May 21 2010

HP Has Plans for a WebOS Tablet Instead of a Netbook

Hewlett Packard has acquired both Palm and its WebOS platform, but according to an HP executive in Taiwan, will not be manufacturing any type of netbook with this technology.  Instead, HP has plans to create a tablet that is based on the WebOS operating system.

Monty Wong, the Vice President of the Personal Computing Systems Group at HP Taiwan, said that an HP WebOS tablet might be ready by October of this year, but did not offer any further details regarding the device’s release.  More details are expected to surface later in July, after the Palm acquisition is finalized.

Furthermore, Wong believes that netbooks are too similar in functionality to laptops, so it wouldn’t make sense to play in that arena.  Also, making a WebOS-based netbook that is operated by a mouse and keyboard seems silly because WebOS is a touch-based operating system.  It’s better for HP to create a tablet, since touchscreen netbooks and laptops haven’t been big hits in the market thus far anyway.

Via Myce.

May 10 2010

Acer, ASUS, and HP Lead Netbook and CULV Notebook Growth in 2010

Market research company iSuppli is reporting that notebook shipments are expected to post double-digit growth in 2010.  This growth is expected because of increased shipments for netbooks and Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (or CULV) notebooks.

Overall in 2010, 209.5 million units of notebook PCs will be shipped, which is 25.5% higher than the amount of notebooks shipped the previous year.  The netbook category itself is expected to have 34.5 million shipments in 2010, a 30% increase from the previous year.  Four years from now in 2014, netbook shipments are expected to hit a whopping 58.3 units!  CULV notebooks are expected to have 14.5 million units shipped in 2010, which is a 93% increase from last year’s 7.5 million units.

Taiwan-based netbook manufacturer Acer leads the pack in netbook shipments; it has been the market leader for two years and holds 37% of the market.  ASUS, also Taiwan-based, currently ships 5.5 million netbook units and holds 21% of the market.  Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, and Dell are third, fourth, and fifth in netbook shipments.  These top five netbook manufacturers make up 90% of the market.

Via eWeek.

May 9 2010

HP Mini 210 Gets a Plaid Pink Makeover

Hewlett-Packard has tried different designs with their netbooks before, and wanting to spice up the color palette even more for their netbooks, the company has recently come out with two new color schemes for the HP Mini 210 netbook in particular, White Crystal and Preppy Pink.  The Preppy Pink design pictured below is created using HP Imprint 3D, which produces a layered three-dimensional visual effect of the plaid on the exterior of the netbook.  Both the White and Pink netbooks will be available starting on June 15th for $349 each.

Besides the new colors, the netbooks themselves have not observed any changes in the equipment or otherwise.  To learn more about the HP Mini 210 netbook, check out one of our previous articles.

Via CNet.

Nov 20 2009

Give Your Loved One a Netbook This Holiday Season

LightInTheBox.com has recently put up a webpage with a selection of 38 recommended netbooks that woud lmake great gifts this holiday season. Some netbooks on the site cater more to students while other cater more to professionals, but all of them are no doubt adequate for doing the most common of tasks, which include but are not limited to e-mailing, surfing the Internet, and editing documents.

The netbooks on this site range from $129.99 to $1,270.00 and many of them even have free (international) shipping. There are the big name brands like ASUS, HP, and Samsung and a few of the lesser known brands such as Kohjinsha and Viliv, among others. Check them out!

Via SearchSysCon.

Oct 7 2009

Students in North Kansas City, Missouri Get Netbooks

Like many other areas, school district officials in North Kansas City, Missouri believe that netbooks will encourage students to complete classwork and homework. They’re testing this theory by issuing netbooks to high school students.

The issuing of netbooks has already begun this week at Oak Park High School in North Kansas City and will ultimately expand to all Staley, Winnetonka, and North Kansas City high schools by Thanksgiving.

In total, 1,300 students will be receiving 10.5″ netbooks with Wi-Fi capabilities. The school district has already put firewall protection on these netbooks. Of course, the netbooks are not for students to keep. Parents will be liable for the full cost of the netbook if it gets damaged.

