Just because you want the portability of a netbook does not mean that you need to sacrifice much in terms of capacity. It has now been revealed that the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook can be loaded with a 32GB solid state drive.
As you may recall, when the first batch Asus Eee PCs first flooded the market, you could not find one with more than 4GB of internal storage capacity by way of a solid state drive. As the netbook market matured, we started to see some units with 8GB or even 16GB solid state drives, as well as several that got loaded with conventional spinning platters for up to 120GB of hard drive space.
Seeing how most people will have a hard time surviving with just four gigs of on-board storage, it’s great to see that Dell is finally opening up the little subnotebook to larger storage options. There is still no officially way to get a conventional hard drive in there, but the bigger SSDs go a long way. And they’re pretty cheap to boot.
The base configuration of the Dell Mini 9 still sits at $349, but you can bump that 4GB SSD up to a 32-gigger for just $100 more. This means that a 32GB Mini 9 is just $449. That’s not the same capacity as a 120GB Eee PC 1000H, but you have to remember that this is a SSD and not a HDD.
If you want to save a little money, Dell is also offering the Dell Mini 9 with optional upgrades to an 8GB SSD or 16GB SSD for a $35 or $75 premium, respectively.