A Brotherly Gift – MacBook Nano

For those people who said I’m too demanding and/or mean to my younger brother, I’ve got proof to show otherwise. Being the NICE and nerdy brother that I am, I hooked Ricki up with a Dell Mini 9 netbook yesterday afternoon after having ordered it from Sam’s Club in December. But why stop at that? After all, I might as well flex my rebel muscle and load up Mac OS X Leopard while I’m at it. So I did. How about Office 2008? Done. And an array of other utilities that big brother Rishi has come across in his year of owning a MacBook? Check. 🙂

I give you Ricki’s new computing device – the “MacBook Nano” (not copyrighted, of course. 😉 )

Like I said, it’s a Dell Mini 9 netbook running the Intel Atom processor at 1.6 GHz with 2 GB of DDR2 RAM. It has a 1.3 megapixel webcam (useful for iChat/Photo Booth), 3 USB 2.0 ports, wireless b/g, ethernet, etc. The thing weighs less than 2.5 pounds, has absolutely no moving parts, and is very sturdy – all in all, a perfect little device for the mobile yet clumsy college student. 🙂

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  1. Did the Dell Mini 9 you bought straight from Sam’s have the Ubuntu Linux or the Windows XP?
    Dell is wanting $424 with the features you mentioned. =/

    • Sam’s Club – Dell Mini 9. It costs about $30 to upgrade the RAM from 1 GB to 2 GB, but the problem is hard drive space. The solid state disk is great, but it’s pretty expensive depending on the capacity you want. Also, with this Sam’s Club version, the camera is only 0.3 megapixel (rather than 1.3).

      My only grievance with the Mini 9 is the keyboard. I’m a relatively fast typer, so I immediately noticed a drop in speed when Dell decided to relocate the apostrophe/quote key down next to the arrows.

  2. Hmmm. Now I just have to figure out if its worth spending my money on a netbook compare to a regular laptop. I’ll probably break it if I use it, so I’ll buy one for Marie. Thanks for the advice.

    • Actually I’m glad you brought that up. That’s another reason I bought this specific netbook. It’s very rugged (made from hard plastic), and with the SSD, there’s little to worry about. I’m not saying that you should run over it with your truck, but it’ll survive quite a beating.

      That’s so nice, Chris! I knew it… deep down… you’re a pretty deep guy. 🙂

      As for your purposes, I’d stick to a regular laptop if you want to watch movies, play games, multi-task, etc. Let me know if you need any more suggestions/advice.

  3. I dont know if you looked at the acer aspire one netbook that is similar to the dell, but how do they compare? I doubt I would need that 160 gb of hard drive space. There has to be a reason they are about the same price. 16gb compared to 160gb?

    • Huge difference. The 16 GB is a solid state drive (SSD), essentially, the same “flash” memory you find in iPods and thumb drives. It’s MUCH faster than conventional “platter” drives (the 160 GB drive) which involve a magnetic plate spinning at 4,200 rpm being read by a laser. Also, SSD’s consume less power and have no moving parts; therefore, you don’t have to worry about hard drive failure in the event of accidentally dropping your netbook on the floor or something. Why are they the same price? Well, the obvious reason… you pay more for newer technology. 🙂 But in my opinion, a netbook isn’t supposed to be used for “power.” Heck, after installing Mac OS X and all the necessary applications for Ricki, he still has around 5 GB of space (more than enough for saving class documents, music, and the occasional download).

      Why didn’t I go with the Acer? Honestly, the only reason is that the Dell Mini’s components are more “Mac-compatible.” Plus, I’ve never had a problem with Dell products in the past.

  4. How much does it cost with 2gb of ram? I think the 1gb is running for $399. And does adding Mac OS X leopard slow it down?

    • The 2 GB of RAM was around $30 shipped. Leopard actually runs very well on the Mini, but don’t take my word for it – if you run into Ricki at school, ask him to show it to you. The only thing I can’t get working is the headphone jack, but that’s a small price to pay if you’ve already got an MP3 player.

  5. I wish I had a bro like you! Mine just rebuke me for not having as much “street smarts” as them. Lol.
    And quit being so hard on Ricki. If he wants to be a Jedi instead of a doctor, let him be a Jedi.

  6. And when you gave it to him, you had a “moment” with the knuckle bump…a true bromance that will go down in history 🙂


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