Quite a few reviews of the new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook popped up today, once the embargoes were off.
PC Magazine gave it a 3 out of 5, and believe that for the size of the device, especially with the bezel around the screen, they could have fit in a 10″ display, and the keyboard could use some work, although they were impressed with the mouse buttons.
LAPTOP Magazine has also posted their review, with the Mini 9 doing slightly better in their view, and with mentions of the touchpad and buttons, but they also felt the speakers were much better than others in the same category.
JerryJ at NotebookReview.com has posted a video of it in action, as well as several screenshots of the Dell-configured Ubuntu Linux installation and interface. They also mention the keyboard (which is lacking a dedicated row of function keys).
Finally, Anandtech gave it much higher praise than the other sites that have posted their reviews today, discussing the build quality as well as the design (included in the review are several close-up photos of the hinges as well as the internals – they cover the fact that the Mini 9 is actually fanless – as they point out, there are no moving parts with the SSD and passive cooling of the Intel Atom.