrl-Alt-Delete?
I thought the world was used to hitting 3 keys simultaneously.

Comment by rscole86, on 20-Aug-2008 12:43

Haha james! There are still key combinations that would be difficult, I am think of F11 and F12. The others are not too bad...

Comment by chiefie, on 20-Aug-2008 13:55

As cool as it is a small very portable netbook... I'm not seriously sold without F-keys. I want my F-keys as I do use them extensively. There's space below the screen in the middle, that could better be used to populate 2 rows of F-keys.

Comment by BarneyC, on 20-Aug-2008 14:12

My Dad was trying to persuade me last night that this was the machine to get for my travels.

Personally the new Asus Eee 1000 looks like more my thing, more power, can handle 2Gb of RAM and bigger keys for my fat fingers.  Don't mind the extra size/weight as it is still way smaller than a laptop proper.

Comment by Zoltuger, on 20-Aug-2008 16:10

I really like this netbook- inexpensive but powerful and it looks cool too. I won't miss the F-keys because I don't use them, especially not for a quick web browse.

Comment by Mikael, on 4-Sep-2008 04:21

Accourding to, Dell Mini will be released this friday instead of 22th as you wrote.. I'll get one!

Comment by jim h, on 24-Sep-2008 15:23

The lack of F11 makes this one a total non-starter. Out of the question.

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