All eyes may be on Dell's newer Inspiron Mini 10 netbook right now, but that doesn't stop loyal tinkerers wanting to add some extra oomph to their Dell Inspiron Mini 9 machines. Arch-modder JKK has flipped out the standard SSD that Dell supply with the 8.9-inch budget ultraportable and replaced it with an 128GB RunCore SSD.
Buffalo have announced two new SSD upgrade kits for the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook. Available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, the chips replace the standard SSD storage in the budget ultraportable, which can be specified with as little as 4GB from Dell themselves.
If you've been interested in the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 but were waiting for a few more additional features to be added, then you're in luck. What was previously only available outside the US is now available in the states.
You can add on 3G to your Mini 9 during the customization process now. Selecting this option makes it so a 7.2Mbps HSPA card is installed in your new computer, making it so you can have access to AT&T's network. You can add this feature for $125, but if you sign up for a two-year data plan, you'll get a $120 discount on the spot.
You also now have the option of adding a 32GB solid state drive. You'll have to shell out an extra $100, but for the added durability and safety of your information, it's probably worth it. All new options are available today.
The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is the latest netbook to get an aftermarket touchscreen. The work of MyDellMini forum member Deldotb, the touchscreen connects via USB and, with Linux drivers easily available, works throughout the netbook system.
Video demos of the Inspiron Mini 9 touchscreen mod after the cut
Dell have doubled the amount of solid-state storage available on their Inspiron Mini 9 netbook, in the shape of a new 32GB SSD option. A $100 upgrade from the basic 4GB drive, the new 32GB brings the Mini 9 neatly back into competition with the latest Eee PC models.
Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 netbook has been the recipient of a storage upgrade in Japan, together with a few new splashes of color. As of Tuesday November 18th, the 8.9-inch netbook will be available with red and pink lids, as well as the original white and black options. The storage change, meanwhile, is in the shape of the "Platinum Package" which throws out the standard flash memory in favor of a 32GB SSD.
It looks as though Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 netbook may be further delayed, with some order shipping dates reportedly extended to November 18th. The netbook first encountered a hitch back in September, with reported problems sourcing the chassis assembly; now it appears that a back-order delay in the "LED cover" won't be fulfilled until at least the second week in November.
Dell has been shipping upgraded versions of their Inspiron Mini 9 netbook with unusable storage, after models were built using a software image that only recognized the basic 4GB SSD. The issue arose with netbooks where customers had specified larger, optional SSD capacity - 8GB or 16GB - which Dell's stock installation of Ubuntu was not set up to use.
Dell's partnership with carrier Vodafone UK has meant that, for the cost of a two-year data contract, users can have a "free" Inspiron Mini 9 netbook and 3G HSDPA connectivity without the hassle or bulk of an external dongle. Pocket-lint have reviewed the WWAN-integrated Mini 9, and come away with mixed feelings: having everything built in is great, but some of the other hardware choices are disappointing.