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James provided his hands-on impressions of the Mobile Internet Experience, or MIE, version of HP’s Mini 1000 and I see that Notebooks.com has a video of the shell. After watching this video and thinking back to other customized Linux faces I’ve used on netbooks, I walked […]

James provided his hands-on impressions of the Mobile Internet Experience, or MIE, version of HP’s Mini 1000 and I see that Notebooks.com has a video of the shell. After watching this video and thinking back to other customized Linux faces I’ve used on netbooks, I walked away much more impressed overall with HP’s effort. While the custom shell on the Asus Eee PC and Acer Aspire One were geared towards simplicity, the MIE on the Mini 1000 is far more refined and looks to offer a more enjoyable experience.

In the end, I still believe the wide variance of Linux implementations isn’t helping its cause in the netboook market, but the HP MIE is slick and could make the Mini 1000 stand out from the crowd. Take a look and see if you agree.

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  1. Interesting. Reminds me a little of HTC’s TouchFlo interface: both are trying to mask the outdated- and unfamiliar-looking OS by designing a front-end. Maybe they’re trying to lower the return rates the linux-based netbooks have been struggling with.
    I’d like something like that for Windows too actually, just to have everything I need in a nice-looking overview (feeds, mails, etc.). Google’s trying to do that with iGoogle, but I’d prefer a more beautiful offline client.

  2. How big is the AC adapter for the Mini? anyone knows? that is a deal breaker for me, the Asus come with one that resemble a cell phone charger. That is slick.

  3. @ Rocco

    If it’s anything like the original Mini-Note, it’s a shrunk down version of a standard, two piece, AC adapter.

    Is it small? Yes, but it’s not original Eee PC small.

  4. now the question is…

    how can we port this over to the MSI Wind and Acer Aspire? :)

  5. Rocco, the EEE 9″ and greater also come with smaller bricks, it is only the original 7″ EEE that came with the small adapter.

  6. James Kendrick Friday, November 7, 2008

    MIE in action struck me as what the Origami Experience wanted to be but fell short IMHO. MIE was much more useful than OE while I was playing with it.

  7. yeah OE really was a great idea but the thing is it had to run on Vista. UMPC’s can’t run Vista very well unless you have 2GB ram and an SSD.

    Since this runs on XP it probably runs better because of that. I would really wish I can run Origigami Experience in XP.

    I also would love to use this on a UMPC.

  8. Did you get to see the boot time?

  9. wow, I really like that interface! I would’ve gladly bought a Linux mini-note right now, except they took out the VGA port!!!

    Really slick…not like Linux at all! *hides*

  10. @ Vance: that is definitely a minus for the Mini.
    But other than that, the Mini 1000 is great, specially with MIE Linux bundled with it!

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