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.