Some interesting articles from LAPTOP Magazine about the 8.9″ Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook have popped up.
First-up, Avram Piltch in the LAPTOP Magazine blog takes a look at the expansion options available for the Inspiron Mini 9. This is, to me, the most impressive thing about the Inspiron Mini 9. Dell has went out of their way to make it easy to access everything – there is a cover on the bottom that allows you access (another LAPTOP Magazine article covers RAM upgrades, including 2GB). The panel covers the memory slot, two mini PCIe card slots (one is filled with the Dell WiFi card), and the Solid State Drive (SSD).
Next, LAPTOP Magazine gets in-depth with a hands-on look at the Inspiron Mini 9, including a video comparing it to the 8.9″ Acer Aspire One as well as a video look at the Ubuntu Linux interace.
On page 9 of Anandtech’s review that I previously mentioned, they start tearing down the whole Inspiron Mini.
Finally, LAPTOP Magazine has an interview with John New, who is the product manager for the Mini Inspiron 9. Highlights of the topics and questions he covers:
– Dell will be producing more netbooks in different sizes and with more options (including mobile broadband)
– As far as Dell is concerned, SSDs are the ideal drives for netbooks
– Dell went out of their way to work on a Mini-9 specific interface using Ubuntu Linux
– Dell sees three markets for netbooks: Youth/students, teens, and adults that use high-tech devices in their daily lives.