In fact, you can now customize the HP Mini 5102 business-class netbook any way you want. Unfortunately, the lowest priced model (with SUSE Linux, a 160GB hard drive, and 1024 x 600 pixel display) will set you back $518, which is about $119 more than the price of the lowest Smart Buy configuration (as of next week).
A top-of-the-line configuration could easily run well over $1000.
Here are some of the configuration options available:
- OS: Choice of Windows 7 Starter, Win 7 Pro, Win XP Home, SUSE Linux 11, or FreeDOS
- Display: 1024 x 600 pixels, 1366 x 768 pixels, or 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen (there is no HD touchscreen option)
- Graphics: Optional Broadcom HD Video Decoder card
- RAM: 1GB to 2GB
- Storage: 160GB/250GB/320GB 7200RPM HDD or 80GB/128GB SSD
- Wireless: Optional Bluetooth 2.1, choice of 802.11a/b/g/n or 802.11b/g/n
- 3G: Optional Gobi 2000 mobile broadband card with GPS
- Battery: 4 cell, 29Whr or 6 cell, 66Whr
- Colors: Red, blue or black lids
The optional handle attachment costs $30. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s probably worth pointing out that the handle is not designed to be user-removable. If you order the netbook with the handle, it stays attached all the time.
Unfortunately it looks like you’re going to have to shell out some extra cash if you want the touchscreen or an HD display. Those options won’t be made available in any Smart Buy configurations that I’m aware of.