HP has started offering configuration options for the Mini 5101 business-class netbook. The pre-configured version of this netbook starts at $399, while the base price for customizable models are $539 if you want Windows XP and $498 if you choose the model with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Bear in mind, the only way to get those prices is to ignore all upgrades and remove the WiFi and Bluetooth options.
In other words, even though it only costs $25 to configure the netbook with a high resolution 1366 x 768 pixel display, you’ll essentially wind up paying almost $200 more to get that option… for now. It’s likely that HP will offer a wider variety of pre-configured HP Mini 5101 units soon, at lower prices.
Here are some of the options that are now available:
- Choice of SUSE Linux or Windows XP
- Choice of a standard 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display or a higher resolution 1366 x 768 pixel screen for an extra $25
- 2GB of RAM available for $25 extra (not applicable for Windows XP Home version)
- Choice of 160GB, 250GB, or 320GB hard drive or 128GB SSD, with the SSD option costing an extra $420
- Choice of an Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi module as a $20 upgrade from the standard Broadcom module
- Optional 3G modem for $125
- 4 cell, 29Whr battery included standard, or upgrade to a 6 cell, 55WHr battery for $25
You can also customize your warranty options and choose accessories including a docking station, hub, or external hard drive.