HP launched an updated version of its Mini 210 netbook recently, and I got my first chance to check out the new kids in person the other night. While the biggest change is the option to configure the netbook with either a single core or dual core Atom processor, HP has also tweaked the design a bit.

The new netbooks are available in black, blue, red, pink, and purple, and each lid has a matte finish. The keyboard and touchpad haven’t changed all that much, but HP has redesigned the base of the laptop so that a 6 cell battery sits flush with the back and bottom. In fact, the new HP Mini 210 ships standard with a high capacity 6 cell battery. There’s no longer a 3 cell option.

The HP Mini 210 starts at $329.99, but that price will only get you a black netbook with 1GB of RAM, an Atom N455 processor and Windows 7 Starter. If you’re willing to pay extra, you can get a different color, a faster processor, more memory, a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, and even step up to Windows 7 Home Premium. You can also add a 1366 x 768 pixel HD display.

Overall, it looks like the HP Mini 210 may offer more configuration options than any other consumer-oriented netbook on the market today. On the other hand, you can easily get carried away with the options. A truly souped up version of this netbook could easily run you $500 or more.

You can check out more hands-on photos after the break.

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5 replies on “Hands-on with the new HP Mini 210 netbooks”

  1. It would be great if Pixel Qi had 3qi that was able to do HD or 1366×768 so that we could get that screen (right now for business reasons we have standardized on the netbooks with the higher resolution because of software needs.

    1. Yes, it would be great if Pixel Qi offered a HD version but the company is still a work in progress. But we may see something next year if they’re a success and have more capital to start producing a wider range of their product.

      Right now they have to work through other manufacturers to produce the screens and that limits it to what most others are using right now, which isn’t HD in most cases for netbooks…

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