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      24.10.2010 19:26
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      Great product that I would recommend

      I got this product for Christmas last year and I have loved it ever since. This is an easy to use, practical, and portable device. Also it is very stylish with when you buy it being able to choose the colour you want from; Blue, Pink, Red, Green, White and black, making your device both stylish and useful.

      Also, netbooks are designed for being portable, easy to use and surfing the web, and I speak for everyone when I say I know when I say it does all that perfectly. Now, the device itself is attractive, but does it work? The answer, that's up to you.

      The internet use has no flaws on this device, you have fast access to all the popular websites; Facebook, Twitter, Bebo etc. You can also rely on this to do your online shopping, your private browsing, even you're online banking.

      Also, my miraculously technical brother informs me that "the netbook has an Intel Atom processor at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM (but can be increased to 2GB) and an Intel GMA 950. While this is great for surfing the web and doing other tasks of the sort, it's a bad idea to buy this netbook if you're planning on using it for gaming or any graphical application". I know this to be true, but my brother knows more than me (yes, he is a geek).

      The screen quality is mainly good but could use a bigger resolution, it is a good screen, but if I could change one thing, it would be for it to have a larger resolution. The text is easily readable, and videos are crystal clear, it is also good at displaying colours and colour contrasts are easy to see. I also believe that you can install a colour-blind setting if you have that disability.

      The webcam is 1.3 Megapixels, this is a good camera for using to talk to friends online (for instance on Windows Live Messenger), it is also good for video blogging on YouTube, if you're into that kind of thing. The built in microphone quality is almost crystal clear, but if you turn it up too loudly, it occasionally sounds slightly distorted. Disappointingly, I had to buy a separate headset because of this.

      The speakers are practically flawed, they often sound distorted and music can sound slightly fuzzy, which is not ideal if you like to listen to music. However, when you're watching videos, the sound quality is fine.

      The built in track-pad is responsive, but occasionally it jerks about and is irritating, it is comfortable, smooth and silky to the touch. I don't think I'd need a separate mouse unless I was playing video games, which, considering the netbook, is a rarity. The keyboard has no gaps between the keys unless pressed, meaning that you can't really eat at the netbook, seldom they could get stuck between keys. This also means that occasionally your finger slips, causing you to type two letters instead of one. This is not too much of a problem though, as the backspace is clear and defined.

      The battery life is good, but overtime, it looses it's ability to withold charge as well. It is a problem if you're planning on going large amounts of times with it unplugged, but for home use, where there is always access to a plug, it isn't too much of a problem. The battery life can be altered when you buy it from the Dell website, by buying additional batteries, but I didn't feel I needed this because three hours is normally the longest I need to use it for. It performs faster when plugged in, but it's still pretty snappy when it's not.

      In conclusion, I believe this is a great product, with a slight need of more GB to start with but you can buy the extended memory. I would strongly recommend this to anyone I know in need of a netbook. Thank you for reading my review.

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        12.08.2010 22:09
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        It's adorably cute which makes using it even more of a pleasure!!

        I have only recently begun using this Dell Inspiron 910 because my laptop was damaged by BT (long story!!!) so while that is being disputed, and it is in repair, I am using this one so that life can go on!!

        On first impressions it looked too cute to be of any use... By that I mean I felt I was always exclaiming at how adorable and small it was rather than using it properly! That soon passed and I now do make use of it's functions and the programmes which have been saved on it!!

        While the screen is tiny, I find that it is adequate as I can use the mouse/scratchpad area to scroll down (by running my finger on the right hand side of it) and it moves down the screen to the area I want. Given the size, the websites are smaller, but having since used a widescreen laptop/screen, I find that that is far too big now and I feel overwhelmed!

        The battery lasts absolutely ages - 3 hours or so from full-charge, and it recharges very quickly. The charger comes with a long-enough cable so that it can be on charge/plugged in while it is being used, but sometimes I leave it on the side for half an hour while I take a break and come back to find it is at least half-way charged or more.