Normally the netbooks would cost $400 per unit but the school district has signed an agreement with Hewlett-Packard that brought the cost down to $300 per unit.

Via KMBC.

Oct 5 2009

HP Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness with Netbook and Accessory Bundle

Joining Sony in efforts to promote breast cancer awareness, Hewlett-Packard has introduced its own pink netbook and accessory bundle.

The HP Pink Chic netbook and accesory bundle includes a 10.1″ netbook with 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive, an HP Mini Pink Chic sleeve, and an HP Mini retractable pink mouse.  The netbook runs on Windows XP and weighs roughly 2.57 pounds, which is pretty decent.

You can get this entire bundle at Best Buy for $379.99 ($10 more than the price for only an HP Mini Pink Chic netbook) and HP will be donating $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for each Pink Chic sleeve or Pink Mouse sold between 9/20/2009 and 12/31/2009. Pick up yours today and join the fight against breast cancer!

Via Chipchick.

Sep 10 2009

HP and Vivienne Tam Team Up For Digital Clutch Netbook

For all those ladies out there who are bored of the plain old, solid-colored netbook designs, here’s something for you.

Hewlett-Packard and Vivienne Tam are teaming up again to bring another designer digital clutch netbook to the market. The new device is rumored to arrive in Spring 2010, but no further information is yet known about its tech specs.

The digital clutch will debut during New York Fashion Week at Tam’s fashion show and be based on Tam’s Spring 2010 collection. The design is inspired by the famous Chinese love story, Butterfly Lovers.

Via Slashgear.

Aug 21 2009

5 Things That Suck About The HP Mini 5101 Netbook

HP Mini 5101

We’ve gone over the HP Mini 5101 before, but with that flashy, businessy feel and a great set of specs to match, we just can’t get enough of it. The machine is so nice that its beauty only serves to highlight its flaws, so forgive us if we look like massive complainers in this article.

  1. The trackpad is a smudge magnet.
  2. Setting up Windows XP can take as long as 45 minutes.
  3. Comes with the annoyingly paranoid McAfee anti-virus, which blocks apps like Firefox from connecting to the internet.
  4. Only has a four hour battery life, weak compared to the five hours of the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE (which also comes with a six-cell battery).
  5. Flash video is nice, but QuickTime and YouTube clips are little more than slideshows with the Intel Atom N280.

In short, do your research before you get on the HP Mini 5101 bandwagon, and make sure that video performance and sub-optimal battery life won’t ruin an otherwise awesome netbook for you.

Via Wired.

Aug 17 2009

HP “Better Together” Promo Gives Readers a Chance to Win Netbook/Notebook/Backpack Bundles

Together with 24 other sites, HP and Notebooks.com will be giving away back-to-school bundles, each consisting of an HP Mini 110 (XP Edition) netbook, an HP Pavilion dv6t notebook, and a Timbuk2 backpack.

Notebook.com hasn’t decided how they’re going to give away their netbook/notebook/backpack bundle yet, but for their site at least, anyone in the world can enter the giveaway, as long as they can enter hometown contests.

By participating in this giveaway, HP is promoting the use of netbooks and notebooks simultaneously. Some users may be more satisfied if they have and use two devices at the same time. It’s like having and using an iPhone and a notebook.

If you’re interested in learning more about Hewlett Packard’s Mini 110 netbook, the netbook that’s involved in this giveaway, check out one of our previous articles.

Below is a list of all the sites or blogs that will be participating in the giveaway throughout August and September, along with the start and end dates. The promo’s already started, so be sure to get in on the action soon!

