September 15, 2009, 9:04 pm

HP's designers clearly took a wrong turn between the original mininote and this.


September 15, 2009, 10:32 pm

I'm not certain but I believe this isn't the ion that we all love but the crippled ION LE version. May change with windows 7 editions however.

Tony Walker

September 16, 2009, 3:33 am

Equally uncertain but isn't the full version the only one to support HDMI?


September 16, 2009, 1:40 pm

@Xiphias: Why do you say that? It has pretty similar styling. I thought it was rather attractive.

@Andrew and Tony: I do believe it is the LE version but it had HDMI and we saw demos of it playing games and HD video. For me, just some basic graphical prowess is enough to make this highly desirable. DX10 support, or lack there of, is of pretty minimal concern.


September 16, 2009, 1:53 pm

Ion 2, CULV and Windows 7 = Netbook heaven...


September 16, 2009, 2:34 pm

@Max Power:

1. That simply wouldn't be a netbook anymore, it would be an ultra portable because...

2. CULV has a huge price premium over Atom - the difference between a £350 and £500 machine.


September 16, 2009, 2:56 pm

$44 for an Atom N270, $134 for a CULV Celeron SU2300. Hardly £150...

Oh, and just because it's called Celery, doesn't mean it runs like crap, they SU2300 is far and away the better processor when compared to the Atom N270.


September 16, 2009, 3:49 pm

Trust me, in terms of end user cost when integrated into a system, £150 is the sort of difference you'll be looking at. The question was asked of nVidia and HP and that was the figure we were given. Just look at current CULV notebook prices: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...


September 16, 2009, 10:57 pm

Ah, I wasn't aware of that!

Still £500 for a small laptop of that calibre will still be on my shopping list come April next year (bonus time!).


March 10, 2010, 4:36 pm

I have this netbook and I have to say I absolutely love it, its an excellent blend of portability and power in my opinion as the size of the laptop means that I can easily slip it into my bag when im out an about, plus the ION graphics means that it is more than capable of playing back HD videos and also some light gaming from the "last generation" of games (for example Medieval 2:Total War, Mount & Blade, Arma ect)

Excellent value at under £300 as it is now direct from HP, I got lucky and got it when there was an offer for £250 and at that price it was a steal.

With regards to the ION LE comments, thats just a software thing, it can be fixed:


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