As expected, Dell today officially unveiled its own netbook offering, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9
. There aren't many surprises, as previous leaks have pretty much revealed all of the systemís features and design, but itís still exciting to see a major player offer a decent alternative to the current crop of low-cost laptops.
The new device features an Intel Atom Diamondville processor with 512MB/1GB RAM, 4/8/16GB SSD options, webcam, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a bright 8.9-inch glossy LED display. In addition, Dell has teamed up with Box.net
to offer web-based file storage and sharing to users of the Inspiron Mini 9, including a free Basic plan with 2GB of remote storage space.
Only the Windows XP version is available now for $399 (or $449 fully specíd), but the $349 Ubuntu flavor should be just a few weeks away. Also, if you can wait until 6 a.m. tomorrow, youíll be able to get a Mini for just $99
with the purchase of a Studio 15
, XPS M1530
or XPS M1330
through 6 a.m. September 9.