The new consumer-focused version of their Mini-Note 2133 companion PC, the Mini 1000, will be available in three different models and multiple configurations. All three models – HP Mini 1000, Mini 1000 MIE, and Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition – share the same slim form factor, a widescreen display with LED backlight, a keyboard that is 92 percent that of standard PCs, and a webcam.
The basic HP Mini 1000 configuration starts at $399 and is powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor running Windows XP Home. From there you can bump the specs choosing between an 8.9" or a 10.2" display, up to 2GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB SSD or a 60GB HDD. The Mini 1000 ships with a 3-cell battery, so you can probably expect a sub-two hour life, and there is no built-in card reader slot.
The MIE model, starting at $379, is essentially the HP Mini 1000 with a uniquely simple and rather attractive Linux interface that streamlines the netbook experience by placing your most used apps into the home screen. And for the fashion conscious, the 10.2-inch Vivienne Tam Edition will sell for about $699, featuring a gleaming red finish and flower patterns. Last but not least there’s the Compaq Mini 700, which supposedly offers more limited functionality but at a cheaper price – specs are a bit sketchy on this one, though.
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