After a false start over the weekend, HP has finally gotten around to officially launching the HP Mini 1000. This machine is the second netbook from HP. It replaces the HP Mini 2133 Mini-Note, and in some respects the HP Mini 1000 is certainly an upgrade. In others, not so much.
While the new model has a faster CPU, it also lacks some of the polish that made the older version shine. On the bright side, HP seems to be cleaning out its stock of the HP 2133, which means you can pick some older models up for dirt cheap. For instance, Amazon has a Linux model for just $299.
The HP Mini 1000 will come in three base configurations. All three have a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, Ethernet, 2 USB ports, a mini VGA slot (adaptor required), 802.11b/g WiFi, a choice of an 8.9 inch or 10.2 inch display, and optional Bluetooth.
- HP Mini 1000 with Windows XP
- HP Mini 1000 with MIE (Mobile Internet Experience, which is HP’s cute way of saying a custom user interface built on top of Ubuntu Linux)
- HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition (the designer version we’ve been seeing for a while, which is virtually identical to the HP Mini 1000 except it comes standard with the larger display and has a designer floral pattern which apparently drives the price up by $300).
Measuring just 10.3″ x 6.6″ x 1″ The HP Mini 1000 is a bit thinner than the HP 2133 which measures 10.1″ x 6.5″ x 1.3.” And at 2.2 to 2.4 pounds, it weighs a bit less too. The HP 2133 weighs about 2.6 pounds. The new model has the same excellent keyboard. But here’s what you lose:
- The HP Mini 1000 case is made of cheaper plastic instead of aluminum.
- There’s a single jack for headphone and mic input instead of two separate jacks.
- You need to plug in an adaptor to connect to a VGA monitor.
- There’s no ExpressCard slot anymore.
- While you can now choose between an 8.9 inch display and a 10.2 inch display, the resolution has dropped from 1280 x 768 to 1024 x 600.
The HP Mini 1000 also has a touchpad that is similar to the HP 2133 touchpad, with the left and right buttons on the left and right of the pad instead of below it. This makes tapping just a tiny bit more difficult.
You can pick up an HP Mini 1000 from the HP shopping site today for a base price of $399. But that model will have just 512MB of RAM, an 8.9 inch display, and 8GB of solid state memory. If you want a 16GB SSD, or 60GB, 4200RPM PATA hard drive, you’ll have to pay more. Want more RAM, a 10.2 inch display, and Bluetooth? That will bring the price up to around $525.
The Vivienne Tam edition will be available in December, and as I mentioned it comes with the larger display. But it also has a higher price tag of $699.
Possibly the most interesting model is the HP Mini 1000 with MIE, which will be available soon. It starts at $379, which isn’t much less than the Windows XP model. But it comes with a custom version of Ubuntu and an HP designed software interface that makes the Dell launcher for Ubuntu on the Inspiron Mini look like child’s play. You can check the interface out in the video below from Notebooks.com. And make sure to check out the detailed review of the HP Mini 1000 that Laptop Magazine is running with information on the battery life and performance.