        It is fully portable - being as tiny as it is, it can fit into my bag and I don't even realise it's there! The colour is also quite attractive - my one is a white top (with the Dell logo) and then black underneath. When opened it has a small on/off button near the screen which is shiny and silver, but not too flashy. The screen pretty much takes up the upper half of the laptop when it's opened which given the size is pretty much expected. There is a white trim to match up to the outer screen/top. On the lower half is a standard 'QWERTY' keyboard and the mouse/scratchpad I really like because aside from the buttons, it is fully merged into the lower plastic casing which is silver. The screen can also be moved/adjusted so that it is comfortable for the user.

        I like the minimal styling of this Dell. It has the basic functions, and then some, and it works well for me as a back-up, second/temporary option. Even so, once my laptop comes back I would probably continue to use this too just because it is so convenient to travel with, charge and just use!

        The only issue I have is with the keyboard which took some getting used to. This is because I was having to adjust to a much smaller keyboard. I managed by using my nails, because in that way I would be able to tap onto the buttons needed but after a week or two I have gotten used to the size and able to to use this properly now.

        All in all - I would purchase this as a back-up because from what I understand, they cost around £100 or thereabouts. Well worth the money in terms of functions, ease-of-use, battery life, attractiveness and it is also very quick when connected online and using applications.

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          06.08.2010 23:12
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          A great netbook for things such as Uni, but nothing else

          I bought the Dell Mini 9 for myself as i am at University and therefore in the lectures i need to make notes. This laptop will help you do just that, albeit with a slightly too small keyboard for some.

          My main laptop is a Sony Vaio and that is basically my main computer, but that is too big to carry around a outside and is also quite heavy as you can probably imagine compared to this tiny thing.

          The keyobard is pretty small but that is why the laptop size is small and light. I think the keyboard is fine but for some people with bigger fingers, they may find it difficult to avoid typing errors.

          The size and portability of this laptop is great. It is light and can be carried around and i prefer this to carrying loads of files etc.

          However, this netbook is not only good for typing documents, it is also pretty decent and other things such as internet and specifically watching videos such as youtube. The screen resoulution is of high standard for this price.

          Battery life is another great thing. I can get around 4 hours of just typing which is perfect for everyday Uni use.

          Now onto the speed of the netbook. At first, like any computer or laptop really, it was quite fast. However, after installing a coulple programs, it starts to go slower. However, it is not deadly slow but it can be a bit faster. One way to boost this is by upgrading the Ram. The problem here though is that it is very difficuly to do this as Dell have made it quite an adventure to get to it! You basically have to open most of it which for many, including me is a disaster waiting to happen and therefore it is not reccomended. I for one have not done this despite wanting to!


          Dell customer service is great though and can help you on most things by either chatting online or phoning up. They even come out to you if you have a problem that only they can fix! Great customer service in my opinion.

          Overall, great laptop for what it is designed for: Basic typing, presentations, internet use. But when it comes to high end tasks such as video editing etc this is a definate no-no.

          For the price you can't go wrong.

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          02.08.2010 17:23

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          Buy the mini 10, almost as small with a proper keyboard.

          I've had this laptop for almost a year now and its had constant use.
          Initially I wasn't too sure on the size if it was too small to use on a regular basis but I was quickly proved wrong.
          I've owned countless laptops in the past with a million and one features which I rarely used and cost a small fortune so I took the plunge on this one. Costing about 300 pounds when I added all the extras on it was alot cheaper than most.
          The screen is a netbook standard 1024x600 which makes it great for internet use if you dont mind scrolling a bit up and down but the width is fine.
          The keyboard while is well designed it is suffering from being cramped up in places and particularly the comma semi colon keys are very small and sometimes you miss them. If I was too buy again the next size up the mini 10 is almost full size keyboard and alot nicer to work on.
          Battery life is around 3-4 hours depending on the screen brightness, a note worthy comment is the use of leds on the screen backlight, which gives you a better control of brightness and doesn't have the problem with burnt out bulbs.
          Overall I wouldn't recommend this laptop due to the small keyboard, its a very good laptop and a miracle of what they can get in a small case but the keyboard is just a bit too small.

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          14.06.2010 13:21
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          Great Little Laptop!

