0orksecurityBest Answer 11 years ago I presume you mean "rather than a full-sized machine", since Dell and Asus (and everyone else) make systems of all sizes. The answer is: Depends entirely on what YOU plan to do with it,. Do you care more about portability, or comfort when using it? What's the battery life of the systems, and how much do you care about that? Does the mini machine have a built in or external CD drive, and how often will you need that? Get the spec sheets. Line them up next to each other. Go down the list assigning plus and minus point scores for each difference. Add them up. Then throw that out and buy what seems to make sense for you. Then stop looking at other machines for at least a year, since there's guaranteed to be a new machine in a few weeks that you would have bought had it been available. If you really can't decide, maybe it isn't time to buy yet.