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First Nvidia Ion Netbook on Sale: HP Mini 311

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Is this the Ion you've been waiting for?

Does it seem like we've been waiting a long time for the first Nvidia Ion-based netbook to come out? It has been a while, after we've faced delays.

Lenovo was first out the gate with an announcement, then Samsung followed shortly. The pair of them, however, decided to hold back on the release of their Ion netbooks until after the release of Windows 7.

HP chose not to wait, and is now offering its Ion LE-based Mini 311 netbook for sale starting at $399.

The base configuration at $399 will give you a black lid, Windows XP Home SP3, Atom N270, 1 GB DDR3, 160 GB HDD and Wireless-G.

The recommended configuration at $489 bumps the CPU to the Atom N280 (slightly faster CPU and FSB), Bluetooth and a 12-cell battery.

If you've always wanted a netbook with Nvidia Ion, this one is finally here. Of course, with Windows 7 being just a month away, waiting for the competition to arrive could be a smart move. Either way, you should be getting a free Windows 7 upgrade with the Mini 311.

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    IzzyCraft , September 24, 2009 10:59 PM
    1gig of ram still 400 is a netbook price, and the ion platform should make it not act too much like a netbook.
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    ubernoobie , September 24, 2009 11:04 PM
    I'll take the recommended one cuz it has a badass 12cell battery
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    burnley14 , September 24, 2009 11:19 PM
    I've always planned to wait til Windows 7 is out. That's when the real competition for my business will start
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    jhansonxi , September 24, 2009 11:32 PM
    Ubuntu Linux instead of XP + Norton and I'll buy one now (I'd consider paying more for XP without Norton - it's a pain to get rid of).
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    falchard , September 24, 2009 11:37 PM
    With AMD having 15.4" notebooks at the $349. It might be a bit expensive by comparison.
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    Major7up , September 25, 2009 12:51 AM
    Seems a little expensive for a netbook. Maybe the other modles will drive the prices down a little but if I am spending almost $500 for their recommended model I would just opt for a regular laptop.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2009 2:04 AM
    I'd find the price slightly too high for a netbook, especially the price of the N280!
    But a 12 cell battery translates in how long battery life?
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    JMS3096 , September 25, 2009 4:09 AM
    You won't get free Windows 7- for the free upgrade, you need to have Vista Home Premium or above. XP doesn't qualify.
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    JMS3096 , September 25, 2009 6:17 AM
    zingamBefore stating that you should check HP's/MS upgrade policy for their netbooks. For netbooks the story might be different actually. There is no Vista for netbooks but there will be Win7 for netbooks (Starter I guess).


    Before stating THAT, you shouldn't assume I didn't. I did.
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    Tedders , September 25, 2009 1:17 PM
    JMS3096Before stating THAT, you shouldn't assume I didn't. I did.

    JMS3096 is right. The free upgrade program is only for upgrades from Vista to 7. True netbooks wont get the free upgrade because they are running Windows XP. That is a Microsoft thing, not a manufacturer thing.
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    Regulas , September 25, 2009 3:13 PM
    Nice but I still plan on getting this one (poor mans air) for my next Ubuntu laptop after 7 releases. 7 will give it better resale value one day.
    http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-Timeline-AS3810TZ-4880-13-3-Inch/dp/B0029U1526/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1X1MCAUKX17MC&colid=36BKWAAQ74UCS
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    bounty , September 25, 2009 3:31 PM
    Yeah, but can it play Wolrd of Warcraft?
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    lamorpa , September 25, 2009 3:36 PM
    "It has been a while, after we've faced delays." might be better stated as, "All your delay are belong to us!"
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    theafricandude , September 25, 2009 5:16 PM
    Check the HP site, customized my mini 31, now explain did toms just say 12 cell because the defult aption for the higher mini 311 has two 6 cell batteries cos i can't see any 12 cell anywhere. and plus the mini 311 supports 3 gb of ddr3 ram Why the F*U*C do they only have an option for 1 gb ram seriously they need to use their brains.
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    dark_lord69 , September 25, 2009 9:23 PM
    Spend $200 more on a real notebook and it will run much better and have a bigger screen.
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    ethanolson , September 25, 2009 10:01 PM
    Microsoft says if they're going to continue selling XP Home, then the system can't have more than 1GB of RAM. Also, HP only pays like $15 for that copy of Home and Microsoft is kinda ticked about XP even still being sold, but they get it with Netbooks, hence everybody compromising a bit on something. Intel doesn't make much money. nVidia doesn't make much money. HP doesn't make much money. Microsoft doesn't make much money.

    Anyway... since XP COAs aren't distributed, thecnically, you can get a Win7 Upgrade disc for the Mini 311, but it'll not actually be an upgrade. It'll be a clean sweep. Also, the "free" upgrade costs a small fee for transaction handling and shipping.
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    Montezuma , September 26, 2009 10:35 PM
    bountyYeah, but can it play Wolrd of Warcraft?


    I bet an iPhone...hell, even a BlackBerry, could play World of Warcraft.
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    Regulas , September 27, 2009 1:01 PM
    IF MS is still going to sell XP home that tells me all the hoopla about it running great on low power netbooks was lies. 7 is bloated like Vista, it is using the same kernel and is actually a revamped Vista.
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    Camikazi , September 28, 2009 12:16 AM
    bountyYeah, but can it play Wolrd of Warcraft?

    Why yes, yes it can!
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    Camikazi , September 28, 2009 12:18 AM
    RegulasIF MS is still going to sell XP home that tells me all the hoopla about it running great on low power netbooks was lies. 7 is bloated like Vista, it is using the same kernel and is actually a revamped Vista.

    If it is a revamped Vista, it is a HELL of a revamp, 7 RC runs MUCH better then Vista ever did on my comp, and 7 on my laptop doesn't take forever to boot like it did with Vista. On my laptop 7 boots about as fast as XP did on it, and MUCH faster then Vista.
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