The Mini 1000 is HP’s second-generation foray into the netbook market, and it has a couple of advantages over its predecessor (the HP 2133).
Gone is the older model’s Via C-7M processor; gone, too, is the pipe dream that any current netbook could handle Windows Vista. The Mini 1000 that we received for testing runs Windows XP, and contains Intel’s 1.6-GHz Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 4200-rpm, 60GB PATA hard drive. With that configuration, it falls in with the rest of the current netbook pack. In spite of its Atom processor, however, the Mini 1000 slipped a little toward the back of the group in our WorldBench 6 tests, eking out a score of 30.
With the Mini 1000, HP does a good job keeping most of the things that worked on the 2133, while upping the performance and managing to cut prices in the process (well, not counting the beautiful, fashionista-oriented Vivienne Tam edition).
Thankfully still present in this model is the fantastic keyboard. The oversize, square keys look like they belong on a full-size laptop. In fact, the main QWERTY and number buttons are large enough to fit your entire fingertip–no need to carefully hunt-and-peck on this keyboard.
The Mini 1000 starts at $399; the configuration we reviewed will set you back $549.