HP debuts new netbooks: Mini 210 with HD video; 5103 with touch

HP on Wednesday announced two new netbook models, the Mini 210 and the Mini 5103.

Hewlett Packard on Wednesday announced two new netbook models, the Mini 210 and the Mini 5103.

The redesigned Mini 210 offers that elusive "all-day computing" and, most notably, optional high-definition video playback via a Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator for 720p and 1080p support.

It's intended as a "companion PC" -- that is, no intensive tasks, please -- and sports built-in WLAN, a webcam, microphone and an almost full-sized, island-style keyboard.

Inside, you'll find Intel Atom processors -- either the N455, N475 or new dual-core N550 -- and a six-cell battery that offers 10.75 hours of battery life.

Outside, you're looking at a 10.1-inch system that's less than an inch thick and weighs 3.1 pounds. It comes in charcoal, crimson, lavender, rose and "ocean drive."

Finally, the system offers a media suite for multimedia organization, Evernote for note-taking, QuickSync for syncing with a home PC, QuickWeb for quick-boot capability and Navigator for optional GPS navigation.

It's available now in the U.S. for $329.

Meanwhile, the HP Mini 5103 is a touch-enabled, 2.64-lb. netbook designed for students and mobile professionals. (It's also available without touch.)

HP bills this model as "full performance," and inside, you'll find Intel's Atom N455, N475 or new dual-core N550.

Outside, the Mini 5103 has an anodized-aluminum display with a brushed, "espresso-colored" finish, a 95 percent size QWERTY keyboard and touchpad, and of course, the system's signature 10.1-inch LED touchscreen (WSVGA or HD) with gesture support.

It also has an optional handle for mobility.

Battery comes in your choice of four- or six-cell, the latter of which manages up to 10 hours of life.

Software includes HP DayStarter, a customized 12-hour calendar that displays during boot.

The HP Mini 5103 is available now in the U.S. for $399.


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