HP doesn't get memo that netbooks are dead, releases $399 Mini 1104

Netbook sales are shrinking as quickly as you can say "iPad," but that hasn't deterred HP from pumping out a new model for a tepid market. The company says its Mini 1104 is designed for business pros and students on a budget.

Netbook sales are shrinking as quickly as you can say "iPad," but that hasn't deterred HP from pumping out a new model for a tepid market. The company says its Mini 1104 is designed for business pros and students on a budget.

It comes with the usual specs, like a dual-core Intel Atom N2600 processor, 10.1-inch LED-backlit display, 2GB of RAM, 320GB of hard drive space, built-in Webcam and Wi-Fi, and Windows 7. It also includes a hard drive accelerometer to prevent damage from drops, as well as a TPM 1.2 embedded security chip to keep your data safe.

Options include a 6-cell battery that HP claims will give you up to 9 hours of battery life, along with integrated HP Mobile Broadband capabilities.

The Mini 1104 will start at $399, which is a tricky pricing point since a businessperson might want the additional power and screen size of a full-fledged laptop that might only cost $100 more, while students might save their pennies a little longer for an iPad. We wish HP good luck with its continued commitment to netbooks, which the buying public doesn't seem to share.

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