Let me to set the stage:
We have 3 very energized boys (ages: 4yr, 2yr, 9mo). My wife is a "stay at home mom", an E.R. nurse, and a MOPS ministry leader / coordinator at our church. She is constantly on the move. During the day she and the kiddos will hit the local zoos, libraries, museums, etc. At night sometimes after everyone goes to bed she and I chat while I sling code and she works on the ministry.
All of those activities require that she be knee deep in hypermedia, or something digital. She is either teaching the kiddos about the internet, taking pictures with them and uploading them to our media server, getting her excel fix for MOPS, she does budgets, rosters, sends and receives 100's of email every day, prints media for ministry and the family, edits photos, etc...
She is a digital nomad - who roams DFW providing salve to scratched knees, defending against lost drinks and misplaced toys, crusading for ministry needs, and smiting poopie diapers; all while somehow staying connected and productive at home, church, and work. My wife is the Joan of Arc of the digital age - she is the strongest most connected woman I have ever known.
Her requirements for a computer were simple - It needed to be fast, small / highly portable, easy to use, have decent battery life, and durable. I looked at a few options but the best bang for the buck was the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.
Here's the configuration that I ended up with:
- Inspiron 910 Intel Atom processor N270, 1.6GHz, 533Mhz512K L2 Cache
- CHERRY RED Color with Gloss Finish
- 1GB,DDR2,533MHZ,1 DIMM
- 16GB Solid State Drive (mini-card Module/PATA)
- Genuine Windows XP Home Edition (would've preferred ubuntu)
- Wireless 802.11g Mini Card
- Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
- 32WHr 4-cell Battery
- Bluetooth 2.1 module via USB I/F
I have already purchased 2 goodies that I am totally looking forward to installing in her mini soon:
- RunCore Pro 32GB Mini PCIe SSD(supposed to be 3~4 times faster on writes that the default from Dell)
- Transcend 2gb module (she is a heavy muli-tasker and 1gb just won't cut it)
I'll bench a before and after for those who are interested.