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    News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 has always been a pricey prospect in the netbook market, but Tesco's current offer makes it a touch more interesting.
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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    This is also the best preinstalled netbook OS by a sterling mile - unlike an Eee or AA1, adding software or customizing it is literally just a case of ticking a button from a choice of thousands of things, and advanced features (e.g. VPN access) are trivial to set up too

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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    Dell must be gagging to turn hardware into cash, to deal with Tesco on a deal like that!

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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    It's currently showing up as £199.

    Still, you can always get a few quid back using QuidCo
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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    Quote Originally Posted by pauldarkside View Post
    It's currently showing up as £199.
    At the old VAT rate. There is a note that says that the VAT rate will be corrected at the checkout. If you do the calculation, it shows the VAT inclusive price at the new rate as £194.77

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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    Doh, my bad. Although it's a bit poor that they can't figure out how to show the actual price.
    My only concern is should I hide my true identity? A costume maybe?

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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    That's a really good deal.
    As i did in my own review of Ubuntu MID / Netbook Remix (or whatever they are going to end up properly calling it), the layer which adds the large icons is really worthwhile and makes it very user friendly.
    I can't see any evidence that Dell add this to their machine, so if anyone buys one (or recommends one etc), i'd advise it.
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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    Quote Originally Posted by MSIC View Post
    That's a really good deal.
    As i did in my own review of Ubuntu MID / Netbook Remix (or whatever they are going to end up properly calling it), the layer which adds the large icons is really worthwhile and makes it very user friendly.
    I can't see any evidence that Dell add this to their machine, so if anyone buys one (or recommends one etc), i'd advise it.
    Dell are one of the key forces behind the netbook GUI. It's definitely part of the default install on the mini.

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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    Looks perfect for my mum
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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    Dell are one of the key forces behind the netbook GUI. It's definitely part of the default install on the mini.
    Ok Cool, i didnt know that.
    Did they actually develop it, do you know?
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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    Quote Originally Posted by MSIC View Post
    Ok Cool, i didnt know that.
    Did they actually develop it, do you know?
    No, not according to the copyrights in the package, but they're a canonical partner - presumably there were cashes involved somewhere

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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    Quote Originally Posted by MSIC View Post
    That's a really good deal.
    Agreed on that. <&#163;200 is superb.

    If it had a 720p (aka 1280x720 or more) screen, I'd probably have chosen this over my HP 2133.

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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    Too good a deal to ignore as far as I was concerned! Ordered on Thursday, collected from local Tesco on Saturday afternoon. The Ubuntu O/S is much more usable than several previous versions of Linux that I looked at a couple of years ago, and it was quickly connected to my home wireless network, although I had to change the wifi channel the router was using from 12 to 1 to get the netbook to see a signal. I cranked up Firefox and loaded the Foxmarks add-on, and there were all my bookmarks ready to go. The lack of a HDD is a big plus as far as I'm concerned.
    Yesterday I splashed out &#163;17.50 on a Crucial 2GB memory update, which arrived this morning - great service from Crucial - other users have reported getting a good performance boost from this upgrade; a service manual is available to download from the Dell website that clearly shows how to do the mod, so that's my task for this evening; I have also got a 16GB SD card and a Bluetooth GPS module on order as I intend to try using the netbook as a satnav as well as for net browsing.
    Next task is to get it working with my '3' mobile broadband USB dongle - there seems to be plenty of support for this available on the Ubuntu forum so I'm looking forward to the challenge - it's a shame that '3' don't provide Linux support for this device as there are a lot of people who want to connect these things to their netbooks.
    Update - following the advice on the Ubuntu forum, I was able to get the netbook to use the '3' 3G dongle for a mobile connection. See http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=595064 for more info on this.
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    Re: News - Tesco makes sense of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 with £195 price-tag

    There are a few HP 2133-specific forums on the Internet.

    They might offer "specific" advice that can't be found here. Remember to "Beans" it all back to Hexus, though.

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