          The Dell mini is fantastic! One of the best things about the dell mini is the size and weight of it! With it being such a small laptop and extremely lightweight, it enables me to take my laptop on holidays annd when travelling on trains etc. with no hassle.

          I purchased this laptop around a year and a half ago from Dell at an amazing discounted price of £150 and have had no problems with it at all. The battery life is amazing on this laptop and will last for 4 hours when fully charged. The screen is just 9" which is a perfect size and is easy to see and not too small.

          My laptop colour is white, however you can purchase this laptop in many different colours including black, green and orange. The laptop is designed for Windows XP and comes with 1.3 mega pixel built in webcam. Built in speaker is very good and will play music very loudly. The keypad is small and easy to use. It has 1 GB DDR2 at 533MHz, 8GB solid state drive, and an external Portable CD/DVD-RW.

          Laptop runs very fast and is a great laptop if you want to just use it for the internet and saving pictures etc on it. Wouldnt recommend playing games on it though, as it may not run fast enough.

          I would recommend this laptop to anybody who is in need of a small cheap laptop and people who want a fantastic battery life for travelling around alot.

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          07.01.2010 15:44
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          Is above my expectations by a mile.

          Just bought one of these from PC World On Line for an incredible price of £149.99 including delivery.

          I was expecting something maybe a bit substandard but what I have is fantastic. The 9 inch screen is big enough even for those with not perfect 20 20 vision to read web pages. It's very lightweight at under 1 kg. Small minus point is that it gets very hot underneath when using it. I believe that the fan only kicks in at a certain temperature.

          The Netbook boots up quickly, surfs the web perfectly, either wired, by in built wi-fi or by mobile internet and came with an astonishing bonus of Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

          The keyboard is scrunched in a bit from a standard keyboard size but still big enough to type effectively. Also has a built in web cam and nice built in speakers.

          The battery is currently lasting 4 hours when fully charged which is great.

          It also has a limited free trial of Norton Antivirus. It operates on Windows XP (perfectly adequate for a Netbook) and has 1 gig of memory and 16 of storage.

          It runs on an Intel Atom processor.

          In my opinion it is perfect as a second PC in the home for surfing wirelessly around the house and also as a portable unit to use when out and about (using wi fi or mobile internet) or when visiting friends or relatives houses.

          Yes it has limited memory, storage and power but as a Netbook it is fantastic value and very well built. I have seen other Netbooks of the same screen size or an inch bigger at double and quadruple the price.

          Don't buy them, but this. It is cracking value.

          Also posted on Ciao under the name bella6789

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            17.10.2009 20:00
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            Great little travel companion.

            I love my Dell mini. It is small enough to carry around the house, out in the garden, anywhere really. It is lightweight and not at all cumbersome. It fits nicely into my bag or carry case when I am travelling. The keyboard is large enough to type comfortably, and the screen large enough to display my photos nicely. When my photos are on a slideshow format the computer is like a digital photoframe. If the text is too small on any page it is easy to enlarge it. I find the mouse extremely sensitive which takes a little while to get used to, when I use other laptops I feel I am being very heavy handed with them, up to mine. I like the black gloss cover of the laptop. The battery life is very good, lasting a good 3 hours before it needs charging up. The only downside is that the volume is quite low when listening through the built in speakers. When communicating via Skype or listening to a news item, it is difficult to hear even with all settings on maximum volume. All in all though I would recommend it to anyone who is on the go, or just needs a portable devise to hand.

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            30.08.2009 16:26
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            A great portable laptop for the average user!

            When I bought this laptop I really was very impressed on almost every aspect. The main reason for me buying this was because of the portability aspect. On that note I really found this laptop to be ideal to take when on journeys, going to college etc. Whilst it is portable which is a big advantage, I wasn't sure on what the keyboard, screen size etc would be like. As the screen size is just 8.9" I didn't like working for very long as it starts to strain your eyes. For watching a movie it is acceptable, however, after a while it does strain your eyes. The keyboard is a full QWERTY one which is ideal I found because you can write essays, emails etc very quickly as if you are on a full size keyboard.

