HP has begun offering the Mini 110 netbook with a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display. Up until a few days ago you only had the option of ordering this netbook with a 1024 x 576 pixel display or a high resolution 1366 x 768 screen.
The change doesn’t affect all models just yet. If you order the HP Mini 110 Mi Edition with Linux you’ll still get a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 576 display, but the slightly higher res version is now included in the base price of the Windows XP model.
Earlier this year a handful of PC makers including HP started releasing mini-laptops with 1024 x 576 pixel displays. Technically these screens have one advantage: They have a true 16:9 aspect ratio which means you can watch many HD videos on these netbooks without dealing with any black bars at the top or bottom of the screen. On the other hand, most folks I know spend most of their time on netbooks surfing the web, writing documents and doing things besides watching HD video. And those 24 vertical pixels make a bigger difference than you would think on a netbook which already has a relatively low resolution display. I don’t think there are a lot of people with 1024 x 600 pixel displays complaining about the odd 16:10 aspect ratio.