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HP 2133 Eee-alike revealed

HP 2133 Eee-alike revealed

The aluminium chassis of the 2133 certainly makes it look pretty snazzy, but what about the specs?

Gadget website Engadget claims to have got its sweaty little hands on leaked pre-release images of Hewlett Packard's rumoured Eee PC-alike the HP Compaq 2133, and if the pictures are real it's looking pretty darn snazzy.

The spec sheet accompanying the leaked images claims a scratch-resistant 8.9” WXGA display that leaves the 7” 800x480 screen on the Eee standing, along with an almost full size QWERTY keyboard. Connectivity is pretty well covered too, with an on-board gigabit Ethernet port alongside the standard wireless networking and an ExpressCard slot for a 3G modem. Oh, and there's the obligatory screen-mounted webcam that you'll use once and then ignore.

Interestingly, the unit appears to ship with a mechanical hard drive, albeit one protected by “HP 3D DriveGuard”. SSD is, however, offered as an 'option'. Either way, the internals appear to be pretty well secured under an anodized aluminium chassis that wouldn't look out of place coming from Cupertino.

The weight is pretty roadwarrior-friendly, too: the standard unit is 1.13Kg, which puts it a mere 200g over the plastic Eee.

There's no mention yet of pricing or availability, and no information about specifications was released. The 2133 will allegedly come with the option of either Linux or Windows Vista, which hints at rather more power under the hood than most of the Eee PC competition available today.

Depending on what the 2133 has in terms of hardware, this could be the answer for all those people who love the Eee but need something with a little more grunt. Depending on the finished product – and how it actually looks in the flesh, as it where – I'd certainly be interested.

Tempted by a more grown-up Eee, or does the very fact it's from Hewcom Paqard put you off? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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oasked 20th February 2008, 09:43 Quote
Looks good. I like the eeePC, but the screen is simply too small. Sounds like this is a better solution. :)
steveo_mcg 20th February 2008, 10:02 Quote
I suppose it depends how much it costs, if its much more expensive then your into full laptop territory, then it becomes a matter of do you need power and space or size.
CardJoe 20th February 2008, 10:13 Quote
I need a UMPC. But I also need something cheap. I reckon this will be about 600 quid minimum, so I'll grab an EEE PC 4G for £220 instead next month. Of course, if anybody has any other recommendations....
roryok 20th February 2008, 10:24 Quote
Does look pretty sweet alright, but what kind of name is 2133?

That's not catchy at all. We all know catchy names are half the battle - look at blu-ray vs hd-dvd!
fathazza 20th February 2008, 10:58 Quote
totally want....
if it had tablety touchscreen goodness it would be even better tho
p3n 20th February 2008, 12:02 Quote
that touchpad looks like the size of my thumb
Xir 20th February 2008, 12:10 Quote
The only thing keeping me from an eee-pc at the moment is the screen resolution which doesn't allow most website to be displayed correctly...al least 800x600 is a must.
Especially as the is a lot of room in the lid.

:-(
Supra55 20th February 2008, 13:30 Quote
I like eePCs for their size(not the screen, though), but I really don't like buying from company's who throw a ton of working components together and call it the best, when their's usually a better way to make the PC go faster. As for screen size, yeah it's quite small and I have no idea what I could use it for, but as mentioned earlier, if they added a good resolution I would definitely go for it.
Cupboard 20th February 2008, 13:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
The only thing keeping me from an eee-pc at the moment is the screen resolution which doesn't allow most website to be displayed correctly...al least 800x600 is a must.
Especially as the is a lot of room in the lid.

:-(


QFT. I would have bought one by now if it had a decent screen resolution
Phil Rhodes 20th February 2008, 13:38 Quote
It's only an Eee-alike if it's two hundred quid.

If, like everything else that size, it's twelve hundred quid, it changes things not a jot.
Firehed 20th February 2008, 15:43 Quote
If they get the price right, it looks to be an excellent value. While I've had historically awful luck with pretty much everything from HP, I could almost be persuaded. WXGA screen (1024x600 or something, right?) sounds like it's a good amount better than that of the eee, and GigE is a biggie for me.
Brett89 20th February 2008, 16:41 Quote
I like the looks of it more, but if the price is a lot more, then it's just another expensive small laptop.
fathazza 20th February 2008, 17:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Firehed
WXGA screen (1024x600 or something, right?)
usually 1366x768
Nexxo 20th February 2008, 17:53 Quote
That is so going to cost much more than £200,--...
CardJoe 20th February 2008, 17:56 Quote
$650 US supposedly.
specofdust 20th February 2008, 18:05 Quote
Yup. Not comparable at all. There's not going to be any true EeePC killer for a fair old while yet. And people forget, bigger screen = bigger laptop. This doesn't strike me as being massively different from other UMPC's that have been on the market for years, just slightly (but not a whole lot) cheaper.
fathazza 20th February 2008, 18:13 Quote
It's not exactly a direct competitor to the eee is it, its better specced so its gonna cost more...
It may not be an eee killer but thats because its aiming for a less fisher price end of the market!
cyrilthefish 20th February 2008, 18:23 Quote
Like many other people are saying: the one thing stopping me buying an eeePC is the screen resolution.

