First there were laptops, then netbooks, now MSI is launching its Wind Neton that they describe as a nettop. All three have a thickness of 35mm and will feature Atom dual-core processors, Windows XP/Vista, and options of touchscreen, remote, and Blu-ray. The M-16 has a 15.6-inch screen (1366x768) and will be out in February with a price of $400.00. The M-19, with its 18.5-inch screen (1366x768) debuts in January with a $500.00 tag and the M-22 (1920x1080) with a 22-inch screen will come out in March with a MSRP of $799.00.
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Dell has officially announced the newest member to their netbook family of mini laptops, the Inspiron Mini 12. The Mini 12 comes with an Intel Atom Z520 1.3GHz or the Z530 1.6GHZ processor, 80GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, a Webcam and a 12-inch display. The laptop comes loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic, and has a starting price of less than $600. The Mini 12 is currently only available in Japan, but will come to the U.S. soon.
The specs make this a very capable machine, but running Vista with only 1GB of RAM make take some of the wind out of its sprint. You could always load it with XP when it arrives and then have a very fast machine, the likes of the MacBook Air, but for a fraction of the price.
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HP is now showing this new Mini 1000 Netbook on their online store. The Mini 1000 is not yet available to purchase and when clicking HP’s link, it brings you to their main store where it is nowhere to be found. They do however give you the price and some general specs. The mini laptop sports a nice gloss black finish on the outside, with a matte black finish inside. The price starts at $399 and comes in at 2.25 pounds, has a 10-inch screen and is under 1-inch thick. We can assume the Mini 1000 will carry the Intel Atom processor, but there is no confirmation of that just yet. If using an Atom processor, this Netbook from HP should provide a nice jump over previous Via chipsets in HP’s past offerings. You should be able to do all the internet has to offer, including videos, music and more with a fullsize experience for such a small piece of gear.
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Smooth Creations has announced their new Smoothbook SLICE. The customizable netbook features an Intel Atom CPU 1.6GHz processor, a 120GB hard drive, a 10-inch display with Intel GMA 950 graphics, wireless networking and 1GB of RAM. The SLICE comes loaded with Windows XP (Vista is also an option) and is available for $549.99. Check with Smooth Creations for more specifics and other designs.
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Apple has just announced that their next event will be taking place this coming Tuesday (read: five days from today), confirming rumors that October 14th would be the day that new notebooks would be unveiled. The company sent invitations to select media this morning, with a graphic of a notebook featuring the sub-heading “The spotlight turns to notebooks.” So, what should you expect to see? Well, if the rumor mill is correct, we’ll see updates across the board in the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, including a new manufacturing process that sees the notebook casing carved out of a single block of aluminum. There are also rumblings of a true netbook from Apple as well, possibly launching in the $800 range.
It’s Packard Bell’s turn to release a netbook. They have decided to make the “dot” more family friendly, since most of companies are going after business types. The mini-PC is 8.9-inches and has an Atom processor with 160GB hard drive, 1 GB RAM, and runs Windows XP, for those who are still nervous about Vista. Options include a webcam, a 3G module, and a 6-cell battery for longer life. Look for the dot in a European release first for £315 (~$584.00.)
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Such a back-to-school deal! If you live in the U.S. and purchase a Dell Studio 15, XPS M1530 or XPS M1330 laptop before September 9, you can receive an Inspiron Mini 9, which ordinarily retails for $349.00, for only $99.00. At a weight of only 2.28 lbs., the Mini features an 8.9-inch LED display (1024x600,) built-in Wifi, a sealed keyboard, and SSD memory storage. Dell is even offering a free basic plan of 2GB storage on Box.net. A built-in webcam and Dell Video Chat are optional.
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Fujitsu has unveiled their Amilo Mini Ui 3520 Netbook with a 8.9-inch WSVGA (1040x600) display, Intel Atom Processor N270, 1024 MB DDR2, 667 MHz RAM, and 60/80 GB HDD (3600 rpm/4200 rpm.) It also features an ExpressCard slot, plugs into your USB 2.0 port, and has a VGA output. At a size of 233 x 29/36 x 175 mm and a weight of 1 kg, it includes a webcam and mic and supports MS Windows XP Home Edition. The Amilo, available in several colors, carries a MSRP of €399 (~$585.00.)
We figured we’d put two of our favorite netbooks together for a quick head-to-head, just to show the size differences between the HP Mini-Note and the Asus Eee PC. We’ve put together a small gallery comparing the sizes of the two systems, including what we believe to be the most important difference, the keyboard size.
Click on through to see the HP Mini-Note vs Eee PC gallery.
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Amidst a flurry of small and seemingly underpowered netbooks, HP has taken a slightly different tact in their release of the surprisingly capable HP Mini-Note device. While its up-to-$850 price tag places it in a significantly different category than the Eee PC and other cheap sub-notebooks, it easily makes up for this price difference with functionality and power approaching that of its larger siblings: full sized laptops.
We’ve got an HP Mini-Note unboxing gallery for you to check out if you want to see how the thing looks from all angles, and of course, you can click through for Gear Live’s in-depth review of the HP Mini-Note 2133’s features, capabilities, and user experience, below.
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