Dell wants you to believe the Inspiron Mini 9 is "your new best friend." Well, kiddies, the Inspiron Mini 9 is a fantastic mobile companion that helps you stay connected and makes your life easier without breaking the bank. However, I can't shake the feeling that the Mini 9 is more like "the kid you're friendly with at the lunch table, but isn't your BFF."
Yes, the Dell Mini 9 is a great netbook. Yes, it has a great price. Yes, it will probably sell very, very well for Dell. No, this won't change the world as you know it. The truth is that at least a dozen other manufacturers have released or announced similar netbooks before the new Dell Mini 9 arrived. Dell had all the time in the world to develop something that slaughters the competition in a way that only Dell can. Unfortunately, while the Dell Mini 9 is great, it still suffers from a few of the same problems we've seen in other netbooks (heat, annoying glossy plastics, bad keyboard, and a small battery that could have been bigger without sacrificing much size or weight).
Ultimately, the Dell Mini 9 is a fabulous netbook that is sure to end up on many Christmas lists this year ... but it's only "your new best friend" if you're willing to overlook a few flaws.
Small and light
Easy to use
Very well built and durable
Responsive Synaptics touchpad
Easy to upgrade RAM, SSD, and wireless cards
No noisy cooling fan
Low price for an ultraportable
Gets a little hot
Glossy plastic lid is a magnet for fingerprints
No F11 or F12 keys, other function keys in strange location
4-cell battery is nice, 6-cell Dell Inspiron Mini 9 battery would be better
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