Two new options for the Dell Mini 9: more SSD and $5 HSDPA card

Laptopinspiron9rightstandard314Here’s a two-fer post: one way to cram spec a higher-capacity Solid State Disk module in your Dell Mini 9 and another to get integrated 3G. Current Mini 9 offerings start at 4GB for the SSD drive and max out at 32GB. SlashGear says that Buffalo now offers both 16GB and 32GB aftermarket modules for your Mini 9: $57 for the small and $101 for the large. I checked Dell’s Mini 9 product page for upgrade costs over their lower-capacity 4GB and they factory price the 16GB and 32GB modules at $75 and $100. Buffalo might be the way to go for 16GB then, while you might as well have Dell insert the 32GB for you at roughly the same cost.

I also missed this news of Dell providing an integrated 3G option in the Mini 9. Mobility Site caught it and I see it on the Dell Mini product page. You’ll need to choose the Windows XP model (sorry, Ubuntu fans!) and then you’ll see an embedded HSDPA option avialable for $125. There’s a $120 rebate (in the form of a VISA Reward Card) with an accompanying data plan commitment to AT&T, so essentially the card is $5 for new AT&T data plan subscribers. Although it’s nice to see this option, I’m still sold on an external 3G solution for folks that own multiple devices. One price gives you the benefit to use your wireless WAN connection on potentially all of your computers.Thanks for the tip, Ken!