            I didn't like how the laptop doesn't have a numerical pad because it is quite slow to type in numbers. The mouse pad is a decent size and is pefectly reasonable I found. Although I personally prefer and would recommend getting a small external mouse to make it a bit easier. The webcam in the top of the screen I thought was just ideal. I loved how it is compatable with MSN etc because that way I can speak to my friends and family easily via video chat. It is also 1.3MP which is impressive as the quality is very good. The laptop also features bluetooth which I found ideal whenever I wanted to share photo's and files with someone else's phone or laptop. It also has a

            The laptop has excellent wifi capabilities which is my favourite part of the laptop. It really is ideal for connecting to any network that may be available because I found it has very fast internet speeds. I was also very impressed by the range of the wifi. As for the general speed of the laptop it is quite reasonable. The 1GB of ram I thought was adequate for running general applications like Microsoft Office etc. Of course the specs are not good enough to play on games but as a fun laptop and internet device I found it to be ideal. I bought the laptop with Windows XP which is responsive and easy to use with a clean interface. Overall I would say as an internet device and work laptop this laptop is ideal.

            I bought the laptop for £300 which I thought was really an excellent buy given its features, performance and capabiltiies. The aesthetics and ergonomics of the laptop are equally impressive. I loved how there was a USB 2.0 port because it is really quick when transfering files including documents. The batteyr life was reasonably good however, I would have prefered it to have lasted a bit longer.

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            20.08.2009 09:58

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            Fantasic device if you are happy to shop and listen to music on it - not for work

            I was a bit dubious when buying this product as there were good and bad reviews people were complaining about expandable memory and performance.
            SERIOUSLY i doubt very much that for this price you can get better. For something this small i was suprised by the performance and how well it worked.

            I wouldnt say this is good for an everyday computer and work needs but more to play music, search the internet, do some shopping!

            It is very light and can be tucked away in a bag quite easily - i got this for travelling needs!

            The battery power is fairly good and i didnt expect it to last for days but it certainly does the job!

            There is definatly room for improvement for the Inspiron but to be honest by the time you have done all that you may as well buy a more expensive one to suit your needs.

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            04.06.2009 13:30
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            Small is beautiful

            This is something of a two-fold review. Mainly it will cover the Dell Mini9 netbook, which is after all the heading under which it is filed, but inevitably it will also cover the Vodafone mobile broadband contract under which it was bought.

            Computing has gone through a bit of an upheaval recently. Things used to be so much more straightforward; ever since I bought my first PC the standard domestic buyer would need to spend about £1000 to get something that could cope with all their needs, for a couple of years at least. When that machine began to show it's age you'd buy another for the same price but with a specification to match the current needs. This was true of the first three or four PCs I bought and only the most recent allowed me to spend under £800 and stay current. The same was broadly true of laptops, prohibitively expensive in the early days for quite a while they would cost a little more than a desktop and offer slightly lower performance but again the price would remain fairly constant while the specifications increased. This was all blown out of the water a couple of years ago when Asus produced the EeePC that was, frankly, nothing short of revolutionary. Whereas before you paid a premium for miniaturisation here a mainstream supplier had gone completely the other way and was offering a fully-fledged, yet tiny, laptop for peanuts (about £200 anyway).
            These days all the key manufacturers provide small, cheap laptops (although as these are often noticeably lower specced than normal laptops they are often referred to as netbooks).

            A nine-inch laptop - what's the point?
            As any bloke will tell you a gadget is its own justification but what Asus did is the holy grail of retailing - identify and exploit a gap in a saturated market. In our increasingly wired world many of us will now have a house full of IT kit; desktops, laptops, smart phones and so on. In my house we have the desktop, my work laptop, my own laptop, my iPhone, my wife's work laptop and my daughter's laptop. So when my own laptop packed up around Christmas I found myself in a bit of a dilemma. Not about whether to replace it, leaving myself one gadget down was never going to be an option, but what to replace it with. Ever since the EeePC came out (and further back in time the Toshiba Libretto) I've fancied one of these mini laptops. I've never bought into the laptop as desktop replacement so for me they have always had to be portable, but with the best will in the world affordable and decent laptops were usually knocking on for 3kg, light enough to be portable but heavy enough to make daily lugging on the train a pain.
            So, now that circumstances and technology have converged I could get down to the fun business of comparing and selecting some lovely technology to buy.
            First up was to lay down some minimum specs. Screen size (and therefore overall size) was the first consideration; I didn't need another full size laptop but wanted something a bit more usable than the iPhone. A nine inch screen

