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Yum, Tasty: HP Mini Info Snacking

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Fighting against the rising tide of netbook critics (including Apple executive Tim Cook, who essentially called the computers “junk” last month), HP has pushed out some delicious-looking new tiny computers, but urges us to think of them as tools for “information snacking.” So, even HP’s admitting that netbooks aren’t the real deal full meal, but that doesn’t stop me from salivating.

Check these out. The Mini 110 XP Edition, the Mini 110 Mobile Internet (Mi) Edition, and the Mini 1101. All of them have 10.1-inch screens and come with either Intel’s 1.6GHz N270 Atom processor, or the 1.66GHz N280. They also have a special syncing software called Syncables (why does that remind me of “Lunchables”?) which helps to load up the Mini with tidbits of media from your main PC.

The 110 XP Edition can handle 1GB of RAM, and comes with either a 32GB SSD or 160GB HD. Buyers can upgrade with WWAN and HP’s special HD video chip for 1080p viewing. The Black Swirl color comes out on June 10, and the Pink Chic and White Swirl colors come out on July 8. Starting price of $329.99. I’m a fan of the pink keyboard in the Pink Chic color scheme, but I find the decorative casing to be a bit much. Why not just offer consumers the choice of several keyboard colors—that’s an easy way to add flair to a PC without going garish.

The Mobile Internet version of this computer will run Linux, and comes loaded up with browser, e-mail, and video apps. This version of the 110 will hold 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive (presumably for you to fill up with your favorite digital snacks). This version will be available on June 10 for $279.99.

The final variation, the Mini 1101, can run XP or Vista, has the option for mobile broadband, and a choice between a 3-cell or 6-cell battery. This one’s supposed to land on June 1 for $329.