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HP Mini 1000 Mi review

Friday, March 20th, 2009

With the aim to offer seamless and user friendly Linux experience, HP launched their new Mi edition with the HP Mini 1000 as the first model. The latest HP Mini 1000 Mi is the same stunning notebook that you came across last year offering you an environment which is familiar and comfortable for longtime windows users.  It is much similar to their previous HP Mini 1000 and it boasts the same spectacular glossy black chassis with gray spins imprinted on the lid through in mold decorations. The HP Mini 1000 Mi measures around 0.9 by 6.6 by 10.3 inches whereas other 10 inch laptops have also achieved a chose dimension but only a few are thick less than an inch. It weights just about 2.5 pounds which makes it easily portable.

The glass screen of Mini Mi is flush and is designed with black borders which have become much common among classy notebooks. Its screen resolution is 1,024 by 576 which is a bit shorter for a standard 10 inch notebook. The speakers of the system are elegantly built in its hinge which his yet another excellent design solution that was introduced in its early version. The 92 percent keyboard of the laptop would surely need you to get familiar but it is still a welcome improvement over their previous 89 percent keyboard on notebooks like Acer Aspire One and Lenovo IdeaPad S10. However, this model from HP still has the annoying mouse buttons adjoining the touchpad which makes it a bit difficult to navigate with one finger. The touchpad on the other hand lets you select by tapping twice which is another latent workaround. You will find a touchpad above the touchpad through which you can disable both the mouse and pad buttons and it actually comes handy sometimes, especially when you are used to hitting mouse buttons accidentally.

The HP Mini 1000 Mi is designed with 2 USB ports, a microphone and headphone jack, VGA out and a 4 in 1 card reader i.e. MS Pro, MS, MMC and SD. The system comes packed with 1 GB of system memory and is sufficient enough to run the Linux operating system. Regarding your connectivity the system includes a wireless-g card along with Bluetooth features. The front of the chassis which includes a button that lets you toggle it off and one. The laptop can offer you a generous two hour and fifteen minutes from its 26-wh lithium ion, three cell battery.

The HP Mini 1000 Mi is also loaded with the same 4,200 rpm, 60 GB drive like that in the previous Mini 1000 system. It is also worth exploring this unique Linux built system for the Mi edition as HP mainly focuses on eliminating the intimidating factor of the Linux operating system. Overall the HP Mini 1000 Mi is a bit costly but you can benefit from a size cell batter along with the latest Atom processor. Although there are other manufacturers offering similar deals the Mini Mi is still one of the best and lightest netbooks that you might have come across.

ASUS EeePC 1000HE

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

ASUS have almost reached double digits in the number of their notebook variants that are launched. Additionally, the ASUS EeePC 1000HE overthrows the MSI Wind as just the pack of pint sizes notebook wannabes. Something that puts it up is not just its first use of Intel Atom N280 processor but also its revamped keyboard and pleasingly tucked away six cell battery. This EeePC 1000HE has been the new choice among editors in the category where price compassion is para mounted is because it delivers all of these at a reasonable price.

With its design the EeePC 1000HE resembles a vast majority of notebooks with its glossy coat and limited colour variations. Your only choices are among its two colour variations navy blue and black. It weighs about 3.2 pounds which can be heavier than Acer Aspire One, the MSI Wind which is 2.6 pounds and 2.9 pounds NC10-14GB notebook.  There is a frame designed around the six cell carriers which conceals the batteries so that it is flush against the base. In fact the E in EeePC 1000HE actually represents its extended battery which is a massive improvement on the battery over their previous models.

As you open the lid the caps on barreled ends are timed with steel which also include a brushed aluminum enclosure that houses the mouse touchpad and mouse buttons where both offer sharp contrast in black interior. The mouse buttons of 1000HE are substantially larger compared to Aspire One and MSI Wind which look like they are wrapped around the front bezel in the laptop’s center. However similar to other laptops the EeePC 1000HE also uses a 10 inch LED widescreen with great resolutions. Additionally the keyboard of 1000HE is completely refurbished from 1000H notebook. The keys on it are again much similar to those on Apple MacBook 13 inch and Sony VAIO VGN-Z590.

The EeePC 1000HE also does not have any exclusive features over other notebooks like it also sports a webcam, three USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, VGA-out, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Ethernet port wit other standard notebook features. However the only real advantage is the in built Bluetooth it features. It includes 160 GB hard drier, but it does not integrate an ExpressCard slot like most of the other notebooks have, which it also does not offer in built mobile broadband.

The best thing is that, EeePC 1000HE is the first laptop to feature 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 processor. This means that for a benchmark test or even when really using it you might hardly find any performance difference between the EeePC 1000HE and other systems like Aspire One and MSI Wind. Additionally ASUS have also added their software based over clocking feature similar to their other models which controls the speed of CPU. It lets you switch between different modes like Auto, High performance, super performance and power saving. However, the real advantage in transitioning to N280 processor is the reduction of motherboard space which slims down other form factors and potentially reduces the cost.