            Dell Inspiron Mini 9is more than usable, for short periods of time, and allows you to do pretty much everything you want to do on a PC. Next up was the operating system, purely in terms of pick up and go familiarity I wanted to have windows XP installed. One of the main reasons for getting a netbook (and hence the name) is the ability to get on-line when you're out and about, so connectivity is important. The final consideration was the usual build quality / reliability question.

            Looking around the market place there are several good options; with Samsung, Toshiba et al all offering models you should find one to suit. It was hard to find one that came out on top across the board and while the Dell isn't the best in all categories it really only falls down in one area, which I'll cover later, and it does have one significant advantage in terms of connectivity. In order to get internet access out and about, while not relying on wireless hot spots etc, you're going to have to sign up to a mobile broadband account. These are usually provided by the big mobile phone carriers and service is delivered via a dongle (a memory stick-like device that plugs into the laptop). The Dell's USP is that this modem is integrated into the netbook itself meaning that you don't need to carry around an extra piece of kit that is easily damaged and highly losable.
            The Dell Mini9 is, at the time of writing, only available through a Vodafone mobile broadband contract meaning shopping around is not an option. For 3g/gprs access with a 3GB monthly limit you will pay Vodafone £25 per month including VAT, based on a 24 month contract. Given that similarly rated access via a dongle will cost in the region of £15 per month this means that overall cost of the netbook is about £240 including VAT.

            The Dell Mini 9 ~
            Weighing a fraction under 1kg this is noticeable yet unobtrusive. Similar in size to a hardback novel it is smaller and lighter than most text books. The 8.9inch screen has a widescreen aspect and a glossy finish. Corners may have been cut to build the Mini to the budget but not with the screen, running with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 it is bright and clear with vivid colours and sharp text reproduction. The discrete power cable, not unlike a phone charger, adds about 200g to the overall carry weight.
            The Mini9 runs on the back of an Intel Atom 1.6GHz N270 processor, partnered with 1GB of memory. Performance is never going to be its strong point and it'll never be a match for the full size machines but that is not the point. It will run just fine with a single Office application open along with e-mail and internet ticking over in the background. Open a second or third application and you may begin to notice the difference but as long as you stay in 2D mode it is always workable. Watching video is a pleasure largely due to the excellent screen and another good use of the Mini9 when travelling. I haven't tried any proper games on it and I wouldn't expect it to be any great shakes but if it's a couple of years old and not too resource hungry you might get away with an old favourite.
            Given that it will spend its life bouncing around the bottom of bags a certain robustness is required, although this should not be at the expense of weight. The Mini9 achieves this and surpasses many other netbooks and budget laptops I've seen. Reassuringly the plastic casing is strong and there is no flex in the chassis, this contrasts with the full size budget Toshiba laptop I bought last year where money had clearly been saved on a more flimsy chassis.
            In terms of looks the Dell manages to achieve a high quality appearance, akin to higher end Sony's and Dell's. Glossy silver/grey and black panels make up the case and everything, keyboard, track pad, is pleasingly proportioned. A web cam is also integrated into the case.

