Conclusion: The HP Mini-Note is not quite an Eee PC killer, but it's a super-sleek ultra-mobile PC that will sell out as quickly as the Eee PC did.
Pros: Apple-like design. Comfortable keyboard. Spacious and sexy screen design. ExpressCard slot for 3G. SD slot. More than one USB port. Wide selection of operating systems. 2GB RAM. Wide choice of mass-storage options. Extended batteries available. Very travel-friendly.
Cons: Runs uncomfortably warm with the 7,200-rpm hard drive. Mouse buttons are awkwardly positioned.
Summary: The HP 2133 is an interesting computer. Its superior construction will attract those who are willing to pay a bit more to get good quality materials and design, while staying in a *relatively* low price range (netbooks became famous for their $300 price). You should know that the Mini-note is not built for extended periods of work (for ergonomic reasons), but it is suitable to someone who needs look at data at real desktop resolution (web, spreadsheet, graphics and so...
Conclusion: One final point for HP: Put a decent processor in this (anyone for Atom?) – and this will be the best sub-notebook on the planet. End of argument. Oh and if you fancy sending me an XP version feel free – preferably one I can “lose”!
Summary: Rarely does a notebook leave us so ambivalent â€“ there's a truly great product within the HP Mini-Note 2133 waiting to get out, if only the ergonomics of the mouse buttons and the low processor performance could be addressed. Until then, the HP Mini-Note can be recommended only to those who can look past these issues at an otherwise superbly finished portable.
Summary: I'm pretty torn over the Mini-Note. There are a lot of things about this little notebook that really turn me off, including its highly reflective screen coating that all but demands running the display at full brightness, which of course shortens battery life. The trackpad button placement is annoying, and so is the 6-cell battery bulge sticking out the bottom.
Conclusion: So should you buy an HP Mini now, or wait for a probably improved version? That depends. The Eee still has its picture in the dictionary under cute , but the 2133 should be listed under style or glamour . You won't see a more chic handheld this year. Against that, when Asus unveiled the Eee at $400, the conventional notebooks available at that price were easy to shun -- or to rationalize, "Yes, I know I could have more screen, keyboard, speed, and storage, but I'll trade...
Summary: While it's somewhat bigger and pricier than other mini-notebooks, the HP 2133 Mini-Note offers a few features that the others don’t, including an adult-size keyboard and a design more suited to business users. If all you need is a low-cost laptop that can run Windows, you may want to wait for the 9-inch version of the Eee PC. But if you require more from your mini-notebook and don’t mind paying for it, the HP 2133 Mini-Note delivers the goods.
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