As expected, HP is now offering customers the option of configuring the HP Mini 5102 business netbook with a 1.83GHz Intel Atom processor. The processor upgrade is only $25, but there’s a slight catch — it’s not available on any of HP’s “Smart Buy” configurations. And that means you’ll end up paying at least $543 to purchase the HP Mini 5102 with an Atom N470 processor if you go through the HP web site. You may be able to negotiate a better deal if you’re making a bulk purchase for your business or school.
The starting price for the “Smart Buy” configurations is $399. For that price, you get a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 10.1″ 1024 x 600 pixel display, Windows 7 Starter, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 4 cell battery as well as a 160GB 7200RPM hard drive.