HP Launches Premium-looking Mini 5101 Netbook

With its aluminum and magnesium chassis, the Mini 5101 looks a little more professional than your average netbook; and with it packing Windows Vista Home Basic it's definitely another netbook dancing on the blurry line of "is it a netbook or is it a notebook?"

Specswise you’re looking at the usual Atom processor, a 10.1-inch WSVGA screen, 2 GB of DDR2, a choice of either a 4-cell of 6-cell battery (the latter promising “up to” eight hours), a standard 7200 RPM hard drive (complete with accelerometer for sudden motion protection) or alternatively, the option for either an 80 GB or 128 GB SSD.

Starting at $449, we’d be all for this machine, but the price could quickly rise with the optional USB 2.0 docking station, port replicator, as well as an external optical drive. Availability is pegged for late July. Check out some live pictures over at Engadget.

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  • Regulas
    OK but Gateway has a 11.2" one coming out that is nicer.
  • warezme
    That screen is strictly low res? I have yet to see a netbook and most notebooks with a screen that actually fits the lid. All of them have this huge thick border that makes them look cheap.
  • aspireonelover
    How big is the HDD, you've only mentioned the RPM of the hard drive, but you didn't mention the size :S
    What is the point in having premium looking netbooks? is there any point in that at all? Cause so far we all know that it's used for the internet and a few word documents. we don't need something THAT fancy for everyday tasks, eh? (my thought)