Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Dell Inspiron Mini 9

The much rumoured and long awaited Dell Insipron mini 9 was released officially today, both in the US and in the UK. Although from the looks of things the US rollout isn't going that smoothly, with XML errors and unreachable web pages that are appearing and disappearing at random...


The bad news is that while there are three models in the US, priced at US$349, US$399 and US$449, only the top end model has seen the light of day here on the other side of the pond, priced at £299. The UK version is also only shipping with Windows XP, there isn't an option for an Ubuntu installation, as there is in the US...

However, taking the exchange rate into account, and the fact that the US prices aren't quoted with sales tax included, the UK price is actually (for once) fairly comparable with the US price for the same hardware. Well done Dell. But unfortunately there is more bad news...


There isn't any sign of the red version of the new notebook, either here or in the US. While in the US you can have the mini 9 in either white or black, shades of the Apple Macbook there? On the UK side of the pond you can have any colour you like, so long as it's black. Unfortunately for Dell, the red version was the reason I wanted one in the first place, it's certainly the reason my wife wants (wanted?) one.

The good news? Apparently additional colours and a version shipping with Ubuntu are "coming soon"...

Update: Also coming soon is a version of the mini 9 shipping with built-in HSDPA broadband from Vodafone...