The Really Mobile Computers

A lot of companies have tried to come up with the Mini-Computers after the huge success of the EEPC which is a good balance of price and performance. Sony did make a small laptop PC but it also did cost around $2500 which is ridiculous in my opinion but these new PCs have decent performance with very reasonable price, and all ranging from $400 to $750 depending on options. I have tried a few of them for a decent amount of time and I own the HP 2133, and this is the ranking that I have given based performance and size.

  1. MSI Wind (10 Inch Screen)
  2. Acer Aspire Once (8.9 Inch Screen)
  3. Asus EEPC (10 Inch Screen)
  4. HP 2133 (8.9 Inch Screen)

HP-2133 Arrived

A couple of months back I had a chance to try the HP Mini-Note when it first came out and it had some really good features and excellent build quality. I tried the Vista one but I new that installing Windows XP would better then Vista.  After searching around I decided to purchase one from Ebay and got one for a good deal, 15% below the usual price and barely used so instead of paying $780 for the Vista model I got it for $680.

Specs:

  • HP  Via C7
  • 1.6 GHz
  • 8.9 inch
  • Windows Vista Ultimate/XP
  • 2 GB Ram
  • 120 GB HD

The first thing I did was to setup a dual boot since it came with Vista, I decided to keep it for some use but installed Windows XP Pro in another partition and it is by far a lot faster then Vista since I could make a direct comparison between them. It just feels lighter, and the battery lasts about 2 hours and 45 minutes which decent for something this small.

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Review: HP 2133

I have been taking a look at the HP 2133 for some time now and it has been getting some mixed reviews. Some bad and some good, the Vista OS is the first problem that this machine faces.

The Machine:

  • Windows Vista Business 32-Bit
  • VIA C7-M Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) 1.6GHz Processor
  • 128KB L2 Cache, 800MHz Front Bus speed
  • 2048MB DDR2 (PC2-5300) RAM
  • 120GB (7200RPM) SATA Hard Drive

My Points:

  • The keyboard is very nice and feels like a small laptop.
  • The touch pad is a bit strange is the left and right click are to the sides and not the bottom which takes some getting used to.
  • The overall case feels very clean and well made, but it is pretty heavy for its size
  • The battery protrudes out the back which limits how much you can tilt the screen
  • The speakers are one of the best laptop speakers I have heard, they are better then both my Alienware and Dell which is surprising since they are bigger
  • The screen is comfortable and a good size
  • You have lots of options with this machine such as: Express Card, SD Card, Ethernet Port, VGA Port, 2 USB, headphones, and microphone
  • The biggest mistake was to preload Vista on this machine, HP wanted to push it to market and that is what caused mixed reviews. This machine would be perfectly fine running XP or Linux since it is well built with a lot of space. My friend is thinking of installing Ubuntu on this machine which I think is a great idea since its a very light OS in comparison. Its known that Vista is a resource hog so any heavy duty action feels difficult on this machine, it has nothing to do with being a VIA Chip or an Intel Chip.
  • The laptop lasts 4.5 hours with the low screen setting and 2.4 hours with the high screen setting. During the day I just have it with the low screen setting.

Do I like the machine? Yes
Is there room for improvement? Yes

It could be lighter, the OS should be XP Pro, and a few other imrpovements.

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HP Mini-Note 2133

The HP 2133 is out in the market for a few weeks now and a lot of reviews have been surfacing. Its an interesting piece of a equipment and I’m looking for something like this after trying a friends Asus. This comes with a bigger screener and it looks like it has a cleaner build. I like most everything about this machine except for the processor. I would get it with all the features but with the downgraded to XP version since I wouldn’t want Vista on machine that small, its a bit sluggish on a desktop so the performance would probably be an issue with the Mini-Note.

HP 2133 Mini-Note PC

  • Genuine Windows Vista® Downgrade to Windows XP Professional (note) w/ MS Office (Trial)
  • VIA C7™-M processor (1.2 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
  • 8.9-inch diagonal WXGA (1280 x 800 resolution)
  • Graphics VIA Chrome 9, 128MB shared system memory
  • VGA camera included
  • 2048MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (1 DIMM)
  • 160GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • Broadcom 4311AG 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi Adapter
  • HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
  • 6 cell Li-Ion battery

Link: notebooks
Link: Engadget

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