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April 17th, 2008

Shiny Shiny Shiny

Sorry Asus, but the EEE has fallen off my wishlist. marypcb and I have been playing with a prototype of the rather lovely HP MiniNote for the last few hours, and I have to say: verily it rocketh.

Not only does it have a decent screen size and resolution, it's got a proper keyboard unlike the EEE's tiny keys. Oh, and it's solid aluminium rather than plastic - which definitely makes it teh shiny. That's three things it gets right (not to mention a decent mobile processor in the Via C-7 and a sizable set of expansion ports). The battery life isn't too shabby by all accounts, even with a 3 cell battery. The OS options work well, either Windows or SUSE Linux. The pricing's pretty good too, especially for the 4G flash RAM version...

I'll be sorry to see it go back tomorrow.