HP adds Mini 1000 to netbook lineup

HP adds Mini 1000 to netbook lineup

Summary: The company has launched three new netbooks in its Mini series, seeking to expand the line beyond the education market, and add a little style as well

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  • HP launched three new computers in its Mini series on Wednesday, seven months after the first models were launched.

    The first models were aimed specifically at schools and the education market, while the latest additions are for more general use.

    The HP Mini 1000 line features three models. The 1000 (pictured) has a black finish with an HP Imprint swirl design, and comes with Windows XP Home Edition pre-installed.

    As with most netbooks, connectivity is via Wi-Fi, wired Ethernet, USB and Bluetooth. A version with 3G is "expected to be available in December", HP said in its launch information.

    With a keyboard that is "92 percent the size of a standard notebook PC keyboard", according to HP, the systems weigh from 1.02kg upwards. The screen has a 1,024-by-600-pixel resolution, with an LED backlight.

    The notebook system is powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor.

  • Connectivity includes a network connection and a serial port, as well as connections for headphones, a microphone, power and two USB ports, one of which is shown here.

    The Mini 1000 is available now in the US at $399 (£243), HP said in its statement, and will be available in mid-February in the UK, with prices starting from £299.

  • For those who favour the stylish option, there is the Vivienne Tam Edition, named after the New-York based maker of high fashion.

    Aimed at those who are tired of the standard colours in the PC palette, it is a move by HP to make its netbooks attractive to the same users who consider mobile phones to be personal, rather than PC, accessories.

    Customers will pay a higher price for high fashion though: the Vivienne Tam Edition comes in at $699. Il faut souffrir pour être belle.

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

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