HP’s New Mini
Along with its 2133 Mini Note notebook, Today HP is starting to sell a second mini-notebook, the Mini 1000. It’s not as purpose-designed and -built for schools as the 2133 is, but it’s a bit cheaper and smaller. This netbook matches up well with Lenovo’s S10 and the Asus EeePC 1000 and at only 1-inch thick, the Mini 1000 weighs about 2.3 pounds. All Mini 1000 systems have an Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor, but buyers have the choice of either an 8.9- or 10.2-inch screen; both can show 1,024 by 600 resolution. Storage is taken care of with the choice of 8- or 16GB flash memory solid state storage device or a traditional 60GB hard drive. The big step forward will be what HP is calling its mini-mobile drive. This flash storage module will hold between 2- and 16-GB of extra storage space that snaps into the system and is flush with the surface so there are no memory keys sticking out to snag on clothes or stuff in backpacks. The Mini 1000 sells for $400 and $450 on HP’s site, depending on screen size.