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#42316 2-Oct-2009 10:38
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I like the look of the Dell Mini laptops. Thinking of getting one. I've played instore with one of the Vodafone ones (and if VFNZ still have stock, that may be the last place you can buy a mini9).

Would like to check out a Mini 10 too ... is there somewhere I can see a live device before buying online? (I heard DSE were going to stock Dell, but they don't list Minis on their site).

And - do all Dell Minis come with the 3G SIM slot? If so, what networks will it work with in NZ?

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  #260771 3-Oct-2009 11:02
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Definitely go the Mini10, the 9 has less battery life and a small battery

It's a pain that DSE doesn't have them in stock yet. Are you part of an IT firm? Dell usually sends out test models(well they did to us last year) I thought it was ok, a bit clunkier and felt a bit more solid than other netbooks. Um best I can describe it to is a bit like a HP Mini 110, which are in most DSE showrooms. Compare the HP mini 110 to the Acer D250 or the 1005HA. They are quite a tad slimmer and lighter. Only difference is they don't have the second PCIe port that the HP mini and Dell have

They all come with the 3G slot, but no modem in most cases, you need a Dell WWAN modem(off ebay) or a Sierra WWAN, when yo are looking look for UMTS 850,900,1900,2100 quad band 3G WWANs, that way you can get the full benefit of Vodafone and XT. Just make sure you don't accidentally pick up a quad band GSM.

There's instructions on putting in the WWAN card on the Dell website, quite easy :) a lot harder for the Asus where usually a bit of soldering needs to be done...I just tether my phone through USB or bluetooth to it and that's fine

I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 

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  #260784 3-Oct-2009 12:12
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Dell mini 10 is the go!

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