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HP Mini 1000  (Source: HP)
Mini 1000 will be available with two screen sizes and SSD or HDD options

The netbook market is booming and new machines are cropping up from virtually all PC makers. The netbook is a very hot seller with many market research firms crediting it for the continued growth of the computer market despite the poor economy.

HP introduced its first netbook in April called the Mini-Note and is now unveiling the Mini 1000. Some information on the Mini 1000 leaked last week and today HP made the system official. The netbook is available with the piano black HP imprint finish and runs Windows XP Home.

Connectivity options include two USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional 3G broadband connectivity. Mini 1000 models with integrated 3G are expected to ship in December. The keyboard of the netbook is 92% of full size, which should make for better typing than on smaller netbooks.

HP will offer two screen sizes on the Mini 1000 including 10.2-inch and 8.9-inch LED backlit screens with the same 1024x600 resolution. Both screens also feature flush glass. Storage options include both SSDs and a HDD.

In addition to the Windows XP version, a Linux version is available as well. All of the systems use the same Intel Atom N270 CPU. RAM is either 512MB or 1GB depending on the version chosen and all graphics are via Intel GMA 950.

SSD capacities are 8GB or 16GB and the lone HDD choice is a 60GB 4200 RPM PATA drive. The primary battery for the Mini 1000 is a 3-cell lithium polymer battery. Overall weight for the machine is 2.23 pounds and it measures 10.3-inches x 6.56-inches x 0.99-inches (LxWxH). The Mini 1000 systems start at $399.99.

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By Diesel Donkey on 10/29/2008 10:46:44 AM , Rating: 2
60GB 4200 RPM PATA drive

PATA rather than SATA? What is the reason for this? Does PATA use less power or enable a smaller connector or something? Certainly a 1.8" or 2.5" 4200 RPM drive won't saturate the PATA connection, but that still seems like a step backwards.

By Calin on 10/29/2008 11:04:39 AM , Rating: 2
I remember reading in some MacBook article (MacBook Air maybe) that they used a PATA SSD, as the serial ATA interface was using more power.

By amanojaku on 10/29/2008 11:24:08 AM , Rating: 2
The SATA interface uses LESS power (0.5V) than the PATA interface (5V.) No, voltage does not equal power, but this is good enough for this discussion. It is the SATA chipset that uses more power than the PATA chipset. 100-133MB/sec is a lot slower than 150-300MB/sec and therefore needs a slower chipset.

By bobsmith1492 on 10/29/2008 11:37:39 AM , Rating: 2
Interface voltage has nothing to do with interface power except in CV^2 switching losses.

Like you said, though, it's all in the chipset.

By TomZ on 10/29/2008 12:36:08 PM , Rating: 3
No, that's incorrect - nothing to do with voltage. The SATA interface intrinsically requires more power than PATA. You can say that is because of the chipset, but that it a little deceiving because the reason the chipset consumes more power is because the power to drive the bus all flows throught the chipset. :o)

By therealnickdanger on 10/29/2008 11:09:24 AM , Rating: 3
They probably have a bunch of them sitting around from 2003.

By headbox on 10/29/2008 3:19:01 PM , Rating: 2
seems like the most likely reason

By drebo on 10/29/2008 11:33:55 AM , Rating: 3
It's likely because it's a 1.8" drive, not a 2.5" drive, and I'm not aware of any 1.8" drives which use a SATA interface.

By quiksilvr on 10/29/2008 12:51:47 PM , Rating: 2
By on 10/29/08, Rating: -1
Some article errors...
By quiksilvr on 10/29/2008 1:00:59 PM , Rating: 2
Only the 10.2" has the infinity display option (flush glass) not the 8.9". 3G isn't an option yet (did they not release it yet or are they not doing it?). Other than that this looks like an EEE PC killer. It less than 500 bucks for a 10.2" laptop and has the features people need for ultra portability. Good move on HP's part.

RE: Some article errors...
By quiksilvr on 10/29/2008 1:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
Nvmd about 3G, should learn to read articles.

RE: Some article errors...
By headbox on 10/29/2008 3:20:47 PM , Rating: 2
every netbook released since the EEE PC is an EEE PC killer.

Is anybody else disappointed?
By superunknown98 on 10/29/2008 4:26:54 PM , Rating: 2
The specs for this aren't any different than the other 10 netbooks available. Where is the VIA nano or the dual core atom? And why did the screen resolution go down? I want more inovation not mediocracy.

By Mojo the Monkey on 10/29/2008 4:56:45 PM , Rating: 3
Here here! Bring on the dual core atom, OLED screens, backlit keys, bucky/nanotube paper cases, multitouch hepatic screens, and integrated graphics that can do more than play Pacman convincingly. And freaking cut the price to less than an iPod, while you're at it. Jeesh.

Another laptop to make sony cringe.
By zshift on 10/30/2008 11:01:41 AM , Rating: 2
Man, must suck for sony, since they have come out with so many small (and overpriced) laptops over the years.

I remember a year or two ago seeing an 11.1" vaio for about 1500ish (don't quote me on this price). had like a 1.2 GHz ulv and 512 ram and tine 1.8" hdd. now same specs cost $600 and under...

poor sony :p

By FishTankX on 10/31/2008 1:56:16 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair..

A small vaio generally gets better battery life, more CPU power, a larger screen, a larger keyboard, and more output options than a netbook.

Netbooks never have DVI, and alot of the[ don't have bluetooth.

thumbs up for design
By Dreifort on 10/31/2008 10:55:58 AM , Rating: 2
while the specs may be on par with the other dozen or so netbooks becoming available, HP's design is a grade above the rest. At least they spent a few hrs in the case design. I like it.

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