I've been drooling for an ultra-portable notebook that I can chuck into my handbag and take around everywhere I go. I started my research a couple of months back when I was in Singapore. The Asus EEC PC was about the only such product available at the time, and HP's mini-note 2133 had just come onto the market.
This trip, I was adamant that I would buy the HP 2133 (the Asus keyboard was practically unusable cos it's just too small). When I went to Best on Friday, the price of the HP2133 was $1199, when I was quite sure it should be retailing at $999. Then yesterday, I went to Harvey Norman, and hey the notebook was going for $999 inclusive of GST! Woohooo...I told the salesman that I was taking it...
...but wait a minute. What was this beauty beside the HP2133?
Omigosh, it was an Acer One, with a keyboard that was slightly smaller than HP's but still usable (unlike Asus'), it runs on Linux which is fine for me, loads faster (HP runs Vista and me no likey Vista), it is only 1kg (270g lighter than the 2133), it comes with a case (HP doesn't), the battery life is about 5 hours (HP only 2-3 hours) and most importantly, it's bloody gorgeous!!!
I got mine in Pearl white; the other choice was Sapphire blue.
Oh yeah, it's a whole $300 cheaper than the 2133, at only $699 inclusive of GST. Fantastic buy. And it's a new arrival, just came into Harvey Norman on the very day I went there. If I had been a day early, I would have been stuck with the HP2133. I've been using this cutie all morning, hence, the er, slew, of blog posts today.
I sure am glad I'm Queen of Comparison Shopping, yeah, you can call me Madame Skint...Happy happpeeeee...I know, I know, I'm also Queen of Internet Surfing...
Those of you in the market for mini-notes, 'note' that Dell is coming up with their own version, dunno how much it'll be though. Seriously, if you only need this for internet surfing, simple blogging and simple wordprocessing, this machine is more than adequate. I'm liking what I see about Linux so far, it's all about KISS, keeping it simple, stupid! :)