While I was busy messing with my server yesterday, those crazy kids at Engadget were busy posting updates about netbook related news. Rather than rehash yesterday’s news in three separate posts, I figured I’d just give you the highlights reel. So here’s Engadget’s netbook news from October 15th in 60 seconds or less:
- HP bullies OEMs into help its netbook biz: Word on the street is that HP is telling partners that it will reduce its orders from any manufacturers that are working with with ASUS, you know that company that makes the Eee PC which competes with the HP Mini-Note.
- Apricot PicoBook: A £279 netbook with a 60GB HDD, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M CPU, 8.9 inch display, and Windows XP. Basically it’s a VIA Nanobook/Everex Cloudbook with another name.
- Toshiba NB100 in the wild: A pre-production model of the Toshbia NB100 was spotted in Switzerland, and while the netbook has a nice looking case, the screen is a bit heavy on the glare and the keyboard is a bit cramped.
- Dell Inspiron Mini 12 makes an appearance on the Dell web site: A computer with a 12 inch display isn’t exactly a netbook. But if you don’t care about semantics as much as you do about finding cheap, light weight, and relatively small netbooks, it looks like the Inspiron Mini 12 will pack a higher resolution display and a more powerful CPU than its little brother, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Update: HP denies using any strong-arm tactics with OEMs.