Unveiling the new HP Mini-Note PC

April 10, 2008 11:39 PM | Comments (9)

Asus has its Eee PC. Apple has its MacBook Air. And now, HP has its very own subnotebook, the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC. (hmm, comparatively speaking, it’s a mouthful!)

Frontal closeup

I had the pleasure of attending the Mini-Note’s Singapore launch. The Blogosphere has been buzzing about it since the official announcement.

Apparently I missed another version which was running on Linux. Now, that is some geek street cred. Then again, the Asus Eee already has it.

The Mini-Note PC looks good. It fits nicely in the hand. It fits nicely in the hand

The version I tried was running Windows Vista and had a skin on it, to make it look prettier. However it also had the heavy-duty battery attached, so it also felt heavier than I expected. HP says its weight (with normal battery) is 1.19kg.

Side view Side view.

In terms of performance, I felt it ran like a normal-sized laptop PC, though I’ll leave it to the serious reviewers to do their performance tests. Despite its size, it comes with a respectable 160gb hard drive. It comes with wireless 802.11a, b and g as well as Bluetooth.

For a subnotebook, the speakers were very loud. We could hear them even though we were in the middle of Mezzanine’s bar, which was crowded and noisy. So that’s saying a lot.

Considering its size, it had a decent number of ports on the left and right sides. Ports (left) Ports (right)

The main criticism I’ve read about so far is the unusual trackpad design. Probably due to space constraints, the left and right buttons have been moved, quite literally, to the left and right of the trackpad. Time will tell if users get accustomed to this layout.

Unusual trackpad

The other thing is the lights from the drive and wireless switches. I am wondering if there’s a need for these lights to be so strong. And they’re on, as long as the laptop is. Would that affect the battery life?

Lights too bright - waste of battery power?

Also, some like the nearly full-sized keyboard, but that also means it is larger than the Eee, which many will inevitably draw comparisons to.

HP is targetting students with its under-US$500 price tag. So it costs more than the Asus Eee but hey, it also has a MUCH larger hard drive! Even bigger than the MacBook Air. So, it is probably a question of preference. What subnotebook you choose depends on what you are looking for.

I gave a video interview for Tech65.org. Looking forward to seeing it!

And now for the more social part …

I’d like to thank Melvin for the invitation and to HP for organising this uber cool launch party!

Melvin really likes it!

See, Melvin really likes it!

My old classmate Magdalene, and me!

I was also pleasantly surprised to meet Magdalene, my old SCGS classmate. One of my first questions for her was, “Are you on Facebook?” :P She asked about Fatgirl and Monologs and Dimsumdolly. I proudly proclaimed, “I set up blogs for all of them!” While it’s been probably 14 years since we last saw each other, we felt we were still the same.

Good catching up with Ming Shen of Nuffnang - at least we finally got to work together, albeit indirectly! Always love talking politics and big ideas with Bernard Leong. Didn’t see Coleman eat much, though. Estee and Priscilla, of course, looked as good as ever!

Nice to see NTT and Farinelli again, and meet Nicole85 (good grief, I’m remembering them by their Twitternames). Very gentlemanly of the guys to give us ladies the Martinis first. Met Nicholas Aaron Khoo in person after being virtual Facebook friends for a while. Had a good chat with Michael Cheng.

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No uber tech party would be complete with Ms Alpha Geek herself! Glad you could join us! Wish Wilson was there as well.

Btw, on your note (no pun intended) about the Notebook name... HP 2133 Mini-Note PC... we can go with the shorter name 'HP Mini'... so it's quite easy on the tongue right?

psss... my dream machine is one with my signature engraved on the sleek aluminum finish. (bottom right corner of the top cover)

Nice seeing u there as well, Van!!!! *muaks*

You came late. Of course you didn't see me eat much.

Hey Van, Nice meeting you too :)

Great pic on Melvin, I've put it up on CNET!

- Nic

Nice review - peeps like me looking for something light that can fit into a handbag....to write my first novel in! The Air is lurvely but $$$ and kinda big -- interesting trackpad for HP Mini but I can see the logic of use....in any case, I always attach a mousey (razer nonetheless ;)

P.s. currently using an IBM laptop - miss the world of Mac!
Nic pic of u girl!

Thanks! You're looking more and more elegant! Nice bag! Heh!

Where can you get the laptop? how much would a fully fledged 2133 cost in sing dollars?

If you need a new battery, I suggest you could purchase one from http://www.batteryfast.com , which would shipping to you fast and the quality is satisfy satisfied.:)

Thank you for this outstanding article.I thought Centrino was the best technology for laptop battery performance.

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