Photos: Hands-on with the HP Mini-Note 2133

Guess what, gadget fans? We've just got our hands on the first HP Mini-Note 2133 to reach the UK, and we thought we'd share it with you in these lovely pictures

Guess what, gadget fans? We've just got our hands on the first HP Mini-Note 2133 in the UK, and we thought we'd share it with you in these gorgeous pictures. But before we do, we feel it's only right to tell you a little about it.

Physically, it's slightly bigger and heavier than the Eee PC. It too uses an 8.9-inch screen running at 1,280x768, but the larger chassis means the screen looks smaller than it actually is. The upside is that HP's been able to cram in a much bigger keyboard, which -- unlike the Eee's -- is fantastic to type on.

Taking a look around the chassis, you'll find a webcam, twin speakers on either side of the screen, a D-Sub video port, two USB ports, mic and headphone jacks, ExpressCard and SD card readers, and an Ethernet port. There's also a hard-wired switch at the front for activating and de-activating the wireless adaptor.

Unfortunately, it's more a case of style over substance with the Mini-Note. Our sample uses 1GB of RAM alongside a weedy 1.2GHz VIA C7-M CPU, which isn't as quick as the 900MHz Pentium M in the Eee PC. Oh, and it runs Windows Vista, which really doesn't help things on the performance front.

The 2133 is available to order now, priced at £350 with Linux and £410 with Vista. Have a look at the pics and sit tight for an in-depth review in the next couple of days. -Rory Reid

Update: Read our full HP 2133 Mini-Note PC review

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