I got a Dell Mini 9 recently! Since then it has been an upgrade paradise. The Dell Mini 9 came with an 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, 64GB Solid State Drive, 1GB of RAM, 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth, 1.3MP Camera. It now has a RunCore 64GB Solid State Drive, 2GB of RAM (Geil Memory), and an Intel WiFi Link 5300 card for 802.11abgn capability including a third antenna from OxfordTEC.
The first thing I did was image it and then install Windows 7. So my impression so far is “Very cool!” It is a great laptop to take to Starbucks and do some light work. It is perfect for surfing the web, connecting to email, and similar work. Better yet, I can see it being my presentation laptop where I store all my slide decks and other customer related material.
What it is not is a laptop to do extensive editing on! I will be working on another book very soon and I was hoping I could use it for that purposes. Yes, I was dreaming when I came up with the idea to use a netbook to write a book on. The fact is that this generation of netbook computers are horrible for editing purposes. There are two main issues: screen size and keyboard. The keyboard is just too small. The screen resolution of 1024x600 is an issue for some applications. Notice I did not say screen size. The screen is a 9 inch display and is perfectly fine.
So, my dream netbook computer is probably the Dell Mini 10 when they make all the accessories available. At the moment Dell has not made all the features available. Dell, your public is waiting! :)
The absolute nirvana of netbooks would be a netbook with the following configuration:
64-bit dual core Atom processor, 4GB memory, 64-128GB Solid State Drive, 10.1” widescreen display with Multi-Touch and 720p, 802.11abgn wireless, Bluetooth, 1.3MP Camera (or better), 3 USB Ports, 1 HDMI Port, Gigabit Onboard Networking, a Fast SD Card Reader, Multi-Touch TrackPad, Mobile Broadband, Internal TV Tuner and Edge-to-Edge Keyboard
What is interesting is that all the parts for such a machine is available. The Dell Mini 10 with the “Coming Soon” specs comes very close. It is missing the 64-bit dual core processor and multi-touch display. Also, they need to upgrade the memory, SD card reader, and onboard networking, but many can live with 2GB of memory, the existing SD card reader, and the 100MB onboard networking.