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Wednesday, 09 April 2008 07:45

HP Mini-Note

HP introduced a full-function, mini-notebook PC priced starting under $500. Regarding the price it isn't a direct thread to the Eee PC, but the specs look quite promising.

HP Mini-Note

This is the 1st Laptop in it's class which features a C7-M CPU from Via. The Mini-Note will have Suse Linux pre-installed.

Designed for the education market, the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is flexible enough for students to use from the classroom to the family room.

“HP listened to our needs and now is delivering a product designed by education for education,” said Chris Sieger, director of information technology for Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia. “Teachers and technology are the two most important assets in education. HP’s announcement demonstrates that it understands what schools need from industry.”

The HP Mini-note is smaller and lighter than many math or science books. It includes a suite of wireless, multimedia & security capabilities to allow students to learn everywhere they go – from class to home, from field trips to vacations.

The HP Mini is packed with a combination of features to boost productivity and improve the overall mobile experience, including:

  • Simple, refined design and anodized aluminum shell that is sleek and sturdy yet lightweight;
  • HP DuraKeys, featuring a clear coating applied over the notebook keyboard that protects the finish and printed letters and characters;
  • An HP 3D DriveGuard, which sends a signal to shut down the hard drive upon sudden movement or shock by using a three-axis digital accelerometer chip
  • Scratch-resistant display and magnesium hinge bracket
  • A large 8.9-inch diagonal WXGA display, user-friendly full keyboard (QWERTY) and touchpad;
  • Ability to view video, still-image capture, web conferencing or video-enhanced instant messaging with no additional hardware to buy or carry. An optional integrated VGA webcam enables video and still-image capture to allow the addition of photos and video clips to presentations, documents and email;
  • Two battery solutions – three-cell for lightest-weight configurations or optional six-cell for longer battery life;
  • Wireless technologies such as integrated Wi-Fi Certified WLAN and optional Bluetooth™, allowing students to access the Internet as well as communicate via email, IM, chat, VOIP and blogging. The wireless technologies also enable connections at hotspots as well as with Bluetooth devices such as printers, mice and headsets; and
  • Optional Absolute Software’s Computrace allows IT professionals to work with local law enforcement to track and help recover stolen or missing computers, inventory computers district wide and detect changes in hardware and software.

The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC starts at $499 and is expected be available later this month.

You can read the full press-release here