The 8.9″ Dell Inspiron Mini 9 recently had a price drop, and today, they are having a one-day sale (good through February 17, 2009, 5:59 AM CST) with the starting price on some models dropping to $199.
Portable Monkey has done a comprehensive comparison involving three Asus Eee PC models that share quite a bit in common. They’ve compared the 10″ Eee PC S101, Eee PC S101H, and the Eee PC 1002HA.
The S101 is Asustek’s high-end netbook/ultraportable, with a much larger capacity battery, and more metal parts (which adds to the price), while the 1002HA has a higher-resolution webcam. As shown, they do have the same keyboards and the S101H and 1002HA share quite a few other things in common.
PM makes the point that the S101H is just the S101 with a hard drive (the S101 has a Solid State Drive – SSD), and at that point the S101H is:
… actually half way between the S101 and the 1002HA. The differences are all so minimal though and donâ€™t amount to much. I would either stick to the 1002HA and save money, or go for complete mobility and battery life with the S101.
The 1002HA has dropped quite a bit in price since it’s launch – it’s down to $379.99 at ZipZoomFly (EPC1002HA-BLK006X). That maybe due in part to the launch of the Eee PC 1000HE.
Portable Monkey makes a great argument for picking up the 1002HA over the S101H, since the whole point of choosing the S101H is for the mobility and battery life.
It did in fact come with the higher-capacity 6-cell battery, the 5800mAH battery (this is the higher-capacity battery that was accidentally shipped by Acer). I’ve also had three other people email me and confirm that they received the higher capacity battery as well. Note, chances are the models with this higher capacity battery have already all been allocated to pre-orders and are sold out.
Looking at the battery, it’s clearly a production battery, so hopefully it’ll be included in future models. I do like that the battery gives it a slight angle (the keyboard that is).
I’ll be posting a lot of photos and some benchmarks this weekend, but here are my first impressions: – The 10.1″ Aspire One is slightly deeper and wider than the 8.9″ version. – The batteries between the 8.9″ Acer Aspire One and the 10.1″ version are compatible. I successfully used a 6600mAh 9-cell battery from Amazon.com. I’m not necessarily recommending you do this – it may void some kind of warranty, but the batteries can be swapped between the models. – The A/C adapters have a slightly different voltage. – If you get lucky enough to get one of the ones with a 5800mAh, the battery life is definitely over 7 hours, without adding much weight/bulk. – The touchpad is very responsive. Getting used to the button placement wasn’t hard (versus the 8.9″ version) – The Sapphire Blue version is definitely a fingerprint magnet. It doesn’t bother me, but I could see some people being bothered by it.
As far as weight, the 10.1″ version is 2.25 pounds (1.02kg) without the battery. The 8.9″ version is slightly under 2 pounds (0.91 kg) without its battery.
Even though the 10.1″ AAO is slightly larger, it doesn’t feel like it. I do agree with some of the reviews that mentioned the keyboard should have went to the edges, but chances are that might have driven up the price. This is one of the best values around right now. If you are comfortable with the 8.9″ version, you would be comfortable with the 10.1″ version.
Engadget has news that a market research firm has been conducting an online survey indicated that AT&T is considering carrying netbooks/ultraportables in AT&T stores.
This is on the heels of a Fortune Magazine interview with the AT&T executive responsible for the AT&T side of the iPhone agreement with Apple, where he mentioned that netbooks were his next target, with plans to use them to sell AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband plans.
On top of all of this, LAPTOP Magazine has an interview with Glenn Lurie, the AT&T executive mentioned above, where he confirms that AT&T plans on adding netbooks to their stores, with this response to LAPTOP Magazine’s questions:
LAPTOP Magazine: Will people be able to buy a netbook in an AT&T store at some point?
AT&T/Glenn Lurie: Yes, at some point we will carry them and many types of devices in our stores. I see us including netbooks, MIDs, e-books, portable navigation, and all types of connected devices. I also see these devices being in the traditional big-box retailers and their Web sites.
Quoting the AT&T survey material (from Engadget):
Introducing….The Netbook at AT&T
Netbooks represent a new category of ultra-mobile laptops that are small-sized and lightweight. They are optimized for wireless Internet access and browsing needs.
It then mentions some of the benefits (“compact and lightweight, easy to carry around”) and common specifications (screen size, weight, battery life) as well as mentioning no internal optical drives.