Word on the street was that HP would be launching its Asus Eee-PC competitor today. But the HP 2133 is nowhere to be found on the HP website, or at Newegg, TigerDirect, or a handful of other online stores i checked. But if the HP 2133 isn't available today, it looks like it will be soon. PC World got a chance to check out a review unit, and they deem it to be a sort of Eee PC for grownups.

It's a little bigger than the Eee PC, and weighs a bit more (it's almost 3 pounds, while the Eee PC is just 2). But it packs an attractive 8.9 inch, 1280 x 768 pixel screen, which is something that even the upcoming Eee PC 900 won't boast (it'll have a 1024 x 600 pixel display on its 8.9 inch screen).

Like the Eee PC, the HP 2133 has 3 USB slots, WiFi, Ethernet, an SD card slot, a Webcam, and VGA output. But it also adds a PC Express card slot.

The HP 2133 will come in several configurations, ranging from a $499 model with a 1GHz CPU and Linux to a $749 version with a 1.6GHz processor and Vista Business Edition. PC World says you can also order a unit with Windows XP if you're not feeling Vista.

Part of the appeal of the Eee PC is its low price and extremely low weight. But the difference between 2 and 3 pounds isn't all that great, and I would love to get my hands on an ultraportable with a super-sharp screen like the HP 2133. I've already decided I'm going to pick up something with a better screen than my Eee PC 4G. I was pretty sure I was going to go with the Eee PC 900, but now HP's making my decision a little bit tougher.


Luiz Bento said...

You're definitely not alone my friend...

Garnet said...

Good review & liked your comments too. I've very happy with my Eee PC except for the small 7" screen & tight non-touch-typable keyboard.

I can work around the keyboard with a bluetooth one, two finger typing or sort-touch-typing with errors.

The 7" screen is ok, but the 8.9" will make a big difference!!!

I'm also leaning towards the HP however due to the bigger keyboard!

Anonymous said...

at first i thought the link was simply dead, but it appears pc world has pulled the review. how odd.

Brad Linder said...

It looks like the review is back online. I think they may have accidentally broken an embargo. Laptop Magazine's article didn't go online until midnight.

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