HP Mini-Note a No-Show on EPEAT

hp2133_g2.jpgThe HP 2133 Mini-Note PC has deftly made its contribution to the mini-notebook bonanza, and as its announcement day approached, I was eagerly anticipating this notebook to follow another, if less attention-grabbing, trend: achieving an Olympic-style ranking from EPEAT, a checklist system for rating the greenness of notebooks. Just as Apple’s MacBook Air and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300 appeared among EPEAT’s list of 145 green laptops days after their respective announcements (the former earned a silver rating; the latter earned gold), I’m still awaiting a status report on the HP Mini. As participation in the ranking is purely voluntary on the part of the manufacturers, such a report isn’t necessary per se, but HP has a hefty list of 17 rated notebook models (2 gold, 15 silver), meaning the company should be up to the challenge. It makes you wonder what sort of hurried environmental consideration, if any, went into making the Mini-Note. These endeavors are especially critical in such burgeoning markets as the almighty mini-notebook, where other manufacturers will be quick to follow suit. Whoever’s up next (Acer? Dell?)? Let’s raise the bar.

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