            What's pleasing on the eye, however, isn't always pleasing in use. The slimmed down keyboard makes serious work a bit of a chore, the keys are uniformly a fraction smaller than normal and while this itself is liveable the right hand shift/cursor keys are significantly shrunk making them awkward to use. They've gone as far as dispensing with dedicated Function keys altogether - instead relegating them to secondary FN key functions along the middle ASD row - and have done away with F11 and F12 completely. The keyboard is perfectly usable for light Office use and internet surfing but any attempt to touch type at speed will prove tricky.
            I'm not a big fan of track pads, and if I was using the netbook more seriously I would plug in a mouse, but the one supplied here is as comfortable to use as any I've used before. Virtually full size it is easy to use with the right degree of sensitivity

            The second negative is far more important, and may well be a deal breaker for many. The Mini9 has a paltry 8GB SSD hard drive, surely the smallest currently supplied. Given that nearly 4GB of that is taken by the XP installation and a further 1GB by necessary utilities, that doesn't leave a lot for the user. I have managed to squeeze in a slimmed down MS Office set as well as some all important net applications (who can live without Google Earth?) but I'm left to juggle about 1.5GB of spare capacity. An internal SD card reader has alleviated data storage constraints to some degree as I have added an 8GB card (£10 from Amazon) but I'm still switching additional applications in and out in a way I haven't done since my first PC. Obviously, with a unit this size there is no optical drive.
            The PC comes pre-installed with the usual software suspects and given the paltry HD supplied most of these will be stripped out ASAP. The resource hungry MS Works and McAfee security suites are the first to go followed by the unnecessary Google Desktop. These can be replaced by the more useful, and free, Open Office suite and equally free Avira anti virus. There are also a whole host of wireless/broadband/connectivity applications installed but as I don't know what they all specifically do I've had to leave them in place.

            In terms of connectivity the Mini9 has pretty much all the bases covered. The internal HSDPA adapter allows 3g and GPRS mobile broadband access at very acceptable speeds. Google Earth downloaded and installed in around a minute and streamed audio/video has been handled comfortably. Connecting to my home wireless network was predictably straightforward with XP's wizards leading the way and there is an Ethernet port for wired network connection. Bluetooth is available but there is no infrared.
            In addition to the SD slot there are three USB 2.0 slots split across both sides, a serial port for outputting to a monitor or projector and jacks for microphone and headphones.

            I've found the battery life quite impressive. I use this mostly at work where my current client declines to provide internet access to freelancers. Turning it on at around 9:00am it will run constantly until midday before giving any low battery warnings and I've used it to drive two hour presentations and used barely half the battery. It should easily cope with viewing a film and some serious surfing between charges.
            When I purchased this from the Vodafone showroom I was also given a couple of extra items as sweeteners. First was a carry case, more of a protective wallet/pouch as it fits the Mini9 very snugly with no room for anything else, including the power cable. This was retailing at £15 and even if it isn't thrown in I would recommend buying one just to keep it protected in transit. Like a little Russian doll the free carry case also came with a couple of free gifts inside. This time there was a screen cleaner and cloth set and an 8GB SanDisk Cruzer memory stick, the memory stick comes with U3 software that allows some software (Open Office for example) to be run from the stick rather than the internal hard drive further relieving the pressure on HD capacity. All very useful and all worth buying separately if not included. A PAYG sim card was also thrown in.

            Vodafone~
            The showroom staff were helpful and patient when I was setting up the contract and didn't try to push any extras onto me. They did sneakily add an insurance package (£3.50 a month) but this could be cancelled over the phone the next day. Everything was arranged there and then and by the time I got back to the office an hour later I was able to get online straightaway. The Vodafone Mobile Connect software makes hooking up to the internet very easy and includes some useful features for managing your usage. This is very important when you're on a strictly limited tariff, going over your monthly allowance can be costly. I was initially concerned that the 3GB monthly limit might prove a problem but this has not been the case. If your surfing is of the Web 1.0 variety (calling up web pages, viewing and then moving on) then 3GB is plenty and you could almost run it 24/7. If you are more of a Web 2.0 style user (uploading and downloading content) you should still find this plenty but you will need to keep an eye on the usage metres if you are streaming a lot of video etc. After four months of use I have barely managed to clear 2GB in any month although I have cheated by deferring any software updates for when I'm connected to my home network.
            I have had no problems connecting to the mobile broadband service, the Connect software will usually detect and connect in about 30 seconds and the number of dropped connections can be counted on one hand. All my usage has been in London where you would expect coverage to be good so I can't comment on life outside the M25 but Vodafone claim 80% coverage in the UK. Broadband speeds are a murky area at best, both for mobile and fixed line, but Vodafone are well regarded in the trade papers and as I've said I've no complaints with speeds.

