HP Mini 1000 netbook gets reviewed early and often

HP Mini 1000 netbook gets reviewed early and often

Summary: HP's first netbook, the 2133 Mini-note, was a favorite of reviewers because of its attractive aluminum design and great keyboard. So it's no surprise the follow-on, the Mini 1000, which HP announced earlier today, received extensive reviews coverage.

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HP Mini 1000HP's first netbook, the 2133 Mini-note, was a favorite of reviewers because of its attractive aluminum design and great keyboard. So it's no surprise the follow-on, the Mini 1000, which HP announced earlier today, received extensive reviews coverage.

As expected, the Mini 1000 line ends HP's brief experiment with Via processors. HP is back in the Intel fold with the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, the same chip found in most name-brand netbooks such as the Asus Eee PC, Acer Aspire One and Lenovo IdeaPad S10.

The Windows XP configurations include the choice of 8.9- or 10.2-inch LED -backlit displays, an 8- or 16GB SSD or standard hard drive and, starting sometime in December, integrated 3G wireless broadband. The standard black version starts at $399 and is available now. A special Vivienne Tam Edition with a bright red case and the 10.2-inch display will be available in mid-December for $699. Next year HP also plans to sell a Linux version with its own Mobile Internet Experience (MIE) interface starting at $379.

Like Dell with its Inspiron Mini 12 "Internet companion," HP is going out of its way to make sure customers know its netbook is no substitute for a full-fledged notebook. From the press release: "Mini PCs are geared toward information 'snacking' and content enjoyment, versus the rich content-creation capabilities found in fully functional notebook PCs. They are a complement to HP's award-winning families of notebook and desktop PCs."

All of the reviews are based on a $550 configuration with a 10.2-inch display, 1GB of memory and a 60GB hard drive. Overall they liked what they saw. The Mini 1000 has the same great keyboard as its predecessor, the Intel platform delivers better performance, and the plastic case is thinner and lighter. But it's not a slam dunk. The Mini 1000 actually lacks a couple of features found in the original including a full 1,280x768 display and ExpressCard slot. The 4,200rpm drive is also a bit sluggish--competitors such as the Samsung NC10 and Lenovo S10 offer 5,400rpm drives in $500 configurations--and the three-cell battery falls short of three hours (Lenovo will soon offer an optional six-cell battery). Finally the small touchpad and left/right buttons take some getting used to, and to keep the size down, HP went with proprietary connectors for VGA-out and its "HP Mini Mobile Drive" slot, a recessed USB port.

HP's Mini is still one of the top netbooks, but the field has become much more crowded and there are now several players that offer similar features and performance for about the same price.

Read the reviews of the HP Mini 1000:

Plus some hands-on coverage:

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  • I wonder if they aren't replacements though.

    I just prepped and delivered an Acer Aspire One to a flight attendant friend of mine. I replaced Adobe with KPDF, put in Tunderbird and Gaim and she loves it. I just got another text telling me "This is fantastic, I have 2 friends who are ordering one now".

    She YouTubes, IMs, her (my recommendation) HP C1148 works perfectly, it has OO, it has skype, it has the full web, etc. That is what she uses a computer for. That is what the majority use their computer for. If she wants it, I will add KDEnlive to create movies. Seriously, for mainstream users, what don't these things do easily?

    No gaming, but banking, taxes, all work for me through Linux.

    You, me and most reading this are not typical, but most regular folks, email, some photo printing, surfing the web, controlling MP3 players, that's the majority.

    TripleII
    TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
    • It's replacement alright, but industry don't want to know

      The hardware and software industries still seem to think that notebooks are portable desktops used for heavy-duty numbercrunching. For this, the webbooks are not a replacement.

      However, people are using even desktops for very different purposes from heavy analytical work. They had to buy the house-size notebooks because misguided industry only offered those at affordable prices. Now that the really portable webbooks are available and affordable, the arse will fall out of the full-size notebook market.

      I tend to think that the best compromise is the 12" class, as I am old enough not to see the tiny screens of the minis, and like a near-full-size keyboard. At around 1.5 kg, these are luggable enough.
      csomole
  • RE: Competitive other option ?.....

    I would also consider the ASUS N10J-A1 , a very nice alternative to the HP and it does not get as hot....
    http://www.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=12872
    boriscb
  • RE: HP Mini 1000 netbook gets reviewed early and often

    "So it???s no surprise the follow-on,..."

    The "follow-on"? I guess that's the new "follow-up"?
    bricar2
  • RE: HP Mini 1000 netbook gets reviewed early and often

    Why the bleep didn't they run it on Linux ( Puppy Linux It would SCREAM ! ) I put puppy on a old 486 Laptop and it ran like a 586 computer it was so fast . . and it had almost every thing But the idiot wanted to put wind blows on it So I downloaded a ISO of Wind blows 98 SE and added it to the laptop . . slowed it down to 486 speeds ( they messsed it up and put wind blows 2000 on it and wondered why it did not run ) think it had 16 megs memory and a 300 meg drive . . DAH Wind blows 2 K takes almost 200 megs to install Puppy took just over 6 or 8 megs and it had a better picture too
    l.stevens1@...
  • RE: HP Mini 1000 netbook gets reviewed early and often

    HP???s Mini 1000 can be configured with Windows XP or Linux. All configurations use the Intel Atom N270 CPU, and the system can be customized with 512MB or 1GB of RAM. Graphics support is handled through the Intel GMA 950 onboard video.
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    jennyfur12