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Dell Mini £199.00

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7y, 11m agoFound 7 years, 11 months ago
First post so please be kind, was looking out for a Netbook recently and noticed that Dell seem to have sucumbed to the recent Tesco deal and dropped their price as well to £199. For this config:

Intel ® Atom Processor N270 (1.60GHz, 533MHz, 512K cache)
Ubuntu 8.04
1Yr Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
Web Camera NOT included
Black
8.9" WSVGA (WLED) Truelife Display
512MB 533MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
4GB Solid State Hard Drive
Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator 500
Dell 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Mini-Card
4-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (32 WHr)

Only downside i can see is that it has Linux but seeing as the more expensive config has XP on it i guess it is compatible for a DIY XP upgrade.

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#1
Looks ok but can ask what have you been doing since December 2006, are we that nasty on here?:?
#2
Welcome to HUKD Phillbot :thumbsup:
#3
mikebike
Looks ok but can ask what have you been doing since December 2006, are we that nasty on here?:?


:-D :-D :-D :-D
#4
mikebike
Looks ok but can ask what have you been doing since December 2006, are we that nasty on here?:?


pmsl!!!


Ive only ever had one dell laptop, long time ago. it was good but wasnt impressed with the build quality. bit surprising coming from dell. Im sure they have improved now. My current laptop is a ibm t42 and its solid as a rock :) had it a few years and zero problems so far.

Regarding spec on this, Im not so sure on this dell. You can get the Asus EEE, for example, from ebuyer its double the ram and hard disk for about a tenner more,
#5
mikebike
Looks ok but can ask what have you been doing since December 2006, are we that nasty on here?:?


Good question, just got some new batteries for my keyboard and can finally type again:-D

Cant believe i registered that long ago and have not participated actually and no, people are not generally nasty on this site, in fact there are a lot of threads that have really made me laugh.
#6
Not as good as tesco deal as the tesco mini has 1gb of ram and 8gb of solid state memory
#7
saladdodger
Not as good as tesco deal as the tesco mini has 1gb of ram and 8gb of solid state memory


Tesco one is out of stock though
#8
doh !!
#9
If you do buy it, try Linux before you overwrite it with XP. I've been very impressed with Ubuntu Linux and how easy it is to add functionality when you need it. It comes with OpenOffice (also available for Mac and Windows) which is way better than Microsoft Works. The Gimp (also available for Windows and Mac) is a very close competitor to Adobe Photoshop.

I love the fact that you can access the internals via removable covers on the bottom of the Dell Netbook so that you can replace/upgrade the memory and hard disk. The solid-state hard drive that comes with the Dell is a pretty slow model so you might well want to upgrade it sometime. Still, I'd pay the extra £30 to get the next model up with double the memory (1GB) and double the disk capacity (8GB).
#10
Can you pop is a standard 2.5" hard drive.
#11
phanco
Can you pop is a standard 2.5" hard drive.


[FONT="Verdana"]Unfortunately not - the Dell Mini 9 and the suggest ASUS EEE 900A netbooks use PCI-E SSDs for internal disk storage, so there is no room within them for a 2.5" SATA hard disk. There have been multiple attempts to do this with a mixed amount of success.

What are your specific requirements and hopefully we can provide some input & advice.

PS - Forgot to advise that this Dell netbook is the entry-level model provided by Dell - the next model up would have an 8GB PCI-E SSD and 1GB of RAM instead.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#12
I've ben watching the various threads and missed out on the asda aspire. Just looking for a cheap way to get an xp capable netbook for the missus - just basic surfing, word etc - she has an inspiron 1300 15.4" laptop which has been great but she facnies somethign smaller sexier and "piano black preferrably" !!
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phanco
I've ben watching the various threads and missed out on the asda aspire. Just looking for a cheap way to get an xp capable netbook for the missus - just basic surfing, word etc - she has an inspiron 1300 15.4" laptop which has been great but she facnies somethign smaller sexier and "piano black preferrably" !!


[FONT="Verdana"]Mmm...listed below is a post I made, which has a list of pretty much all of the netbook deals out there on this website (added in a subnotebook deal as well).

Compiled Netbook Deals
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4284574&postcount=3468

Plus there's also the most recent off of the Advent 4211-C netbook as well.

Advent 4211-C Refurbished Notebook £205.79 Delivered @ Dixons
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338110

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#14
These entry level 4GB models have been available in the US for ages; they may not have much storage space but they're great for basic email, browsing etc. An extra £30 buys 1gig of RAM and an 8 gig SSD, but for anyone contemplating upgrading RAM and SSD, this is a way of saving a few quid.

