HP has quietly updated their netbook range with the Intel Atom N455 and N475 processors, just as was tipped earlier in the year. The HP Mini 110 and Mini 210 HD Edition both get the 1.66GHz N455 as standard, with the 1.86GHz N475 a $25 upgrade; alternatively, for $40 the Mini 210 can be upgraded with the N475 and Broadcom's Crystal HD video accelerator for HD video playback.
HP have outed their latest notebooks and netbooks at CES 2010, and like we've seen from other manufacturers the theme seems to be touch-sensitivity. Biggest is the HP TouchSmart tm2, a convertible tablet PC which replaces the company's tx2, with a 12.1-inch WXGA capacitive touchscreen, Intel Core 2 Duo processor and optional ATI Mobility Radeon GPU. However there's also a 10.1-inch Atom N450 netbook, the HP Mini 5102, which has a multitouch-touchscreen option of its own.
CES 2010 doesn't kick off until mid-week, but some of HP's new products have seemingly leaked ahead of time. Several desktops, notebooks and netbooks have been prematurely unveiled, complete with partial specifications and pricing, including a Pine Trail netbook, the HP Mini 210 HD Edition, and a 14-inch ultraportable, the HP Pavilion dv4i. As for the desktops, Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors make appearances in multiple HP Pavilion Elite HPE machines.
Netbooks generally fall flat when it comes to high-definition video playback, with Intel's GMA 950 graphics chipset struggling even with 720p clips. Broadcom's BCM70012 video accelerator changes all that, though; a mini PCI-e card, it can handle up to 1080p video with minimal CPU strain on the host system. So far it's tough finding a netbook with the Broadcom card as an option - HP offer it as an option for their Mini 110 XP - but that didn't stop Terracode from upgrading their 8.9-inch Acer Aspire One with the HD accelerator.
If you've been holding off on picking up one of HP's Mini 110 series netbooks because you've wanted it in pink or white (what, really?) then today is the day to flex your credit-card. HP have unleashed the two new color versions of their 110 XP Edition, meaning you can have the 10.1-inch Atom N270/N280 netbook in sober black, coquettish pink or lost-in-a-snowstorm white.
Update: HP have also added the Broadcom HD Video Accelerator option to the Mini 110, priced at $30 (Thanks Peter!)
HP's new Mini 110 has been rocking the test bench of our friends over at LaptopMag, and the 10-inch netbook has not disappointed. Described as "the company’s best netbook for consumers yet", the Mini 110 scores points for its excellent keyboard and extra ports over the previous-gen Mini 1000, but loses love for the awkward mouse buttons.
HP have announced three new models in their Mini netbook range, in the shape of the 1101, 110 XP and 110 Mi. Based around a 10.1-inch LED-backlit LCD and either Intel's Atom N270 or N280 processors, the new netbooks have GMA 950 graphics while the Mini 110 XP throws in a Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator good, apparently, for 1080p video.
What a week! While a few of us on the R3 crew were rolling around in different parts of the world that weren't Vegas, the bulk were rolling hard at CES 2011! The Consumer Electronics Show had blasts of this, slips of that, and a wacky array of stories and happenings that shall forever go down in the history books as a CES to be clicked with! How ever in the world will we organize all of this information? How about one big monster of a list of links, for starters? Who could we call for such a tast, hm? So much exclusive content, so much time time - I know! The Daily Slash! Get one of the biggest heaping helpings you've ever seen, below!
This isn't the first and it isn't going to be the last roundup post of CES news and info for this season. It's one big thwack. Comb with me, if you will, through the content and devour the ingredients. Joy! PREVIEW: my favorite is the Notion Ink Adam hands-on at CES 2011 - wowie!
Point to point wireless connections should hopefully start getting a little easier to manage in the not too distant future, with the news that the Wi-Fi Alliance has begun certifying Wi-Fi Direct compliant hardware. As well as operating as regular WiFi adapters, the range of five newly-approved models can be used to squirt files, content and multimedia across a point to point WPA2-encrypted link with a far greater range than Bluetooth manages.