Dell Mini Inspiron 9 gets solid state upgrade

Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 is already one of the top Eee PC-worrying netbook contenders, and now it's been given a bit of an extra boost to its brains, at

Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 is already one of the top Eee PC-worrying netbook contenders, and now it's been given a bit of an extra boost to its brains, at least in the US.

Buyers across the pond can now kit out their laptop with a 32GB solid state drive - that's double the previous maximum size.

The option adds $100 (£66 in real money) onto the price of the Mini 9, but there's no sign of Dell's UK site aping it just yet. Head over there and you'll still find 8GB and 16GB as the only solid-state options.

There's only £30 difference between the two models, and the 16GB also features Windows XP rather than Ubuntu as its operating system - which leads us to suspect that if and when Dell does offer the 32GB upgrade it'll cost around the same as it does Stateside. So about £60 or so.

Solid state memory is quicker, quieter and more shock-proof than a old-fashioned hard disk drive - but also much more limited in storage capacity and pricier. Keep it here to see if Dell makes any updates to the UK version of the Inspiron Mini 9....