It's a pity the 16gig model is increasing in price.
#15
Kuma
These entry level 4GB models have been available in the US for ages; they may not have much storage space but they're great for basic email, browsing etc. An extra £30 buys 1gig of RAM and an 8 gig SSD, but for anyone contemplating upgrading RAM and SSD, this is a way of saving a few quid.

It's a pity the 16gig model is increasing in price.


[FONT="Verdana"]Myself from using an ASUS EEE 701/4G Surf I would prefer a netbook with more than 4GB worth of internal storage, as it can be a pain keeping an eye on the disk usage and having to archive off data or re-compress files & directories.

A larger PCI-E SSD is not that cheap just yet but agree that an 8GB SDHC (would recommend a Class 6 model for performance) would work for hosting data and/or low-level software packages - I'm off to do the same thing with a 16GB SDHC that I've purchased off of Amazon UK.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#16
[FONT="Verdana"]Note that there is a user community website & forum in place if you need support for it (assuming that members have purchased this) - I've provided links to it below.

MyDellMini • Dell Inspiron Mini Blog
http://www.mydellmini.com/

MyDellMini • Forum
http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#17
Either MyDellMini or the Eee PC forums would be the best place to get answers to those questions.

Not that it's available here, but for info only, the same model is avalable, today only, in the US for $199: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&oc=DNDOXZ1&s=dhs&dgc=CJ&cid=27811&lid=981910&acd=10650242-1727683-


Scotty Boy
[FONT="Verdana"
A larger PCI-E SSD is not that cheap just yet but agree that an 8GB SDHC (would recommend a Class 6 model for performance) would work for hosting data and/or low-level software packages - I'm off to do the same thing with a 16GB SDHC that I've purchased off of Amazon UK.
Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]


Sounds good to me. 16GB is the good price point now, but hopefully 32gig will come down in price soon.

I didn't make myself clear; for £229, (an extra £30), Dell sell the 8gig SSD, 1gig RAM version iwhich s probably better value for most people, but if you're going to replace internal components, you might as well start with the base model.

I wonder if the Mini 10 will affect Mini 9 prices....
#18
Kuma
Either MyDellMini or the Eee PC forums would be the best place to get answers to those questions.

Not that it's available here, but for info only, the same model is avalable, today only, in the US for $199: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&oc=DNDOXZ1&s=dhs&dgc=CJ&cid=27811&lid=981910&acd=10650242-1727683-




Sounds good to me. 16GB is the good price point now, but hopefully 32gig will come down in price soon.

I didn't make myself clear; for £229, (an extra £30), Dell sell the 8gig SSD, 1gig RAM version iwhich s probably better value for most people, but if you're going to replace internal components, you might as well start with the base model.

I wonder if the Mini 10 will affect Mini 9 prices....


[FONT="Verdana"]Ironically enough I'm in America just now and was looking at the netbook options over here - only catch is the sale taxes plus the warranty applied to them doesn't necessarily carry over to the UK with a few of them.

Note that a 2GB DIMM for this model series of netbook will set you back £20.69p (including free delivery) from Crucial UK, so it maybe easier to go for the next model up (the one you've mentioned)...just wanted to put that out there as well for people to consider before purchasing this netbook...of course IF you already have the memory available then you would be covered going for this entry level model.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! [/FONT]
#19
mumbojumbo
Mac OSX takes up 7GB. Can apps like Office 2008 for MAC run off an SD card?

Anyone seen cheap Runcores?


[FONT="Verdana"]Its my understanding that you can trim down the Mac OS X installation files to provide additional free disk space for the operating system - with regards to the applications you've mentioned I believe it can but would recommend checking out the forum over at the My Dell Mini User Community website (the links can be found on an earlier post by me).

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/339856/showpost.php?p=4395387&postcount=17

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#20
Just a thought: Does anyone have any idea if you could buy a hard disk netbook and then choose to run the netbook from an SD card on the move? This would mean you could get better battery life on the move (as the disk isn't spinning) but also have loads of storage if needed. I'm sure this isn't possible as I've never heard of it being done.
#21
phanco
Can you pop is a standard 2.5" hard drive.


You could always get:

- online storage
- external usb hard drive
- memory stick/key
#22
Voted cold, appaling quality compared to HP 2133 at £180-190
#23
The mini 9 is great and looks & feels better quality than others Ive tried.
Tesco are back up to £249 now for the 8gb ssd and 1gb ram.
Ubuntu will still be fine with the lower spec one, then upgrade the ssd to a runcore when they come down in price you could have a cracking little machine that runs OSX, and they boot a lot faster than a macbook air with HDisk.
#24
kenan557
Voted cold, appaling quality compared to HP 2133 at £180-190


which parts in particular?
#25
I was actually quite impressed with the quality of the Dell. The HP does have a nicer screen res admittedly, but the Dell has double the battery life (and without a protruding battery bump either).

