Either HP is getting ready to announce an update to the 8.9″ HP 2133 Mini-Note, or they are feeling the heat of the competition from other netbooks (remember, HP was one of the first to roll out an 8.9″ netbook with quite a few compelling features). They are offering pretty hefty rebates on certain models at certain retailers in the US (loaded with either SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 or Microsoft Windows Vista).
Amazon is offering from $50 rebates on these models:
– KR922UT#ABA – 1GHz, 4GB SSD, 512MB RAM, SUSE Linux – $432.58 after rebate
– KX868AT#ABA – 1.2GHz, 120GB 5400rpm HDD, 1GB RAM, Windows Vista Home Basic – $529.99 after rebate
Amazon is also offering $100 rebates on these models:
– KX869AT#ABA – 1.2GHz, 120GB 5400rpm HDD, 1GB RAM, SUSE Linux – $403.39 after rebate
– KX870AT#ABA – 1.6GHz, 120GB 7200rpm HDD, 2GB RAM, Windows Vista Business – $643.99 after rebate
At $403.39, the KX869AT#ABA in particular is a good deal – 120GB Hard Drive, 1GB RAM.
Mwave.com’s HP 2133 Mini-Note listing also mentions “while supplies last” with some models
No price changes have shown up at Amazon.co.uk as of yet.
Just over a month ago, we mentioned reports that HP was looking at upgrading the Mini-Note with VIA’s Nano CPUs – this would be a welcome upgrade for the Mini-Note line, as the biggest complaint many had was the original VIA CPU (especially in light of Intel’s Atom).