dell,  umpc

Dell Inspiron 910

Ok, so we all know that I’ve spent waaaay too much time obsessing over the Foleo. I can admit that. But today I ordered the device that I hope can replace my desire to have a Foleo, the Dell Inspiron 910; aka the “mini 9”.

So that is the good news. The bad news is that because the ultra-light/UMPC market is so hot right now, the expected ship date for my black Dell mini 9 isn’t until 11/19/08!!

I’ll keep you posted.


  • Ben Combee

    BTW, I’ve started calling my Mini 9 the “Delleo”. I like it, but I find my Asus Eee 1000H to be more useful, with a better keyboard, more storage space, and a more useful battery life. However, the Mini 9 is very nice for watching video, either from the SD card or with SlingBox.

  • Alan Grassia, Staff Writer

    Thanks for the tip Ben. I’ll have to think about canceling that order. Since I ordered from the corporate side, it could end up being a royal PITA.However, I still have my “Delleo” fund that I was never able to use. Maybe I’ll get one just for me for my trips to Florida in November and December.Alan G

  • Ben Combee

    I’m on the fence with my Mini 9… I’d thinking that I may sell it and get a Mini 12 when they come out. It depends on what the weight of the 12″ one ends up being and how much it costs.My biggest two problems with the Mini 9 are the keyboard (not great, with missing F11/F12, oddly shaped keys, and baffling layout) and the glossy screen (it’s bright and the resolution is good, but it’s also very reflective).

  • Alan Grassia, Staff Writer

    I have to agree, that a lot of mobile tech is subject to the user’s preferences. There are only two vendor’s hardware that I can use for this type of “personal computing”: Dell and Palm.So my work choices are kind of limited here. The biggest motivator is weight for us. I recently weighed some fully loaded laptop bags for the guys who frequent the airport, and the lightest bag weighed in at 15.5lbs for the Latitude D630, accessories (mouse, power brick, spare battery, etc) and the Wall St. Journal.The “Delleo” is suppose to weigh in at under 3lbs and should still make s nice travel computer for my executives and other senior management staff.Alan G