You know all those battery recall notices hardly anyone pays attention to? Well guess what, it turns out fire hazards are pretty real. Just ask Hannah, a Dell Mini 9 owner who contacted the Consumerist with pics of her netbook filling her living room with smoke and scorching her hardwood floor.
"Last night I unplugged my laptop from its charger, carried it downstairs, and placed it on the wood floor of my living room," Hannah wrote. "I heard a loud popping sound and the room immediately filled with smoke while the laptop hissed and sizzled. It died down, I pushed it with my foot, and it started hissing again. There is a large scorch mark on my floor."
The Consumerist put Hannah in touch with Dell, who promptly paid to return ship her netbook for a thorough examination. And for her troubles? Dell sent a free, upgraded laptop, though it's unclear how, or if, Dell plans to compensate Hannah for her burnt floor.
According to the Consumerist, Dell has received the fried laptop, but has no answer as to why the Mini 9 malfunctioned in the first place.
"We take any report like this very seriously, and, as a matter of policy, our safety teams investigate thoroughly following any issue like this," Dell said. "We will get to the bottom of this."
Professional Photographer Rob Galbraith undertook the task of figuring out which notebook has the best screen for others of his trade, and according to his research the Dell Mini 9 finished the rigorous testing with the highest marks.
While Lenovo’s W700 did come up near the top of the list thanks to its built-in pantone calibrator, the Dell Mini 9 took the top spot. That’s right, a $300 notebook has a display with better “overall huge accuracy” than the $2000 MacBook Pro, which apparently sports a display that is “one or two steps below a good desktop.”
If you've been waiting for Dell to officially release its Mini 9 notebook line, your wait is now over. On the high end, a starting price of $449 buys a Mini Inspiron 910 with an Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz, 533MHz frontside-bus, 512K cache), 1GB of DDR2 RAM clocked at 533MHz, a 16GB SSD, and other odds and ends tied together with Windows XP. Cut the hard drive and RAM in half and you can knock $50 off the price, or drop down to the Inspiron 910u for $349. It comes with the same goodies as the higher end models, except with a 4GB SSD, 512MB DDR2, and Ubuntu 8.04 instead of Windows XP.
For those willing to wait one more day, Dell's blog claims that as of 6 a.m. Central tomorrow, "you'll be able to get a Mini for only $99with the purchase of a Studio 15, XPS M1530, or XPS M1330 laptop through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 (U.S. only)."