Site/Blog Name Start Date End Date
Student Bloggers 12-Aug 16-Aug
Geek Zone 13-Aug 17-Aug
Kill Jill Goes to College 14-Aug 18-Aug
Study Successful 15-Aug 19-Aug
Gear Live 16-Aug 20-Aug
CampusGrotto 17-Aug 21-Aug
Poorer Than You 18-Aug 22-Aug
Notebooks 19-Aug 23-Aug
ThePrereq. 20-Aug 24-Aug
Hack College 21-Aug 25-Aug
College Times 22-Aug 26-Aug
OSNN.net 23-Aug 27-Aug
Green Panda Treehouse 24-Aug 28-Aug
Building Camelot 25-Aug 29-Aug
Mocha Dad 26-Aug 30-Aug
College Candy 27-Aug 31-Aug
Studenomics 28-Aug 1-Sept
The 2.0 Life 29-Aug 2-Sept
Geek  Room 30-Aug 3-Sept
Debt Free Scholar 31-Aug 4-Sept
One Day One Job 1-Sept 5-Sept
Daddy Forever 2-Sept 6-Sept
Clinton Fitch 3-Sept 7-Sept
Zen College Life 4-Sept 8-Sept
Gear Diary 5-Sept 9-Sep

Via Notebooks.com.

Jul 29 2009

HP Rumored to Launch New 10″ and 11″ Netbook Models

So, the latest rumor on the block is that HP will be releasing new 10.1″ and 11.6″ netbooks. For right now, it’s just a rumor, but here are some basic details that have been uncovered about these potential releases.

HP is rumored to have hired Quanta to make the 11.6″ netbooks, and production of these netbooks is rumored to start in August of this year. Quanta will also make 10.1″ netbooks, but production of these is not rumored to start until the end of 2009.

In addition to Quanta, HP is also rumored to employ Inventec for manufacturing revisions of HP’s 10.1″ netbook. Production of these netbooks is rumored to be set for the end of September.

Even though we’re super excited about potential HP netbooks, at the moment, we don’t have any more details on their tech specs or planned release. No worries though, as soon as details become available, we’ll make sure to let you know.

Via Digitimes.

Image via MobileWhack.

Jun 24 2009

Acer Predicts Netbooks Will Be Roughly 25% of Its Total Notebook Shipments

Acer has recently stated that netbooks could make up as much as 25% of all its notebook shipments during 2009. One of the reasons for this is the increase in netbook sales by telecom companies, which have enticed customers to purchase low-priced netbooks bundled with monthly data plans.

Acer currently predicts that it will sell between 10 million and 15 million netbooks within 2009. This Taiwan-based company is currently the world’s third largest PC manufacturer and second largest notebook manufacturer.

One of Acer’s goals is to overtake Hewlett Packard and become one of the world’s largest notebook manufacturer. If Acer continues selling netbooks at the rate that it’s predicting, it may overtake HP one year earlier than expected (by 2010).

Via TaipeiTimes.

Jun 24 2009

New HP Mini 5101 Netbook Is Classier Than Ever

HP’s latest netbook is top of the line, at least according to a recent announcement, and is intended for business professionals rather than kids or budget buyers.

Called the HP Mini 5101, it follows such netbooks as the HP Mini 110 and 1101. It features an “anodized aluminum display enclosure with a black, brushed finish, paired with magnesium alloy in the lower half of the shell.” The 95% full-sized chiclet keyboard isn’t just pretty – it’s spill resistant as well.

It weighs 2.6 lbs, and the 10.1-inch WSVGA LED display is fantastic as well. HP put in a 2-megapixel camera as well, and you can get the new netbook with either a 4- or 6-cell battery for up to eight hours of battery life.

The netbook comes in at $449 and is Energy Star certified for the environmentally conscious.

Via ZDNet.

May 27 2009

HP to Release Three Mini Netbooks By Summer 2009

This summer, Hewlett Packard is rumored to release three new mini netbooks, the Mini 110 XP Edition, the Mini 110 Mobile Internet (Mi) Edition, and the Mini 1101. All of these netbooks will have 10.1″ screens, roughly weigh 2.3 pounds, and come with either a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor or a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor.

These new netbooks will be ideal for surfing the web, checking e-mail, and listening to music, some of the more simplier computing tasks. HP referred to the tasks that the netbooks can do as “information ‘snacking.’”

The HP Mini 110 XP Edition:

The HP Mini 110 XP Edition can support up to 1 GB of RAM and can be equipped with either a 32 GB solid state drive or a regular 160 GB hard drive. Users have the option to install a Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator, which allows for a 1080p high-def video experience.

