HP: New Prosumer netbooks
New Prosumer Netbooks from HP
HP have been pretty busy in the netbook space; offerings such as the 2133 and 2140 have been around for some time now and, whilst they’re fairly pricey, bring the sort of solid reliability you expect from the guys at Hewlett Packard. The almost bottomless pit of HP netbooks has been further extended with the new Mini 311 and Mini 110.
The 311 comes with very generous 11.6″ screen and Nvidia’s ION graphics platform - not the first to use this graphics technology but it’s certainly a welcome addition for anyone wanting that little bit more out of their display. Powered by Intel’s Atom CPU, this netbook will be available with either Windows XP or Windows 7 (you’ll have to wait until after 22nd Oct for the latter option) in either black and white. All this for about $399 - not bad considering the price tags seen on some of HP’s earlier models. Other components include an Atom N270 processor, 1GB memory, 160GB hard disk plus a six-cell battery.
The mini 110
The mini 110 comes with what most would consider to be fairly standard netbook components: Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP and a 160GB HDD. Nothing spectacular but you get what you pay for (about £279 in the UK). HP also give you an optional ‘hardware video decoder’ which gives improved HD video playback.
A new, and interesting, touch offered by HP is the inclusion of a piece of third-party software called Syncables; this lets you connect to different machines on your home/local network and then share share docs, photos, video and music, and even sync certain types of email client (Outlook and Thunderbird) with a simple click of the mouse buttons.