Even with 8GB flash you kinda struggle for space though: win xp + office + hibernation + pagefile takes 7GB. You could probably trim it more than that, but it's not leaving much for extra apps.
#26
l weasy l
Just a thought: Does anyone have any idea if you could buy a hard disk netbook and then choose to run the netbook from an SD card on the move?


You can do this with Linux. No idea about XP though.
#27
What's wrong with Dell's site these days - Can't even get to that deal... Been trying all day !

Anybody else having problems ?
#28
Brains
What's wrong with Dell's site these days - Can't even get to that deal... Been trying all day !

Anybody else having problems ?


Dell site works fine here but the link to this thread is VERY slow for me too
#29
Wenchybev
Dell site works fine here but the link to this thread is VERY slow for me too


Dell is not fine at all !

If you go to Dell's site at [url]www.dell.co.uk[/url] and try to even configure / customize any desktop or laptop deal... You wont be able too...

I mean that's what I thought Dell was all about 'Build Your Own' and you bloody can't - Not so far today anyways !

Or is it just me ?
#30
Dell have just reduced evalue code N02B0916 to £219

This has 1GB ram and 8gb SSD running Linux...

I'll give you a link that I know will take you to a page on dell that works:
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/laptop-inspiron-9?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=mn

You can add that straight to your basket without any speed issues....

It's the customisation functionality on dell's site that is *ucked !

Also Bluetooth and Webcam !!

i have posted this deal here http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/343763/dell-mini-9-for-219-intel-atom-1gb-/
#31
Yesterday, I finally settled on an Acer Aspire One:

Acer Aspire One A110-AW / Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz / 1GB / 16GB SSD / 8.9" / Linux / NetBook / White - £200
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/8055007/Acer-Aspire-One-A110-AW-Intel-Atom-N270-1-6GHz-1GB-16GB-SSD-8-9-Linux-NetBook-White/Product.html
#32
I have one of there and it has a issue and i had to contact dell and let me tell you it was the worst customer service I've ever dealt with i was pushed from pillow to post and they could all not seem to understand English in the end i rang tesco and said i wasn't pleased and the told me to take back to the store. The worst thing was dell passed me to 3 different tech guys and i explained to each one it was a issue with the Finnish not the component's and that i didn't need technical support.
#33
Brains
Dell is not fine at all !

If you go to Dell's site at [url]www.dell.co.uk[/url] and try to even configure / customize any desktop or laptop deal... You wont be able too...

I mean that's what I thought Dell was all about 'Build Your Own' and you bloody can't - Not so far today anyways !

Or is it just me ?


working here - screen shot / example below

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/Wenchybev/Untitled-1.jpg
#34
[FONT="Garamond"][COLOR="Black"]NAME THIEF![/COLOR][/FONT]

:p
#35
l weasy l
Just a thought: Does anyone have any idea if you could buy a hard disk netbook and then choose to run the netbook from an SD card on the move? This would mean you could get better battery life on the move (as the disk isn't spinning) but also have loads of storage if needed. I'm sure this isn't possible as I've never heard of it being done.


Yes, I have done this with my Wind U100. I installed Ubuntu on a 16GB class 6 card. It works just as well as on the hard drive, but even with a class 6 card it is quite sluggish, particularly when writing, for obvious reasons. I would say that it is doable and tolerable rather than desirable.

philbot
[FONT="Garamond"][COLOR="Black"]NAME THIEF![/COLOR][/FONT]

:p


Yes, you are. Aren't you. :pirate:
#36
l weasy l;4436106
Just a thought: Does anyone have any idea if you could buy a hard disk netbook and then choose to run the netbook from an SD card on the move?


You can't on the Dell, cos the bios doesn't allow bootup from SD card.
#37
If you want black then you might aswell go for the £20 upgrade to double both the RAM and hard drive
#38
kenan557
Voted cold, appaling quality compared to HP 2133 at £180-190

[FONT="Verdana"]
I suppose it all depends on people's tastes and requirements - I work heavily with HP hardware but I know other people who detest use them and prefer other vendor's hardware.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#39
robster113
If you want black then you might aswell go for the £20 upgrade to double both the RAM and hard drive


[FONT="Verdana"]Agree, as getting a larger capacity PCI-E SSD is not going to be cheap especially if purchasing within the UK - if I remember it correctly a 2GB DIMM for this model of netbook was going to set you back just over £20.00p when purchasing it from Crucial UK.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#40
Access to Dell seems to be working now !:thumbsup:

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