HP may have begun taking orders for the HP Mini 2140 netbook this week, but it looks like you’ll have to wait another month or so before you can get the sexiest version of the new laptop. HP plans to offer some models with a high resolution 1366 x 768 pixel, 10.1 inch display. But right now the only units available come with 1024 x 576 pixel screens.

Several Liliputing readers called HP to ask about the higher resolution displays and were told that HP won’t be offering the new screens for at least another month. On the bright side, it appears that customers who don’t want to pay for Windows can order the HP Mini 2140 with SUSE Linux instead, which should save you around $50. There’s no Linux option available on the company’s web site yet, but you may be able to talk a sales rep into offering you a version with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop if you make a phone call.

I wasn’t particularly impressed with HP’s implementation of SUSE Linux on the HP 2133 Mini-Note, but it’s possible that the OS runs better on the HP Mini 2140 thanks to its new hardware. The original HP netbook had a VIA C7-M processor while the newer one uses an Intel Atom CPU. Of course, you could also just order a netbook running SUSE and replace it with your own operating system of choice.

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6 replies on “HP Mini 2140 with high res displays not available yet”

  1. To “Fix” the original “2133 that came with Novell SuSE SLED” with 4 GB SSD (talked to HP rep today who told me that the old SSD in that device was indeed slower then will be in the newer model of the 2133)… well, to fix the old one with SLED that would lock up and was so so so slow… try looking at putting CrunchBang 8.10.2 on it. Still might need to play with video drivers, add OpenOffice if you want from Ubuntu Repositories, maybe add DigiKam too if you want, or even replace Claws mail with Thunderbird. Very customizable. AND VERY FAST TO USE.

    Albeit – SLED might have worked faster on a better read write performing SSD (that was also a bit bigger). Crunchbang even had about only a GIG of SSD left after it was installed (but before OpenOffice, FireFox, DigiKam being added that left about half a gig after installation… maybe a bit less, but still better than SLED’s performance on the same hardware.

    1. Anonymous Reader said
      “or even replace Claws mail with Thunderbird. Very customizable. AND VERY FAST TO USE.”

      But still not as fast or as customizable as Claws Mail.

  2. I hope they polish their implementation of Suse. It is a great distro and set up correctly on this netbook it would be all most people ever need. Last time HP’s offering seemed “half baked”.

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