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Dell unveils Mini 9 netbook to aid web access on the move

"This small, easy-to-carry device stands ready to connect teens, tweens, and travellers to their online world, be it surfing the web, chatting with friends, blogging, streaming content, uploading photos or enjoying favourite online videos, music and games," said Dell.

Dell has introduced the Inspiron Mini 9 "netbook".

"This small, easy-to-carry device stands ready to connect teens, tweens, and travellers to their online world, be it surfing the web, chatting with friends, blogging, streaming content, uploading photos or enjoying favourite online videos, music and games," said Dell.

Netbooks are increasingly popular. Fujitsu launched two similar lightweight and compact machines earlier this week. Acer and Asus also recently launched netbooks onto the market.

Both Microsoft and Google are throwing resources at developing operating systems that can support slimmed down devices designed for web access on the move.

With a starting weight of 2.28lbs, the Inspiron Mini is equipped with solid state drive (SSD) memory storage to make it more durable on the move. SSD memory has no moving parts and resists knocks.

Dell said a bright 8.9in LED display presents most web pages with no left-right scrolling, and the keypads are large and easy to navigate.

The machine comes with built-in Wi-Fi support, and can be optionally expanded to include a built-in webcam or Bluetooth short-range wireless connectivity.

The machine comes in either black or white and can be loaded with the Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux operating system.

The Windows machine starts at around £200 and the Linux model is cheaper.

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