(photo by Engadget)
HP announced a new netbook to join the array currently out in the market. While most of what’s already out is basically of the same power/features, HP has gone the Atom route ((1.6GHz N270). It offers 512MB, 1GB and 2GB RAM configuration variants, the Window XP model will be up to 1GB only though.
For storage, it can handle 60GB of regular HD at 4200RPM, or the 8GB/16GB solid state drives. Engadget says that if you go the SSD route, you can have more room for a plug-in flash drive in 2, 4 & 8GB options. HP calls it “HP Mini Mobile Drive,” which is a regular USB drive that inserts all the way into a special slot for added integration. Other features include an SD slot, VGA webcam, 802.11b/g, optional Bluetooth, Ethernet and dual USB plugs. Your choice of operating systems would be XP, Ubuntu linux, MIE. The XP version will sell for about US$399.
The design, as you see above, is a sleek black finish. It kinda reminds me of my old Compaq laptop though. The keys are a little bigger than the usual netbooks. I like how HP has placed the power buttons, wifi and what appears to be volume control up front. Nothing beats easy/visible access to those important buttons!