Senin, 09 Mei 2011

More colorful HP netbook gets hi-res option and larger drives, too

HP announced a revamped version of its Mini 210 netbook that includes upgraded audio plus color that's skin-deep. Still with a choice of Intel Atom processors and Windows 7 operating systems, the device now includes a social-media-centric upgrade to the available, Linux-based QuickWeb operating system, according to the company.

Now, we have a third generation of the Mini 210. It mostly offers the same old tech, though HP is now offering a 1366 x 768 pixel option for the display, as well as hard drives that start at 250GB and go up to 500GB.

The main fillip here is color: "sweet purple," "charcoal," "crimson red," "luminous rose", or ocean drive. The HP-supplied photo above doesn't do a good job of showing it (go to Liliputing or PC Perspective for more revealing images), but color is, unusually, extended throughout the top of the device, including between its keys.

According to HP, the Mini 210 features a new 3.0 version of the QuickWeb that includes a customizable widget dashboard and syncs to Windows bookmarks. Users can chat with friends on Skype, update Facebook posts or tweets, and view their social calendars all in one place, the company adds. Version 3.0 may be the last to appear on HP devices, as the company says it will instead offer a version of its own, Linux-based WebOS operating system on all its Windows PCs starting next year.

Purchasers of the N475 or N550 versions of the Mini 210 who want an additional speed boost may select an optional Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator. Thusly equipped, the devices play back 720p and 1080p video from local files or "the most advanced video websites," according to HP.

Specifications listed by HP for its thrice-revised Mini 210 include the following:
1. Processor -- 1.66GHz Atom N455, 1.83GHz Atom N475, or 1.5GHz, dual-core, Atom N550
2. Chipset -- Intel NM10, plus optional Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator
3. Memory -- 1GB or 2GB of DDR3 RAM
4. Display -- 10.1-inch screen with 1024 x 600 or 1366 x 768 resolution
5. Camera -- webcam (resolution n/s)
6. Storage -- 250GB (5400 or 7200rpm), 320 (5400 or 7200rpm), or 500GB (7200rpm)
hard disk drives
7. Expansion -- SD slot
8. Networking:

* LAN -- 10/100 Ethernet
* WLAN -- 802.11b/g/n
* PAN -- Bluetooth (optional)
* WWAN -- GSM or CDMA cellular modem (optional)

9. Other I/O:

* GPS receiver (optional)
* 3 x USB 2.0
* 1 x VGA
* audio I/O (mic in and headphones out)

10.Battery -- six-cell, with up to 10.75 hours of operation
11.Dimensions -- 10.55 x 7.51 x 1.26 inches
12.Weight -- 3.1 pounds
13.Operating system -- Windows 7 Starter or Windows 7 Home Premium with QuickWeb

Further information

According to HP, the Mini 210 is available in the U.S. now, with prices starting at $329 and $399, respectively. More information may be found on the company's Mini 210 product page.

In addition to the Mini 210, HP also announced larger, enterprise-focused portable computers, including a 12.1-inch laptop whose screen flips around into a tablet configuration, the EliteBook 2760p. eWEEK offers a brief summary.

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