HP Mini 1000 Upgrade Opportunities: Easy Access to RAM and SIM Slot
After putting the HP Mini 1000 through the review process it was time to see what kind of upgrade oppurtunities are avilable on the compact and very sleek netbook. HP for one makes it really easy to get to the RAM. Forget your screwdriver, the HP has a plastic door covering its RAM which can easily be popped off (especially if you have long nails). We replaced our 1GB of RAM with a 2GB DDR2 stick and then just snapped the plastic cover back on. When we booted the system the Windows XP Home operating system recognized 1.99GB of RAM automatically.
Getting to the hard drive on the system isn’t as easy. There is no place to unscrew a panel to see the hard drive or other components. That isn’t to say that some enterprising hardware modder like JKK Mobile won’t be able to figure out a way to a way to get to the hard drive and sub in a super fast SSD, but so far we haven’t been able to. Considering that HP has revealed its plans to make the Mini 1000 mobile broadband capable, we combed the system looking for a SIM card slot and found one burried underneath the battery. We were able to slip a AT&T 3G SIM into the slot. However, we assume the system lacks the internal antenna to support the capablitiy as of now.