There are a lot out now and all the netbooks are without cd/dvd roms. You can get an external one.
The one I have is a solid state drive (only 16gb drive). I'd have to look to see if the dell's have a regular hard drive.
If you are interested in one, the MSI Wind and the Asus EEE PC are two great ones too.
I get about 4 hours of use on the battery with the mini 9. It's a neat little toy and they are finally taking off. Don't expect them to do a lot of heavy use though, you have to realize what they are built for and use them within that means...
I'm the network admin at our university and I take it to the dorms and do my network tests with it. Make sure all is working fine in the dorms.
When I get it to the house, I do a lot of web surfing on it. They are slower than normal machines and you have to have patience. Just even loading the web browser takes more time. Once all is going, it's a nice lil machine to have around.
I've tried running office on it, and it's ok. I wouldn't recommend heavy office application use, but it is able to watch videos just fine.
They weigh next to nothing, so that's a huge advantage of them... My biggest complaint is the small keyboard... my fat fingers always hit more than one key. I can type the real way and I find myself just using my index finger to type on it. It's quicker that way.
Was thinking about getting the Better Half one for Christmas, but she's not gonna like the keyboard, maybe will have to look at a regular laptop-any recomendations on a small one. I am on my second one with the number pad built in. These are a little big for what she would use hers for. We have an Ambulance Billing business and we run all Dell Vostros right now-been happy but dont know about their laptops.
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