RIP Dell Mini 9 Netbook: Sept. 4 2008 – May 31, 2009

269 days. 8 months 27 days. 0.737 years. That’s how long Dell’s first netbook, the Mini 9, stayed on the market. Here’s the word from the official Dell blog…

Bidding Adieu to the Dell Inspiron Mini 9

It seems a little odd to me that something most of us would consider a successful product would have such a short market life. But, it makes sense consider that 10-inch displays have come to define the netbook market and owns the market sweet spot. It also lets Dell reduce manufacturing line complexity by removing one model size.

The first netbook I bought, an Acer Aspire One, was the 8.9-inch display model. I also have a 10.1-inch Asus Eee PC. And, I have to say that the 8.9-inch Aspire One has a place in my toolbox ecosystem. It is small, light (3-cell battery model) and quiet. I hope other netbook vendors keep their 9-inch models and even consider going back to 7 or 8 inch displays in ultra-light models (1 to 1.5 lbs.).