Dell gimps Mini 10 netbook: no RAM upgrades past 1GB

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Don't get a Mini 10! Dell's new netbook will not permit upgrading of the 1GB of RAM it comes with, unlike practically every other model on the market, including its popular Mini 9.

Windows XP can't be bundled with machines containing more than 1GB of RAM, as per Microsoft's licensing rules. Netbooks typically come with XP, as it is leaner and faster than Vista. With other models, however, the manual upgrade--which makes netbooks much better when running multiple programs or memory intensive ones like Photoshop--is cheap and easy.

Not any more: Dell Chief Blogger Lionel Menchaca writes that "Initially, all Mini 10s will come with 1GB fixed RAM (which means it will not be upgradable)." Asked for clarification, he didn't give a timeframe for when this mistake would be corrected.

Microsoft and Intel have indicated that they plan to take control of how netbooks are sold and configured: killing off Windows XP once and for all is top of the former's todo list.

This is intensely depressing. The Mini 9 is a fantastic netbook, one of the best.

Dell's Mini 10 Packs a Punch [Dell]

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