It’s now official – Dell has dropped the starting price for the base model of the Intel Atom-powered 8.9″ Dell Inspiron Mini 9. It’s one of the few devices in its class to be fanless (and therefore quiet).
You can view the base models at the Inspiron Mini 9 page on the Dell Home and Home Office site.
In the fall/autumn of 2008, the base models started out around $350 (with some options pushing it to $450). Earlier this year, the starting price dropped to $299. Now it’s down to $249, and in recent weeks, some buyers have picked up refurbished Inspiron Mini 9s for around $200, with some 8GB and 16GB SSD models going for down around $270 – $290 at the Dell Home & Home Office Outlet Store.
Specifications for the $249 base:
– Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
– Ubuntu Linux 8.04.1
– 512MB RAM
– 4GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
– 802.11g Wireless
– 4 cell battery
– No Webcam ($15 – $25 additional)