Christmas in July? Our Dell Mini-Notebook Wish List

badsanta.jpgYesterday, CEO Michael Dell confirmed that his company would be releasing a low-cost mini-notebook to compete with HP’s 2133 and Asus’s Eee PC in the near future. Similar to Dell’s competitors, the laptop would be geared towards the education market and will probably cost around $500. And like other mini notebooks, it would likely have a lot of cross-over appeal for everyone from busy moms on the go to road warriors. “We do see opportunities for very interesting products that are smaller and lighter and address the more mobile users in a very cost-effective way,” Dell said. Dell’s comments were in response to a Dow Jones story quoting an unnamed official at Compal, who said that the company would begin delivering 200,000 to 300,000 low-cost notebooks a month to Dell as early as June. So now that the cat’s out of the bag, what do you imagine Dell’s new laptop will look like? We trolled Dell’s Ideastorm, and after looking through a number of posts on what users would like to see, created a “consensus” machine: REALISTIC OPTIONS: Price: $399 to $429 Screen size: 9 inches Processor: Intel Atom or VIA Isaiah Memory: 2GB Operating System: Windows Vista or Linux Hard Drive: 80GB/7,200 rpm or SSD Wireless: 802.11n, Bluetooth Card Slots: ExpressCard/54 Battery life: At least 6 hours PROPOSED BELLS AND WHISTLES: Integrated WiMax Tablet functionality DVD-CDR/RW combo drive Of course, Dell already has a sub-$500 notebook: the 15.4-inch Vostro 1000 is $399. But can the company shrink everything down, and still keep it cheap? Cramming WiMax, a digitzer, or an optical drive into a sub-$500 system seems pretty unlikely. Perhaps Dell is taking into account its users’ opinions. One thread, where users suggest using an ultra low voltage chip such as the U7600 ULV CPU in the Gateway E-100M, is marked as “Under Review.” Still Dell’s got its work cut out if it wants to include all these options. What would you like to see in a Dell mini-notebook?

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  1. Feroz Says:

    1, 9inch screen. 2, 2GB RAM. 3, 80GB SSD , 4, LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM. Because, it is easy to use . 5, hi quality web cam, and MOBILE PHONE incorporated.

    I, THINK IT WILL BE A RUNAWAY SUCCESS.

    IF EVER YOU PRODUCE, PLEASE, LET ME KNOW. I WILL BE YOUR FIRST CUSTOMER.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, DON’T RUBBISH THIS IDEA. JUST THINK ABOUT IT. TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT IT.

    SEE, WHAT EVERY ONE HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT .

  2. Kathy Says:

    8.9″ screen, 2GB RAM, 16-32GB SSD drive, WLAN, UBUNTU and Windows XP options, SDHC card slot, USB ports, bluetooth, upgradable and expandable, a PCMCIA slot or mini PCI-e slot inside. Customizable and BEAUTIFUL COLORS like their other laptops. Those great Dell service plans and customer service. It’s a lot to ask but Asus has most of that so they’ll have to compete. An Asus Eee with Dell service would be the ideal for me!

  3. Andrew Says:

    8.9 screen, option of 1g or 2g of ram, 16g ssd or 60g HDD (Don’t need anything too big.), card readers, USB ports (At least 2), and a choice of Windows XP or Ubuntu.

    If its under the $400 mark, I’d roll with it. Anything higher and its gonna have to be a tough decision. I’ve been wanting to get something this size for a while.

  4. Mike Cane Says:

    >>> Operating System: Windows Vista or Linux

    What is this push for Vista? No one wants it! XP!

    >>>Hard Drive: 80GB/7,200 rpm or SSD

    The spin rate is OK, but 80GB?!

    SSD must be at least 16GB.

  5. Tyler Starke Says:

    Solid State Drive, please!!!!! The SSD will have a much faster start up time, it will consumer less energy, and it will be way more durable. Considering the size of Small Memory cards, 80GB is not unthinkable.

    Touch Screen – optional.

  6. Kathy Says:

    Any new info? I keep trolling the internet to see if there are any specs out there.

  7. Dave Says:

    Need options for the SSD, ranging from 4 GB all the way up to 64 GB (of course the price difference will be vast, but it still needs to be there!)

    Linux, XP or Vista

    And a near full-sized keyboard, similar to the HP Mini-Note

  8. Allexa Says:

    9 inchi screen with 1024×768 resolution
    at least 20 GB SSD
    WinXp or Vista, Linux is acceptable to …
    at least 128 mb video memory
    3 or 4 usb slots, card reader with SDHS, SD, MS/Pro, XD, MMC
    a web cam with 1.3 mp + a microfon, and mini pci-e, onbord sound,
    jack for Microphone and Headphone, Kensington lock slot
    bluetooth, VGA, wireless, wired network 802.11b/g / LAN, modem port
    at least 6 houres batery
    intel atom 1.6 Mhz
    and if it is posible the price to be under 500 euro and the pc to be slim and max Weight 1,3 kg
    Bild this and I’ll buy it with my eays closed. Thanks

  9. Allexa Says:

    I forghet to mention this: at least 1 GB ram

  10. Cedric Says:

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