Once thought to be a dying breed, UMPCs (also known as netbooks) have hung around the laptop market and are finally gaining some momentum. As more people look for inexpensive, lightweight secondary laptops to fulfill basic computing needs like Web surfing and e-mail, they are turning toward UMPCs. Recognizing this trend, Dell joins the game with the Inspiron Mini 9 ($399 direct for XP version with E-Value code, regularly $474), sharing space with such systems as the ASUS EeePC 900, the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC , the Acer Aspire One, the MSI Wind, and the Lenovo IdeaPad S10. Despite all the time Dell has had to develop a great product, the final result isn't quite enough to overtake the MSI Wind, our Editors' Choice in this category.Bottom Line
The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 doesn't advance the development of UMPCs, but it does give you a solid system and a great price.
Runs the Intel Atom platform. Weighs only 2.3 pounds. Very responsive mouse buttons. Well-priced with eValue code.
Keyboard is too small. Needs a bigger battery option. Limited to SSD hard drive option.