HP Mini 1000 Mi Review (liliputing)

HP Mini 1000 Last week, liliputing reviewed the HP Mini 1000 Mi version of the 10.1″ Intel Atom-powered HP Mini 1000 netbook series.

The model reviewed has a glossy 10.1″ display, 60GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, and Bluetooth, and retails for around $435.

While the Mini 1000 Mi is based on the Ubuntu Linux distribution, Hewlett-Packard has customized the interface to fit the resolution as well as the typical uses that people are using netbooks/ultraportable laptops for.

liliputing has included screenshots – you can see the Home Screen that the HP Mini 1000 boots up to is heavily customized – you have a display for your waiting email, links to a few of your favorite websites, as well as music and photos. The interface is nicely designed, for what it does:

In the center you have a search bar and a bookmark toolbar and 4 user customizable thumbnail previews for the web sites you visit most often. For the most part, this section is awesome. For people who treat their computers as a web browser with a keyboard, this is practically like being presented with your web browser upon startup. Just type a URL or a search term in the search box and hit enter, and Firefox will launch within seconds, displaying your web page or search results.

There’s also a customized program launcher and taskbar:

This task switcher gives you large icons with descriptive text explaining which apps are running. It’s a lot easier to decipher than the tiny icons you’ll find in the Windows taskbar or OS X dock, and an HP representative tells me that’s why HP decided to use this task switcher in lieu of a more traditional taskbar.

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MSI Wind U115 in March, U123 in April

MSI Wind U120 It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything significant about the 10-inch MSI Wind U115. It was officially announced back at CES in January of this year. LAPTOP Magazine is reporting that the U115 will be released towards the end of March, and will feature an Intel Atom Z530 CPU (1.6GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB) and will sell for over $500 USD.

The U115 is being called a “hybrid”. It’s going to have both a mechanical HDD hard drive, and it’s also going to feature a Solid State Drive (SSD) in the same chassis. From what’s been mentioned in the past, you’ll have a choice of a 120GB or 160GB 2.5″ Serial ATA (SATA) HDD (you can probably upgrade it later on) along with a built-in 8GB or 16GB SSD. The SSD will have the operating system, while the HDD side will basically function as mass storage and possibly the install location for some of your software.

Next month, MSI will also be releasing the 10.2-inch MSI Wind U123. It’ll feature the same CPU as currently shipping in the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE, the Intel Atom N280. While it will undoubtedly share many of the same attributes as the MSI Wind U120, one thing it won’t be sharing is the U120’s memory limitations. Unlike the U120, the U123 will be upgradeable to 2GB of RAM. There will be four colors, blue, white, “metallic black”, and “burgundy red”, and will have six-cell and nine-cell battery options.

As far as anything larger than the 10-inch Wind lineup, MSI’s Director of U.S. Sales, Andy Tung, had this to say: “there are rumors of 11.6 and 12 inch solutions from other companies. We have that in development and can bring that out of the gate.” Tung pointed out that for now, they consider the 10-inch market to be their main focus.

Read: LAPTOP Magazine

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Upcoming Apple Event? Plus Possible Netbook/iPhone News

Apple MacBook Air A couple of smaller Apple/Mac-related sites are reporting that there will be an upcoming event held by Apple to introduce new products. They have received tips that it would be towards the end of March – Maybe March 24th.

Chances are it’s going to be desktop models (iMacs, Mac minis, and possibly Mac Pros), and it’s expected to happen soon based up many comments from various analysts and those with ties to Apple, as well as the upcoming OS X 10.5.7 update. It’s just a matter of when it will be formally announced.

With that said, a few weeks ago The Industry Standard reported on an analyst who met with Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Phil Schiller, head of Apple’s marketing, and Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) who is currently filling in for CEO Steve Jobs.

Toni Sacconaghi who met with the Apple executives, mainly discussed upcoming iPhone plans, including new models and pricing.

However, he also said that Tim Cook hinted at “ideas” for a Mac netbook. The upcoming release of the NVIDIA Ion would fit nicely into Apple’s plans, since it might be used both in a new Mac mini and a Mac netbook. It shares a similar graphics chipset with the current MacBooks.

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Asus Eee PC Shell in April, Plus New 1000HE Colors

Asus Eee PC 1000HE DigiTimes/Commercial Times is reporting that Asustek will be launching it’s new slim/ultra-thing netbook later this year, in April. It’s going to be somewhere above the 10-inch Asus Eee PC S101 as far as features and battery life. DT also mentions it being “easier to carry

It’s going to be called The Shell or Eee PC Shell, and will retail for around $490 – $575 USD. Update: This is now the Asus Eee PC 1008HA

The report also mentions that Acer will be launching a slim netbook in April as well. This follows reports and eyewitness accounts of this device.

Meanwhile, NotebookItalia.it is reporting that the Asus Eee PC 1000HE will be available in more colors.

The new colors will be: white, brushed-silver, pink and onyx. They have photos of the various colors, and the brushed-silver is reminiscent of the aluminum MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and in my opinion, the best looking out of the bunch. They join the currently shipping black and blue models.

NotebookItalia.it (Italian) (Translated into English)
via SlashGear

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HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition at Sam’s Club

HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition If you are in the US and have a Sam’s Club nearby, you might keep a look out for a new display that Hewlett-Packard has up for the 10″ Intel Atom-powered Vivienne Tam Edition of the HP Mini 1000.

Gear Diary has pictures of it up, and it’s pretty hard to miss. It’s large, red, and boldly declares the Vivienne Tam Edition to be “SLIM, SLEEK, AND ULTRA CHIC“.

HP has used a similar setup for advertising their HP Mini 1000

The pricing is good – $598 with Bluetooth. Normally that would set you back over $700 USD.

– Model 1140NR
– 10.1″ BrightView LED-Display
– 1GB RAM/Memory
– Bluetooth
– 60GB HDD
– 6 months of unlimited online storage for up to 3 PCs with HP Upline
– 3-cell Lithium-Polymer Battery

If you are curious, it is listed on the Sam’s Club website.

Read/View: Gear Diary

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