The 110 XP is rumored to be available in Black Swirl by June 10 (in the U.S.) at www.hpdirect.com and will start at a price of $329. By July 8, the 110 XP is rumored to be available in Pink Chic and White Swirl.

The HP Mini 110 XP Mobile Internet Edition:

The HP Mini 110 XP Mi Edition netbook is similar to the Mini 110 XP Edition netbook, but more geared towards mobile users. It is equipped with applications that allow for browsing the web, checking e-mail, and watching videos, among other tasks, from the netbook’s dashboard. The Mi runs on a Linux operating system, can support up to 2 GB of RAM, and can be equipped with up to a 250 GB hard drive.

The 110 XP Mi is also rumored to be available by June 10 at www.hpdirect.com. The price tag for this netbook will be $279.99.

The HP Mini 1101:

The HP Mini 1101 is the most business-oriented netbook of the three that HP will release this summer. It can either run on the Windows XP Home, XP Pro, or Vista operating system. HP Mobile Broadband will be an option for this netbook.

The 1101 is rumored to be available by June 1 and cost $329.

Via eWeek.

Apr 18 2009

Can HP Netbook Subsitute for a Regular Laptop?

Netbooks are gaining in popularity against laptops, cell phones (Blackberries and iPhones in particular), and other mobile devices used for business purposes. Boasting ultraportability, many company executives and businessmen are using netbooks more and more on a daily basis, especially during business meetings and short business trips.

Since their weight is roughly half the weight of a laptop, netbooks are less of a burden to transport. Also, it is easier to access and view documents on a netbook than on the screen of a cellular device.

hp_mini_2140

Hewlett Packard’s Mini 2140 is a solid product when it comes to netbooks. Not only does it have a sturdy structure that makes it better equipped to withstand daily wear and tear, its technical specifications also allow it to have similar functionality as that of a regular laptop computer; the amount of memory and storage that this netbook comes equipped with allows it to function as a regular laptop would.

The Mini 2140 is roughly three pounds. The device comes with the Intel Atom processor and with either Windows XP or Vista or SUSE Linux. (Bootup time for a Mini that runs on the basic version of Microsoft Vista is very fast.)

Another thing that makes this netbook a good product is its battery, which lasts for roughly six hours on average. HP claims that it can even last up to 10 hours! The Mini 2140 also has wi-fi certified WLAN with Bluetooth.

Via ITBusiness.

Jan 27 2009

HP Mini 1000 6-Cell Netbook Battery

A new product recently appeared in the annals of the HP Parts Store, and the quick eyes of PortableMonkey caught it for what it was: a new 6-cell netbook battery for the HP Mini 1000.

The battery hasn’t been officially announced yet, but it turns out its specs are 2.4Ah and 53 Wh. It’s in stock and available for order at an immense $153.90, plus shipping and handling. Yikes.

hp_mini_1000_6-cell_battery-480x220

It may not be cheap, considering that the HP Mini 1000 netbook group starts at just over $300. Of course, double the battery life is an enticing prospect. If you’ve got the cash, it’s worth it.

Of course we also aren’t figuring in the bulk the battery might add – consider the hilariously massive 10-cell battery for the ASUS Eee PC.

You can’t get the product directly from the products page, however. If you seriously want this for your netbook, go here, choose where you’re from, and search for product code 517581-001.

Also, if you really like the HP Mini-1000 netbook, be sure to check out the mobile broadband netbook deal we covered a while back.

Nice find!

Via PortableMonkey.

Dec 16 2008

Analyst Sees Apple Netbook On The Horizon

Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research Inc. has gotten out his crystal ball and is predicting an Apple netbook by next month’s Expo and Macworld Conference.

He was quick to offer a disclaimer. “I don’t have any inside information… this is just by triangulation.”

