The evolution of the netbook

22 netbooks in 18 months

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 : Dell finally entered the market. The leading PC vendor was late to the netbook party and failed to enthral us with its modest offering. The Inspiron Mini 9 had an 8.9in screen, a solid state drive (16GB), an Intel Atom N270 CPU (1.6GHz), and 1GB of RAM. It got quite warm during regular usage, making it uncomfortable to use on your lap, but it was also difficult to type on. Despite its poor design, the Mini 9 was the unit of choice for mobile phone vendors. By integrating their 3G modules into its 3G slot mobile phone vendors offered it as part of their mobile broadband plans. If you didn’t get the Mini 9 on a mobile phone plan, it would have cost you $599.

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