Compaq Netbook Launches As HP Revamps Cheap Laptop Range

As expected HP launched the little brother to the Mininote 2133, the Mininote 1000, which sees the Via C7-m processor given the boot to make space for Intel's more powerful Atom 1.6GHz N270 CPU.

HP has also added a smaller and cheaper Compaq Mini 700 (the greatson of the popular Compaq Aero range) which will come with a 10.2-inch LCD screen capable of displaying 1024x600 pixels, webcam, microphone and Wireless LAN.

Pocket-lint reports that it will contain a 1.6GHz CPU and a 60GB hard disk drive with it reportedly due by mid-December.

At just under £300 and with a nearly full sized keyboard, it should be a real boon for those looking for a secondary laptop.

As for the Mini 1000, it is touted as the stylish model with either a 8.9-inch or 10.2-inch screen and will sport either Windows XP or Linux - no Windows Vista here.

The consumer-oriented laptop brings in a 'new Mobile Internet Experience software and HP MediaStyle, which enable one-stop entertainment through a single interface that lets you easily watch video, view photos, listen to music and more.'

Both laptops - which will shed the aluminium casing for a more mundane plastic chassis - will come with a non-upgradable 1GB DDR2 memory and will also be offered with Solid State Storage options.

And at just over 1Kg, they should be quite handy to lug around.