Upon removing the Dell Mini 9 from its box it gives a good first impression, with the black glossy finish on the lid giving the machine a smart and business like look. At 232 x 27.2-31.7 x 172mm and weighing 1kg, the Dell Mini 9 is tiny, roughly the same size as competing 8.9” products such as the Eee PC 901 and the Acer Aspire One.
Opening the lid reveals a continuation of the modern, professional look we saw on the outside. Despite having different coloured parts, the black and the light grey contrast surprisingly well in the flesh and it looks quite attractive as opposed to looking like a cheaply produced toy.
In addition to the aesthetics, the Dell Mini feels surprisingly well built. Many sub-portable machines these days feel poorly made, especially those that are priced in a budget range. The Dell is incredibly well built though and fills you with confidence. Everything is solid and tight, the plastics do not flex and part and it feels like an exceptionally durable machine.
Placed on the right side of the laptop are a 10/100 LAN port, VGA output, USB port and audio jacks. Moving to the left side you’ll find two USB ports, a memory card reader and a Kensington lock slot.
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