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The Mini-Note PC by Hewlett Packard is the company's first venture into the low-priced, ultra-compact laptop market.

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Pros

Nice aluminum outer case

12 agree

Full size keyboard

7 agree

Great configuration options

7 agree

Can run Linux

5 agree

Powerful CPU for its size

5 agree

Can run Windows Vista

5 agree

better screen resolution than any other netbook

2 agree

ExpressCard slot can be used for expansion

1 agrees

now competitively priced

1 agrees
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Cons

More expensive than competition

8 agree

Slow boot-up time

7 agree

Heavier than competition

6 agree

Weirdly placed mouse buttons

3 agree

Large borders around screen, screen could be larger

2 agree

Comes with crippled version of Vista - Basic

2 agree

small trackpad

2 agree

No 3G / HSDPA

1 agrees
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The Mini-Note PC by Hewlett Packard is the company's first venture into the low-priced, ultra-compact laptop market. The Mini-Note tries to establish itself as a higher-end version with an 8.9" screen and full size keyboard. They also offer configuration options such as operating system, processor, RAM and harddrive. This can make the price range from $499 to $749, making it more expensive than the competition. Hewlett Packard also chose an aluminum chassis for the Mini-Note to  give it a slightly upscale look. More recently HP has cut prices on the original Mini-Note PC in what people believe is a move to deplete stock before introducing the new HP 10" netbook. The entry model now sports a very attractive $299 price tag - especially considering its best-in-class keyboard and screen resolution. 

Features
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz
  • Screen size: 8.9"
  • Harddrive: 4GB flash drive or up to 160GB traditional drive
  • Full size keyboard
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10" x 6.5" x 1.1"
  • Spill resistant keyboard
  • Vertical mouse buttons
Configuration Options

Operating Systems

  • Linux (starting at $499)
  • Windows Vista Basic (starting at $599)
  • Windows Vista Business (?)

Harddrive

  • 4GB flash drive
  • 120GB 5,400-rpm drive
  • 160GB 5,400-rpm drive
  • 160GB 7,200-rpm drive
Post Review
Omar
04/10/2008 12:16

Well you can actually overclock the Eee, but from my initial research it looks like you need another OS than the default Xandros. If it gets too annoying for me, I'll probably just try a different operating system and overclock the processor. Right now I'm just waiting for the distros to get a bit more mature and user friendly. eeeXubuntu is looking promising.

Gt-d
04/10/2008 12:10

Hmm, I'd agree with the above - but I'd say I don't really use the Eee PC for watching youtube and stuff - the screens pretty small as it is... or my wife for that matter (its her laptop really).

I can see wanting to do that, but flash has gotten increasingly processor intensive with subsequent versions, so I don't really expect that functionality out of such a cheap PC... if I were shelling out for the more expensive Eee PCs I would expect more though.

Omar
04/09/2008 12:31

For me the Eee isn't quite perfect. The processor just isn't quite up to snuff in regards to video. Flash videos often stutter for me, and even downloaded videos sometimes have slow playback speeds. If it was just a little more powerful then it'd be perfect.

The Eee is definitely version 1.0 in this new line of sub-notebooks with tons of these coming out by a variety of companies starting this summer. The increased competition can only mean good things as prices will drop, quality will rise, and there will be an offering for practically everybody's specific situation.

Erik
04/09/2008 11:36

The mini laptop competition is heating up. I think HP may have lost sight of the appeal of these mini-laptops. Here's why the Asus EEE appeals to me (and others IMO):

1) Small
2) Lightweight
3) Inexpensive

While the Mini-Note hits the mark on the 1st point, it looks like HP sacrificed points 2 and 3 as a trade-off for power (specifically, the ability to run Vista). If I want to run Vista, I would get a full-size laptop. My sub-$300, 2lb, Linux-powered EEE suits my needs perfectly.

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