updated 09:40 pm EDT, Wed April 15, 2009
Dell Vostro A90
Dell has released the Vostro A90 in the U.S. market, following previous availability limited to Japan. The device is geared for business users, with features similar to the consumer-oriented Inspiron Mini 9. The base-model offers an 8.9-inch display, 512MB of memory and an 8GB SSD, with options for 1GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. Customers are limited to Windows XP Home Edition as the pre-installed operating system.
The netbook uses the same 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor as the Mini 9, along with the Intel 945GSE chipset. Connectivity is provided through integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Ethernet.
While the Vostro A90 carried a $972 price tag in Japan, the entry-level model can be purchased for $350 in the U.S. Adding the 16GB SSD and 1GB of RAM brings the price up to $424.