HP Mini-Note

HP Unveils Ultra Fashionista Designer Mini-Notebook

September 9th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

This evening I was a guest of HP’s at Vivienne Tam‘s fashion show here at New York City’s fashion week. What does HP have to do with a renowned Asian fashion designer? Well they have teamed up with the designer to create the “HP Digital Clutch.”

The red clutch was in hands of the models as they walked down the runway. I was able to only catch a few shots of the device on the runway (see the gallery below).

According to the information provided by HP the clutch will sport a peony flower design and “features a unique blend of Asian and Western cultures, antiquity and modern style, technology and fashion.” Fact: the Peony is the national flower of China.  The bag was inspired by Tam’s “China Chic” style.

We will getting a look at the HP Digital Clutch at the after party, but we have been told that its the HP Mini-Note under the clothes. Of course, what we care about is if it has an Atom processor!

Updated: We got tons of shots of the Digital Clutch (along with Vivianne Tam and Serena Williams showing it off) at the after party; they are in the gallery below. We confirmed that it is the next generation of the HP Mini Note since it sports a larger 10-inch screen.

The HP Vivienne Tam Special Edition Notebook will be available early next year. No price yet but we can expect, like a Vivianne Tam dress, you will have to pay a pretty penny.

MSI Wind vs. HP Mini-Note XP – Which Boots Faster?

June 3rd, 2008 by Meghan J. McDonough, LAPTOP Web Producer/Writer

Every second you sit there waiting for your laptop to boot is another moment you’ll wish you had back when you’re lying on your deathbed and your life is flashing before your eyes. So we were wondering: how many seconds of your life will you wait for the Atom-based MSI Wind to boot as opposed to a VIA-based system like the HP Mini-Note with XP?

Check out how they both performed in the below video.

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Mini-Notebook Typing Madness: Revenge of the Wind

June 3rd, 2008 by Meghan J. McDonough, LAPTOP Web Producer/Writer

A while back, we challenged the fiercest typists in our office to a mini-notebook typeoff with the Eee PC, the HP Mini-Note and the CTL 2Go PC. The HP Mini-Note, with an average word per minute (wpm) score of 53.25, emerged the victor.

Now that the newest mini-notebook, the MSI Wind, has graced our office, we had to put it to the test. Our top type-off typers (say that three times fast), Emily “Key Crusher” Kizer and Avram “The ESC Artist” Piltch, took Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor’s “To be or not to be” test on the Wind and emerged with scores of 80 wpm and 74 wpm, respectively.

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How Hot is Your Mini-Notebook? (Literally.)

May 15th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

Mini-notebooks, such as the Eee PC 900 and the HP Mini-Note, could be the hottest things around since those nude pictures of Lindsay Lohan. But how about the real temperature of these little guys? Do they toast your legs while sitting in bed? Do your fingertips get warm while typing on the keyboard?

After some heated time with the HP Mini-Note, I took it upon myself to do some scientific testing of the small systems. Using a Raytek Mini Temp Non-Contact Thermometer Gun—our new favorite toy in the officeI’ve been testing the heat on four of the most popular mini-notebook models: the Eee PC 900, the Eee PC 701, the Everex CloudBook, and the HP Mini-Note. I also threw in a normal Dell Latitude D630 notebook as a standard laptop variable.

Since laptops have a few different heat-sensitive regions, I took readings on the the underside of the notebook, on the keyboard between the G and H key, and on the touchpad. Each of the readings on the system were taken after the same usage pattern. Our extended usage patterns consisted of three different tasks with the system running on battery power: transferring of 2GB of files from an external USB drive, surfing the Web and playing the same House episode on Hulu.com, and making a Skype video call.

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I Rejoice: HP Releases XP Drivers For the Mini-Note

May 6th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

HP should begin selling XP versions of the Mini-Note any day now, but some of us eager beavers couldn’t deal with Vista any longer and “downgraded” to Windows XP ourselves. If you have been following my Mini-Note tales, you know that installing XP is simple, however the issues begin after XP is up and running and you discover all the missing drivers.

HP has finally updated its Web site with the needed drivers for XP, including the all-important Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver. My Mini-Note was without any wireless access for a few days and I have been tethered to an Ethernet cord. Not anymore. I simply downloaded the driver to the notebook from this site and the wireless network tool popped up in my system tray.

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Upping the RAM on the Mini-Note; Still Not Giving Up on Vista

April 28th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

Lots of my fellow Mini-Note troopers, including JKOnTheRun and Brad Linder, have found installing Windows XP on the Mini-Note to solve lots of the speed and performance issues. But as my colleagues know, I am a believer in Vista. So as a last chance for Vista on the Mini-Note, I decided to increase the preloaded 1GB of RAM with a 2GB stick.

Unfortunately, the Mini-Note has only one DIMM slot so if your system comes with less than 2GB and you want to upgrade, you’ll need to throw out the factory-installed RAM.

You can check out the video below for the full process of changing the RAM. It was pretty simple and only cost me $52 for a stick of Corsair branded DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory.

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Mini-Notebook Typing Madness Part I: Eee PC

April 28th, 2008 by Meghan J. McDonough, LAPTOP Web Producer/Writer

Like everyone else, we here at LAPTOP are enamored with mini-notebooks, but we’re concerned about the size of the keyboards. While the HP Mini-Note sports an almost full-size keyboard with much more finger real estate than the Eee PC or the 2Go PC, it still has those awkward side-mouse buttons.

As we sat around the conference room mini-bar with our mini-notebooks, we thought, “what better way to test our notebooks than with a knock-down, drag-out mini-notebook type-off?”

We searched the far corners of our office for the fastest, the slowest and the fiercest typists to take on the challenge of typing Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy on a mini-notebook. Our four challengers and their typing scores on a regular-sized Lenovo Thinkpad are below:

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Speeding Up the HP Mini-Note Boot Time

April 27th, 2008 by Joanna Stern

hpminibootup.jpgI was reading Liliputing blogger Brad Linder’s experiences with the HP Mini-Note this morning and became increasingly jealous of his Mini-Note running Windows XP (his system was originally running Open SuSE). It isn’t so much that I dislike Vista (in fact, my Sony VAIO FZ which I am giving up for the Mini-Note for the next few days runs Vista Home Basic), but it seriously effects boot up time.

Linder’s Mini-Note (also configured with at 1.2 GHz VIA and 1GB RAM) running Windows XP takes less than 1 minute to boot up; it is even faster than the Eee PC 4G XP (see his video here). It takes my HP Mini-Note 2 minutes and 30 seconds to boot. The video below shows the out of the box boot experience:
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XP Coming to HP Mini-Note in Mid-May

April 16th, 2008 by Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief

Mini Note XPWhen you go to the landing page for the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC on HP’s site, it lists Windows XP Professional as one of the options under operating systems. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a downgrade as HP does, given that this OS is better suited for a mini notebook (as proven by this video by our friends over at NotebookReview.com). In fact, that’s probably the config I’d buy. Too bad XP isn’t listed as one of the pre-configured Mini-Notes HP is currently selling.

The good news? A pre-configured XP version will be available in mid-May. The bad news? There doesn’t seem to be a set timetable for configuring your own Mini-PC from scratch. We first learned of this tidbit via a chat with an online sales rep, which you can read after the jump. (Note that I had to be passed on from one rep to this one, thus the edits to the thread.) We also just got official word from HP that mid-May is indeed the availability date. We’re working on gettng specs and pricing for the XP Mini-Note and hope to have an update later today. Read the rest of this entry »

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