Dell’s (s DELL) first foray into the crowded netbook market is also its first casualty. On Monday, the company confirmed that the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook has been discontinued. This isn’t a complete shocker as the netbook market has slowly crept up from 7- and 8.9-inch displays into a relatively standard 10-inch size. Generally speaking, the larger screen sizes allow for a more generous keyboard, although there have been exceptions to that rule. Of course, it helps if you have a large bezel around the small screen, so you can fit that 92 percent keyboard in there. ;)
Since the Mini 9 was one of the best-suited netbooks for installing Mac OS X, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some appear on eBay at a nice premium. Anyway, let’s make sure you offer up a moment of silence for the Mini 9. So long, pal.
R.I.P. Dell Mini 9 = 9/1/2008 – 6/1/2009