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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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.