Dell rolled out its first netbook - the Inspiron Mini 9.
The base model with Ubuntu Linux starts at $349 and offers a Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, 512MB DDR2 533MHz memory, 4GB SSD, a glossy 8.9" LCD display with LED backlight and 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, Intel GMA 950 graphics, a 4-cell battery and Wireless 802.11g Mini Card. A 1.3 megapixel webcam, a larger SSD, more memory or Bluetooth 2.1 are optional.
A version with Windows XP Home Edition is available for $399 and if you want a white Inspiron Mini 9 instead of a black one you'll have to shelve out an additional $25.
With a starting weight of 2.28 lbs.1, digital nomads will value the Inspiron Mini’s durable design, with sealed keyboard and reliable solid state drive (SSD) memory storage. A bright 8.9 inch glossy LED display (1024x600) presents most web pages with no left-right scrolling, and the keypads are large and easy to navigate. Standard built-in Wi-Fi means quick and easy wireless internet access to hotspots in the home, on campus, in a local coffee shop, in the office or at a conference.
Individuals can personalize their Inspiron Mini with choice of colors – Obsidian Black or Alpine White – and interaction experience – optional Windows® XP® or Ubuntu 8.04 with custom Dell interface (coming soon). For those looking for a more traditional and familiar experience, the Inspiron Mini with Windows XP Home is available immediately starting at $399.
Inspiron Mini devices featuring an intuitive Dell-developed custom interface are expected to be available in a few weeks with a starting price of $349. The custom home screen is designed to make it easy to find what people are looking for. Intuitive icons link directly to groups of similar applications, like games, Web and entertainment, and favorite web links for quick access. Plus, the home screen can be personalized, putting your favorites front and center.