            In summary~
            On the plus side the Mini9 is small but beautifully formed. It is light yet robust and has a great screen. The integrated modem makes it a virtually unique all-in-one mobile broadband/netbook package. The Dell/Vodafone partnership is well met; quality hardware allied to reliable connectivity has so far been faultless.
            On the minus side the keyboard can be constraining for serious use and the paltry hard drive capacity is an unwelcome reminder of early PC's. Being internal the modem cannot be shared with other computers.
            These negatives are all relative though. Realistically this will be your second or even third, PC so the number of applications you need to run on it should be limited. Likewise, alternative storage options can be used, online or networked for example, and capacious SD cards and memory sticks are now so cheap that you should have plenty of storage space for all that digital media we need to get by on.

            Conclusion~
            As gadgets go this is a good one, it might even justify itself for its own usefulness. I ummed and ahhed for a good while before going for this option but after several months usage I have no regrets. All the drawbacks were clear before I took the plunge and there have been no nasty surprises since. Recommended.

            Also posted on Ciao under brereton66

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              30.05.2009 06:43

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              Perfect for travelling

              After my sister got an Acer netbook with the 3 networks deal, I decided to get a Dell Mini 9 with Vodafone built in broadband.

              For £25 a month, you get both the 8.9 inch netbook and 3gb of useage per month. Over the 24 month contract if you take away the Dell price of £300 for the machine, the net connection costs around £12 per month which is very fair.

              The machine itself is small and nice looking with its shiny black lid and silver keys on the keyboard. Being a netbook, the keyboard is small but not uncomfortably small that your fingers simply do not fit on the keys. Unlike the Acer from free, the Dell has its mouse pad buttons underneath the track pad which is comfortable, unlike the Acers left and right configuration.

              In terms of perfomance, don't expect some mega machine which is going to handle heavy and large applications. This machine is perfect for internet surfing and small word processing documents - I wouldn't recommend it for writing essays on.

              Overall, the netbook is a smart machine which is perfect for Facebook and the like, but don't expect miracles from it.

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              22.03.2009 19:01
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              Great for internet on the move

              The DELL 910 is a very compact and lightweight netbook. With Windows XP pre-installed along with various other useful programs, this netbook can be stretched to beyond just internet browsing.

              Although there isn't a massive amount of space on the on-board flash drive, compression can increase it to 7GB, and with the pre-installed utilities taking up 5GB, there's still 2GB to play with. A respectable 1GB RAM means this device is also quite speedy.

              My device is set for use with Vodafone 3G and the software for this is simple to use and network coverage is fine.. Although whilst on the move the connection can sometimes drop on the 3G network, but that's more of the 3G providers fault than the laptop. Away from 3G, the netbook also has WiFi and LAN connectivity.

              Battery life is very good, around 3-4 hours if just browsing, obviously a little less if you're using processor\memory intensive applications

              The only down side is that to make this device as lightweight as it is, Dell haven't weighted the bottom, so sometimes lifting and closing the screen can cause the whole unit to shift if you forget to hold the bottom.

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                21.02.2009 00:01
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                it amazes me how you can do everything on such a small computer

                This is a brilliant gadget. Small and light enough to travel with easily yet as powerful as a regular sized laptop. It is a very attractive piece of kit too and the piano black case looks very cool and stylish. The wireless conectivity, quality integrated webcam and microphone are excellent for staying in touch when away and the bluetooth function is great for storing or sharing photos direct from a mobile with a 16GB solid state hard drive giving adequate space. I am particularly impressed with the quality clear screen images.
                The XP version is fast and seamless but I have heard that alternative Linux systems can be a bit slow.
                Despite its small size and being lightwieght it is sturdy and strong and is tough enough to be taken on travels. It is also small enough to be a laptop in the true sense of the word and will sit comfortably on a knee.
                The only thing that I think is a drawback is the lack of a DVD/CD ROM drive which is a shame as playing DVD's on the train or in a hotel room would have added great benefit.

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