I don't care what DPI the screen ends up, but i want 1024 pixels wide at absolute bare minimum! :(

This one looks like it will cost more than an eeePC, but as long as it isn't excessively more, i'm sold
Krikkit 20th February 2008, 18:33 Quote
It's a good start, but it's not cheap enough. I have to say though, it's very pretty.
Nexxo 20th February 2008, 18:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
$650 US supposedly.

About £325,--? Bargain.
CardJoe 20th February 2008, 18:45 Quote
More likely to come out at £400 - £425
fathazza 20th February 2008, 18:54 Quote
if its 400 ill take one tbh assuming it doesnt have laughable battery life
EmJay 20th February 2008, 19:04 Quote
There's a sweet spot in the market that no-one's hit yet - something halfway between the eeePC and the Macbook Air in size, so it'd have a (mostly) useable screen and keyboard but still be smaller than a standard laptop, and hit a price point around $500-$700 US. That'd make it usable and cost effective for a web-browsing, note-taking machine, but not replace a full sized computer for extended work or gaming. This one looks like it's getting closer, I guess we'll find out.
fathazza 20th February 2008, 19:49 Quote
talking of the macbook air, apparently this hp thing will fit in an envelope!!!!
Krikkit 20th February 2008, 19:53 Quote
Everything will fit in an envelope fathazza, depends what size it is... ;)
Cupboard 20th February 2008, 20:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by EmJay
There's a sweet spot in the market that no-one's hit yet - something halfway between the eeePC and the Macbook Air in size, so it'd have a (mostly) useable screen and keyboard but still be smaller than a standard laptop, and hit a price point around $500-$700 US. That'd make it usable and cost effective for a web-browsing, note-taking machine, but not replace a full sized computer for extended work or gaming. This one looks like it's getting closer, I guess we'll find out.

The eee with a screen that filled the case would do nicely!

If this does only cost £350, it would be rather tempting
Quote:
Originally Posted by fathazza
usually 1366x768

That is the usual resolution for LCD TVs, but for computers it is more normally 1280*800
wuyanxu 20th February 2008, 21:40 Quote
superb looking laptop.

if only there's a mini-laptop in similar thickness and portability as Macbook Air or IBM X300, but in this price range. isn't 8inch a bit small?
rjkoneill 21st February 2008, 12:05 Quote
mechanical hard drive? Vista?
i want to see more specs before i commit.

if it turns out to run XP pro well then it may be a worthy investment
freedom810 24th February 2008, 16:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
More likely to come out at £400 - £425
Your probally right, but then whats the point, you can get a decent laptop for £400.
I guess were have to wait and see for the specs.
fathazza 24th February 2008, 19:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by freedom810
Your probally right, but then whats the point, you can get a decent laptop for £400.

but that 400 quid laptop wouldnt by tiny and light.... which is what some people for some unearthly reason think the whole point of an ultraportable is!:(
Smilodon 24th February 2008, 19:55 Quote
I can't really see this thing as a very useful unit TBH. 12" seems to be the best size at the moment.

Quote:
Originally Posted by fathazza
talking of the macbook air, apparently this hp thing will fit in an envelope!!!!

I have seen 17" laptops in an envelope, so that's a pretty poor measurement :p
The_Beast 24th February 2008, 20:08 Quote
I saw another one of those tiny laptops in Computer Shopper

it's called the Everex's CloudBook and it's $399

specs:
2 pounds
9 inches in length
5 hour battery life
1.2Ghz Via C7-M
1.3 megapixel webcam
gOS operating system
CardJoe 24th February 2008, 20:41 Quote
The Cloudbook has had a few distribution and production problems from what I've heard though..
fathazza 24th February 2008, 20:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smilodon


I have seen 17" laptops in an envelope, so that's a pretty poor measurement :p

i was being facetious
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
The Cloudbook has had a few distribution and production problems from what I've heard though..

isnt the cloudbook pretty much identical aside from running windows xp to the packard bell branded thing that pc world sell for £350 ?
The_Beast 25th February 2008, 00:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
The Cloudbook has had a few distribution and production problems from what I've heard though..

it doesn't really say all that much about that in Computer Shopper
fathazza 5th March 2008, 19:38 Quote
http://www.clove.co.uk/viewproduct.aspx?product=860C3DBF-F77D-4B2D-9FED-3302166CA743

just spotted the 2133 for preorder here, tho they dont have complete specs so i guess the price isnt definite...
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