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CNET First Look
HP Mini 1000Arriving late to the Netbook game, HP's Mini 1000 still impresses thanks to a nearly full-size keyboard.
>> [Background music] I'm Dan Ackerman, senior editor at CNET.com and we are here taking a look at HP's new Mini 1000. Now if you're thinking that HP is getting into the net book game a little late, they've actually had from their commercial business division, a model called the Mini-Note 2133 that kind of looks a lot like this. This new version keeps what we like most about 2133, namely the kind of wide screen display, and this big gigantic keyboard, and this cool kind of elongated touch pad, and updates it to an Atom processor. Now, of course, it's made out of plastic so it's easier, and that also brings the price down a little bit. So the display, it's a 10 inch screen. It's got that 16 x 9 aspect ratio, so it's nice and wide. It's got that edge to edge glass. Kind of like on the new Mac book, it's a little glary, but it's still kind of a nice sophisticated look for a net book. The keyboard is the real star here. This thing is just gigantic. It's almost as big as a regular full size keyboard. They managed to squeeze that in because the system is a little bit wider than most other net books. Definitely the easiest to use best net book keyboard we've seen by far. They've kind of taken the touchpad and done the same thing. Stretched it out a little bit. Put the mouse buttons on the left and right, rather than above it to save a little bit of space. Works fairly well. You might want to turn up the sensitivity a little bit because you don't have a lot of top to bottom space on the touch pad. Not a lot of connections on the Mini 1000. You've got one, two USB ports, you actually have an SATA port which is nice. But instead of the severed head [inaudible] you only get one jack that you have to set in front of their headphone or mike use. Unlike a lot of other net books that have small solid state hard drives, this guy, you can get your choice of a couple different sizes of regular platter driven hard drives. It gives you more space, but we prefer the solid state for the heat, for the wait, for the reliability, so that's probably the one thing we're not crazy about. Overall though, with the gigantic keyboard, and widescreen, it's definitely one of our favorite net books. I'm Dan Ackerman and that's the HP Mini 1000. [Background music]