August 10, 2009, 10:06 am
Dell has decided to retreat from the 12-inch netbook market, declaring that "larger notebooks require a little more horsepower to be really useful." The Linux-compatible Inspiron Mini 12, is ready "to ride off into the sunset," according to Dell, but the company is also reintroducing its low-end Inspiron Mini 9.
Dell's Inspiron Mini 12, pictured [here], was the first "netbook" to reach the market with a 12-inch display, though the company didn't use that moniker initially. Instead, it merely called the Inspiron Mini 12, which bridges the gap between smaller netbooks and conventional laptops, an "Internet companion."