With the recent boom in the popularity of Netbooks, providing customers with the most cost effective way to get on the Internet without adding all of the extra software is what a lot of consumers are looking for. Most of us have a desktop PC that we do most of our work and browsing on, the cost of purchasing a laptop to surf the web while on the go can be a bit to much in these trying times. Hp took this into consideration when creating the successor the Mini-Note 2133, the HP Mini 1000. HP has taken the slick design and brilliant construction of the Mini-Note 2133 and made it surprisingly affordable.
The HP Mini 1000 netbook announcement may only be a few page-scrolls away, but the hands-on opinions are already coming thick and fast. Its predecessor, the HP Mini-Note 2133, was held in high esteem, and expectations for this new, lower-priced version are big. From the sound of it HP have delivered in most areas, with the over-arching impression being that, while the specifications are not that unusual, the build and design lift the Mini 1000 above the rest.
More first-impressions feedback after the cut
The HP Mini 1000 netbook has been officially announced. Borrowing much of the design style of the HP Mini-Note 2133, only with a cheaper plastic casing, four versions of the HP Mini 1000 will be on offer: each will use Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, a change from the VIA processor used in the 2133. Available today, the HP Mini 1000 offers Windows XP Home on a choice of 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 or 10.2-inch 1024 x 600 BrightView displays, 512MB or 1GB of DDR2 RAM and either a 60GB 4,200rpm hard-drive or 8/16GB SSD. In mid-December, the Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition will launch, offering the 10.2-inch netbook with a casing matching the designer's Spring 2009 collection. Then, in January 2009, the HP Mini 1000 with MIE (Mobile Internet Experience), a custom HP Linux build, will launch.
The sequel to HP's Mini-Note 2133 netbook has shown up on the company's online store. Called the HP Mini 1000, the netbook measures less than 1-inch thick and weighs from 2.25lbs; it also has a new, black casing and appears to be intended as a more entry-level machine than the 2133. The new price certainly bears that out: the HP Mini 1000 netbook costs from just $399.
HP have placed an order with VIA for their latest ultramobile chipset, the Nano, according to industry sources. VIA, while declining to name specific buyers, has confirmed that they have received orders from "a certain first-tier notebook vendor" with intent to release a product using the Nano CPU by October 2008. However it's uncertain whether HP intend to use the Nano in their existing Mini-Note netbook range or in a more mainstream device.
Buoyed by the success of their original Mini-Note budget ultraportable, HP are planning a second, cheaper version to better compete with the ASUS Eee and other lower-priced netbooks. According to Jerel Chong, HP Australia’s Market Development Manager for Notebook PCs, the company is looking to develop a "a similar device (to the 2133) but at a lower cost ... It won’t be as durable but it will be cheaper".
HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is now available for order. The Asus EeePC competitor is said to ship out on April 15th. It is available in five models with the cheapest at $499 and goes up all the way to $849. The $499 version comes with 4GB Flash Module (SSD) rather than conventional spinning drive. So if you don’t feel like waiting for the 8.9-inch version of Asus EeePC, this HP Mini-Note is the closet thing to it.
Crave UK has been spending some hands-on time with one of the key upcoming rivals to ASUS' Eee PC, the MSI Wind, and come away singing its praises. They've also highlighted some neat hardware features, such as an overclock button that, when on mains power, automatically ratchets the CPU up by 20-percent. On battery, the same button puts the Wind into an economy mode. Further kind words are saved for the screen, which in its first iteration will be 10-inches and lacks any sort of distracting reflective coating.
Back in the day buying something and it being outdated the day you got it wasn’t out of the norm. However it also wasn’t that big of a deal since by the time the next big product was announced you already had your new stuff and you were happy with it, because you had it now unlike all your friends who had to wait on the next greatest thing to actually arrive. These days the game is a lot different though.
The MacBook Air hasn't changed in a massive way for the past several years. It hasn't really needed to. Apple's PC sales have done exceedingly well in the recent past - since the MacBook Air was launched, really. Now it might be time for a new design in the form of tiny feature changes. The first - and perhaps largest - of these is a click-less TrackPad. This wouldn't be a big deal in a PC - the "tap to click" feature has been in play for several generations - but for Apple computers, it's relatively new.