The death of the HP 2133 Mini-Note may have been been greatly exaggerated. While HP did indeed roll out a new netbook this week, Xavier at Notebooks.com says he’s spoken with people at HP who say the origianl HP 2133 netbook is not yet at its end of life, and in fact updates may still be on the way.
While the HP Mini 1000/Compaq 700 does come with a zippier new processor and an optional 10.2 inch display, the older HP 2133 does still have a few advantages. First, it has a sturdy aluminum case. Second, it has a higher resolution 1280 x 768 pixel display, even if it is only available in an 8.9 inch form factor. Personally I’d love to see HP release an HP 2133 with a 10 inch, 1280 x 768 pixel display and either an Intel Atom or Via Nano processor. But as it turns out, this isn’t about me. Or most of you either.
Rather, while the HP Mini 1000/Compaq 700 netbooks are aimed squarely at the consumer market, the HP 2133 was always aimed at business and educational channels. And HP may continue to target those markets with this netbook. Unless business and education clients start to realize that they can save money and get a faster processor by switching to the HP Mini 1000.