hp-2140HP has announced the sucessor to the HP 2133 Mini-Note. What, you thought they’d already done that? Nope, the HP Mini 1000 is something completely different. The new HP 2140 Mini-Note looks exactly like the original HP netbook, with a sleek aluminum case and excellent keyboard (and not so excellent touchpad). But looks can be deceiving. This puppy has a new display and a new processor.

Here’s a brief rundown of the specs:

  • CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
  • Display: 10.1 inch, 1024 x  576 or 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Storage: 160GB HDD or 80GB SSD
  • 2 USB ports, mic input, headphone out, VGA port
  • 3 or 6 cell battery
  • HP 3D Drive Guard (which shuts off the hard drive in the event of a fall)

The folks at Laptop Magazine have been testing an HP 2140 for a while and have a complete review. It’s interesting to see that HP is offering the option of an even higher resolution display than the 1280 x 768 screen on the HP 2133. Many people were disappointed when HP dropped the resolution to 1024 x 600 pixels on the HP Mini 1000. I’m a bit disappointed to see that HP still thinks 2 USB ports are enough though.

The HP 2140 Mini-Note will have a starting price around $499, although you’ll have to pay more for features like the 6 cell battery or the higher resolution screen.

Update: The HP 2140 is now available for order. And you can keep up on the latest HP 2140 news from Liliputing by clicking on the site’s HP 2140 tag.

Update 2: I’ve posted a full review of the HP Mini 2140. You can also find reviews of other netbooks in the reviews section, or more detailed information about the HP Mini 2140 and other netbooks in the Liliputing Product Database.

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10 replies on “HP unveils HP 2140 Mini-Note”

  1. When and where its gonna be available in Jeddah, KSA? I’m about to buy the LG X110 this january but I heard about this HP machine…

  2. It’d be interesting to see what the price of the higher-resolution model will be – that alone should send it above the rest of the market.

    Also, it would be interesting to note who manufactures the high-res 10.1″ display.

  3. I think this is going to be a formidable contender: good keyboard, great battery life, small & trim, and, to top it off, enough screen pixels on the 1366 x 768 version to have a document and full webpage side by side. I’ve never much liked the 9 x 16 aspect ratio, but I think this _more_ than makes up for the loss of vertical pixels. Now, if I can just wait until the 1366 x 768 job is released.

    A smaller review at Computer Shopper (here), complains that typed print is not good and black, but gray and with a halo, on the 1024 x 576 version (I don’t think they mentioned the other display), but if this is true on both displays, maybe it can be corrected by changing font type or print size.)

    This one is at the top of my list now, until somebody comes out with something like it with a trackpoint 🙂

  4. Nice computer. Like the fact that the Express Card gives you some many more options.

    However, we are waiting for the Pixel Qi Screens to come out on a device like this, where we might see a lovable increase in battery use times per charge “by 5 fold” (according to Pixel Qi site). Now, with this unit with more than 7 hours with 6 cell battery if we multiplied times 5 fold what numbers would we see?

    And on top of that the Pixel Qi screen would be using integrated touchscreen built-in that would be readable in DIRECT SUNLIGHT. With this case and design, then HP would be the winner. Now, with only 2 USB ports, and that shinny backlit VGA screen, it is nice, but not that nice. Very good unit, but could be much better!

  5. Not enough USB ports?
    Fixable. The ExpressCard has the USB bus wired to it and room for a
    USB hub and four more (mini) USB ports on/in a plug-in adapter.

    1. Cool. What else do you know of, besides 3G cards, that we might want to put in the ExpressCard slot?

    2. I found some other interesting uses for ExpressCards at Wikipedia (here): Firewire 800, external SATA disk drives, SSDs, TV tuner cards, soundcards, memory card readers, and Asus’s new XG Station graphics card. And then there’s the ever-popular GPS receiver.

      Even though ExpressCard slots seem to be less common these days on newer laptops, I think they can add a lot of versatility.

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