HP Unveils $499 Mini-Notebook
The full-function, ultra-affordable ultraportable, shipping with Linux or Windows Vista, will likely fly off the shelves.Until recently, you could get a notebook for as little as $500-if you didn't mind it weighing at least 5 pounds. Or you could get one that weighed less than 4 pounds-if you didn't mind it costing between $1,000 and $3,000. New devices such as the Asus Eee and Everex Cloudbook tweaked this equation, with 2-pound configurations starting at $299 ... as long as you were willing to use Linux, on a 7-inch screen.
Reflecting the sudden hot growth of the sub-$1,000, sub-4-pound notebook market, Hewlett-Packard announced April 8 its new 2133 Mini-Note PC, a shiny, sturdy, full-function mini-notebook machine with an 8.9-inch WXGA wide screen and an operating system choice of two versions of Linux, or Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Vista Home or Vista Business, in a lightweight anodized aluminum shell. (I've been trying out a preproduction Vista model, and it is, as claimed, a real Windows computer, touch-typeable keyboard and all, in a sub-"ultralight" form factor.)