HP Releases New Companion PC’s

Posted by at 9:13 pm on October 30, 2008

HP has expanded the HP Mini family with three models of a new HP Mini 1000 line.   Following the  launch of its education-focused mini PC introduced in April.

This array of mini is designed to address the needs of Internet-centric consumers, mobile professionals, always-on social media enthusiasts and fashion-forward women.

“Staying connected to your world -“ however you define it -“ is increasingly important to people on the go,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “That’s why HP is excited to address this new high-growth market with a portfolio of head-turning mini companion PCs that are fun and easy to use.”

Each is less than 1-inch thick, weighs a little more than 2 pounds and has a keyboard that is 92 percent the size of a standard notebook PC keyboard. All come with a BrightView widescreen Infinity display (1,024 x 600 resolution) with flush glass and LED backlight, built-in webcam and microphone.

Powered by Intel Atom N270 1.6-gigahertz (GHz) processors, HP Minis will be made available worldwide in an array of configure-to-order options.   Mini PCs are geared toward information “snacking” and content enjoyment, as opposed content-creation capabilities found in fully functional notebook PCs.

The three models are as follows:

The HP Mini 1000 features a piano-black finish with HP Imprint swirl design is pre-installed with Windows XP Home, making access to the web,critical files and PC applications easily portable. It includes an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities. Versions with 3G capabilities are expected to be available in December.   Configuration choices include screen size -“ 8.9-inch or 10.2-inch diagonal BrightView display -“ and solid-state or mechanical hard-drive options.

The HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition was first unveiled on the runway of Tam’s Fall 2009 Fashion Week show in Battery Park in New York, although many on the scene mistook it for a purse rather than the companion PC that it is. Tam labeled it the world’s first”digital clutch.”   It runs Windows XP Home, making the web,critical files and PC applications easily portable. It includes an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities. Versions with 3G capabilities are expected to be available in December.

The HP Mini 1000 with MIE (Mobile Internet Experience) was created as a simple, mobile Internet companion. THe MIE comes with instant messaging, email and Skype for online video chat.   Applications enabling browsing, email and online video are pre-loaded and run from the MIE dashboard, to minimize startup time. Favorite websites that are added to the dashboard stay live and can be accessed from the taskbar.   The HP Mini 1000 with MIE runs the Linux operating system. It includes an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities.

  • The HP Mini 1000 is available today in the United States at  www.hpdirect.com  with a starting price of $399.
  • The HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition is expected to be available in the United States in mid-December via  www.hpdirect.com  and at Tams designer boutique in New York City. It is expected to be priced at $699.
  • The HP Mini 1000 with MIE is expected to be available in the United States in January via  www.hpdirect.com  with a starting price of $379.

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