The weak economy has seen sales of cheap laptops and netbooks skyrocket. According to Gottheil, Apple intends to make the most of this movement. “They like to have a big surprise at MacWorld,” he said. “They don’t need to have one, but they like to.” Whereas Apple has always distrusted the netbook market, “It looks like netbooks are real, and getting a certain amount of traction. And this recession looks serious.” Gottheil thinks the next big step is a netbook from Apple.

Apple generally avoids the bottom of the market. There’s no question: iPhones and MacBooks are luxury items. It is likely that Apple doesn’t want to cannibalize sales of its Macbook by offering a more Spartan netbook version. If they do indeed enter the netbook industry, Apple’s going to want to take a different spin on it.

MacBook

This is where Gottheil’s predictions come in. In his view, Apple’s netbook will operate within a “closed system”; software will only be available through the iPhone-style App Store. Device restore will be done through iTunes, backup through some kind of online service, and add-on/peripheral choices will be strictly limited.

“By controlling the software that can be loaded and the hardware that can be attached, Apple’s device will be simpler, easier to use and more reliable than a PC, and will excel at the functions most required by users.”

Gottheil sees Apple as a company with the power to redefine the netbook category. The game with Apple netbooks will be to depart from complex, Linux-based computing and make it “dirt-simple for the user,” he said. “Macs have a good deal less hassle than PCs, but they don’t have zero hassle. To some people, they are intrinsically intimidating.”

He points to Google as a possible software supplier and Hewlett-Packard as a likely peripheral partner.

Apple Logo

Gottheil’s even gone so far as to predict some specifics about the new netbooks. He expects to see one Macbook Air-sized machine and another $599 machine that will more closely resemble current netbooks. Just as Apple opened the iPhone to third-party programs four months before the launch of the 3G iPhone, Gottheil thinks there will be a delay between the release of the two netbooks.

“I don’t necessarily expect it to be a touch screen,” he noted. “In fact, I don’t think it will. But I do think that the interface would present simple, straight-forward choices.”

It is likely that Apple will use its sustained relationship with users to up sell and cross-sell them into buying netbooks. This is why the App Store would work; even if Apple doesn’t make much from software sells it will get some big returns on applications.

App Store

Gottheil sees one downside to this program – though the point of the plan involving the App Store would be to avoid cannibalizing the MacBook, some amount will be inevitable. Jobs once commented that his company doesn’t “know how to make a $500 computer that’s not a piece of junk,” so at $599 the Apple netbooks will still be twice as expensive as the cheapest netbooks already out there.

We can only hope Gottheil’s right – an Apple netbook would mean a humongous boost in the industry. That means more competition, more innovation, and more new releases. People have been itching for an Apple netbook, with one guy going so far as to mod an MSI Wind back in November. The same thing is on everyone’s mind, so we hope Jobs is listening.

Via ComputerWorld.

Dec 7 2008

Two Welcome Upgrades On The HP Mini 1000

This just in – HP has announced that its Mini 1000 netbook, its stylish new addition to the netbook market, can now be augmented with mobile broadband provided by AT&T or Verizon. We were pretty excited about the Mini 1000 in our December 2nd article, and this news is only making us happier.

HP Mini 1000

3G has been rearing its head on new devices since it was included on Apple’s recent iPhone update. The massive sales of the new iPhone showed that, for those on the go, Internet that doesn’t require Wi-Fi is immensely useful. HP is surely hoping to cash in on that preference.

iPhone

However, HP’s deal is a bit pricey. The 3G option will cost an additional $199, which makes me wince, but that figure doesn’t include some subsidies from the carriers. The other downside is that, for some reason, you can’t get both SSD and 3G loaded in your netbook. The Mini 1000 with WWAN forces you to use the HDD.

The cost is the only obvious downside, but don’t sigh and turn away just yet – another announcement from HP may put the bounce back in your step.

The HP is also due for a price cut! You can now get a new HP Mini 1000 for $40 less than the original price of $399. While it’s still not the cheapest on the market, the $359 HP Mini is a great bet. It sports an 8.9″ screen, the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB of space, a 3-cell battery and XP.

