HP mini 1000 – TOO much form over function?

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about the HP mini 1000. Sure, it is getting quite a good response from the technology bloggers. But, are they hiding the truth from the common man? I was able to play with recently released HP mini 1000 and here are some you-will-either-hate-me-or-love-me facts:

Trackpad: Even after receiving so many complaints from the HP mininote 2133 users regarding how difficult it is to use the trackpad, HP did nothing to enhance the trackpad. They could have atleast move those buttons to the bottom of trackpad.

TOO much form over function?

Poor battery life and you cannot do much about it

The HP mini 1000 comes with only 3-cell battery. So, why am I complaining so much? There are many netbooks there in the market that come with just 3-cell battery. Well, at least they can easily upgrade to 6-cell or more but the mini 1000 can not do it. This is because the battery is there beneath the casing. This makes it almost impossible for the HP or the 3rd party manufactures to release bigger batteries in the future. So, the users potential users of the mini 1000 must keep it in mind while buying this 3-cell netbook, which would only give them around 1.5-2 hours of battery life.

Wrist-rest space

You may think that the keyboard of the mini 1000 is big enough to type on nicely for hours. Your thinking is wrong then. You cannot type for more than 10mins on it even if it sports one of the best keyboards one can have in netbooks. One cannot type on it for a long due to small wrist-rest space.

Your wrists will start paining in no time. On the other hand, this was not the case with the 1000H, which is also popular for its 92% of full laptop keyboard. Just look how comfortable the of ASUS EEE 1000H look

No WXGA resolution: They were able to implement it in their 8.9″ 2133 mini note, but they actually downgraded the resolution to 1024 x 600. True, this resolution is considered perfect for netbooks right now, but WXGA would be been great!

My suggestiont to HP: Go back to basics. Don’t make the good things bad, if you cannot implement newer features. They got the idea almost perfect with their HP mininote 2133. I’m indeed, surprised they didn’t put the same effort in it.

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