$499 HP 2133 Mini-Note PC Available - HotHardware
$499 HP 2133 Mini-Note PC Available

$499 HP 2133 Mini-Note PC Available

HP has a new ultra portable notebook available for purchase today, that seems poised to do battle with ASUS' upcoming 8.9" version of the EeePC.  The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is offered in a wide variety of configurations with price points starting at $499.  At the moment, five different pre-configured options are listed on the HP website, with VIA C7-M ULV processors speeds ranging from 1.0 to 1.6GHz and DDR2 memory configurations from 512MB to 2GB.

All of the HP 2133 series Mini-Note PCs feature 8.9" WXGA screens, VIA (S3) Chrome 9 graphics processors, and Broadcom WiFi controllers.  Two models also feature Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity.  Operating systems options include the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista Home Basic and Vista Business, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.


HP Mini-Note PC

Also note, that unlike the ASUS EeePC, only one version of the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is outfitted with flash-based storage, the KR922UT which has a 4GB flash module.  Other pre-configured HP Mini-Notes feature standard SATA hard drives.

Rumor has it, Intel Atom based versions of the HP Mini-Note PC are in the works as well.  But considering these early models are powered by VIA C7 processors, they're a good possibility of VIA Isaiah based models too, since the processors are pin compatible.  It's going to be interesting to see how all of these new (and rumored) ultra portable PCs stack-up in terms of performance and battery like when or if they finally arrive.

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Ah, anyone sense a war over the ultra-portable market brewing?  This is excellent, and hopefully prices go even lower. 

Apple take note: this is what we want an Apple ultra-portable to be.  Not something that is the same size, but merely thinner.  Can you imagine a MacBook the same size and approximately same specs for $500-$800 or so?

I'm glad it has a real hard drive.  Sorry, Asus, but 2-8gb is not enough.  It will be slower to access files, but capacity is very important to me.  Though I'd be happy with the 64gb the Apple Macbook Air can have.

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Yeah, there's definitely a war brewing. And I'm on the fence about storage because I rarely use more than 10 - 20GB on my notebooks. 4GB is not enough, but 16 - 32GB would be great in my opinion and probably wouldn't drive prices all that much higher.

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I have voiced my opinion before on these guys BUT!!! If I did happen to fall in love with one I would definitely prefer SSD over a standard SATA. Also, why would you put Vista biz on one of these guys?? Wouldn't that lag like a mofo..

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I agree, Vista would be a terrible decision.  Luckily a Linux is available, and it costs less.  The $599 and $549 versions are the same (1.2ghz, 1gb ram, 120gb hdd)... except the former is Vista and the latter Linux.  Doesn't take much to realize which you should go with, especially if you can install your own copy of XP anyway.

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i wonder when dell and gateway will get in on the action 

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I think HP's take on the ultra portable is more attractive than Asus', even if their naming of it leaves much to be desired. Though I think the EeePC is a slightly better value. I don't think Dell is about to be outdone by HP, so an ultra portable form them should be forthcoming. Hopefully Dell will base theirs off of Intel's new Atom processor.

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 Hey Im a younger student right now so this little notebook seems like something to consider for my needs.

 1 I dont have the time or the money to do any good gaming so I dont care about the GPU

2 I would love to take this with me, with the larger battery its only a little over 3 pounds

3 If I do buy it im going to get the 750 buck one since it does have the 2 gigs of mem  from all the reviews vista runs fine as long as you are not doing a crap load of different things

4 This is the perfect notebook for taking notes on for its great keyboard man I could just wip this out in class and work on my senior thesis although that could also be the worst thing in the world too lol

Newegg sells em for the same price as hp's site does but no tax!!! thanks newegg

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Chrismic3:

 Hey Im a younger student right now so this little notebook seems like something to consider for my needs.

 1 I dont have the time or the money to do any good gaming so I dont care about the GPU

2 I would love to take this with me, with the larger battery its only a little over 3 pounds

3 If I do buy it im going to get the 750 buck one since it does have the 2 gigs of mem  from all the reviews vista runs fine as long as you are not doing a crap load of different things

4 This is the perfect notebook for taking notes on for its great keyboard man I could just wip this out in class and work on my senior thesis although that could also be the worst thing in the world too lol

Newegg sells em for the same price as hp's site does but no tax!!! thanks newegg

 

So you bought it alraedy?

Since I live in California, Newegg charges me tax...

I find that people complain a "bit" too much about Vista. Vista DOES give up memory for other applications. One reason it uses more is because MS figured that if the memory wasn't being used, it can basically be considered idle/wasted resources. So why not let Vista utilize it? That was their thought process. Sure, if you compare it to other operating systems, then Vista will use up way more in general. But if you care so much, then just move to Linux.

Back on topic... Let us know how you like your laptop and if you have the time, then a mini review would be nice to see. By the way, good luck on your senior thesis! 

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