The Mini 100e can be fitted with either a three or six-cell battery and comes with a modem in addition to Ethernet, a reasonable addition considering it is designed for emerging markets where older internet options could be available. Unfortunately wireless connectivity is not included by default, but rather as an optional feature. At about 3.2 pounds, it's a bit heavier than some netbooks but still easy enough for kids to carry around.
In terms of software, HP is pre-loading Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Math and Microsoft Security Essentials, as well as giving users a choice of three operating systems: Windows 7 Starter, Windows XP Home or SuSE Linux Enterprise 11.The Mini 100e will go on sale next month, just in time for the back-to-school rush, and will cost no more than $300 according to HP. It doesn't seem like you'll be able to find it on the shelf at your local electronics store, though, as the company is apparently looking to sell these in volume through deals with schools and other educational institutions.