I saw this one at Automatic Center – Gateway just tonight. Who would’ve thought they’d be the first to bring it here, unless of course I’m poorly informed.
This is apparently a redesigned offering from HP, its form factordeviates from their earlier Mininote classifications. Sporting an 11.6″ screen with 1366×768 resolution, AMD Fusion E350 dual core chip and ATI Radeon HD 6310, this machine has all the right moves to distance itself from the competition, not to mention its stunning design of silver and graphics on its lid.
Somehow I feel it borrowed concepts from the ASUS Seashell series that makes the body taper towards the front. I noticed the LAN port situated near the hinge and it was capped to create a sense of solidarity.
Retailing close to 23k its quite the steal. It was pointed out to me that there is only one RAM slot but that really does not matter much in a rig of this size, even then it is said to be upgradeable to 8Gb now that’s saying something. What makes this even more attractive is the presence of a pre-installed Windows 7 operating system which is not a ‘starter’, although probably 64-bit in nature. Other in-use endurance tests report a working time beyond 6 hours, of course the salesperson quoted 10 which was highly likely only on tests bordering on standby usage.
Thus far, this would most certainly be among the top purchases possible for the 12inch category, highly recommendable… had I not a netbook in my possession, I’d probably have taken it home and would be typing with it right now.