Dec 2 2008

The New HP Mini 1000 Netbook Is A True Beauty

The new addition to the Hewlett-Packard netbook family is called the Mini 1000, an attractive new netbook with some solid specs to boot. While comparisons to HP’s 2133 Mini-Note may be easy to pick out, there are also some huge differences. If you don’t like the changes to the HP formula an updated 2133 is expected in early February, so don’t despair.

HP Mini 1000

The Mini 1000 will keep most of the 2133′s hallmarks – the aluminum exterior, spill- and wear-resistant keyboard, ExpressCard capability, and a shock-protected hard drive with an option to take a SSD instead. The tough little netbook has an 10.2″ screen, and has upgraded from the previous Via C-7M chip to the Intel Atom netbook chip.

Aside from these perks, the Mini 1000 runs the familiar setup: 1.6GHz N270 processor, 1GB of RAM and Windows XP. However, for those so inclined, an Ubuntu Linux version is on the way for the end of January. Another change is that the HDD has shrunk to a tiny 80 GB instead of the now-standard 160 GB.

The keyboard is a welcome alternative to those currently available – it works fantastically well and offers some gently curved keys to appeal to your fingertips. HP is known for its excellent keyboards, and this one is no exception – it is 92% the size of a regular keyboard and extremely easy to use. To those turned off by the tiny keyboards of some of the earlier Eee PCs or Dell netbooks, the HP Mini 1000 will be a popular choice.

HP Mini 1000

With its $399 price tag (which can go as high as 899 with all kinds of upgrades), the Mini 1000 has a lot to offer consumers at a decent price. It looks amazing, and the keyboard is particularly excellent, but there are a few downsides. Nevertheless, it should be a hardy competitor to the 10.2″ ASUS Eee PC 1000H or Lenovo IdeaPad, which are in the same price range and power category.

Nov 15 2008

ASUS N10 Hits Taiwan

Asustek’s new N10 hit stores in Taipei today.

ASUS N10

It’s pretty, that’s for sure. Its hefty $724.21 (NT $23,900) price tag may appear to be a turn-off for more cost-conscious consumers, but the new netbook offers a range of customizations (software, DRAM, storage, etc.) that could shift the price a few hundred dollars in either direction. 3, 6, and 9 cell batteries will be available as well as 160 GB, 250 GB, and 360 GB hard disk drives.

Other features include an embedded 1.3 megapixel camera, a GeForce 9300M Nvidia graphics card, and an external multi-optical drive for recording and playing DVDs and CDs. This is quite a step, for most netbooks lack the optical drive and have only standard graphics cards and cameras.

Another interesting new feature is the magnifying software installed on the device. You tap a button, and a window covering about one fourth of the screen magnifies any text you are looking. There are options for double, triple, or quadruple magnification, though the latter makes text somewhat large and blurry.

N10 Magnifyer

It seems likely to rival HP’s Mini-Note, with a similarly metallic case and placement on the price spectrum. The case is only “metal-like” according to Asustek, however, not true aluminum like the Mini-Note.

Many have enjoyed its bigger keyboard so far, and contended that the larger track pad (with left and right click buttons at the bottom, rather than the sides) made the netbook feel far less cramped, increasing its usability. Most netbooks’ track pads are half the size of the N10′s, and most feature smaller keyboards as well. The N10′s keyboard is closer to the size of a notebook than that of a standard netbook, which leaves it feeling far more easy to use.

N10 Tracking Pad

A standard N10 running Windows XP Home features a 3-cell battery, a 160 GB Harddrive, and 1 GB DRAM. It had built-in Bluetooth as well. For now it has an iffy 40-45 second load time running XP, but Asustek has assured it will also be adding Express Gate, a Linux-embedded OS, that should reduce the load time to around 8 seconds. Vista is also offered for the netbook, though this makes me a bit uneasy; Vista raised the startup time on Mini-Notes to a sluggish 60 seconds. It has yet to be seen how smoothly 2 GB of DRAM will run the operating system.

There are cheaper netbooks with similar screen sizes and capabilities, but for those willing to shell out an extra few hundred for the customizations, keyboard, and tracking pad the N10 is an excellent choice.

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