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HP’s Mobile Internet Experience sure to please netbook crowd

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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 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.

11 Responses to “HP’s Mobile Internet Experience sure to please netbook crowd”

  1. @James Kendrick: I think you might be getting HPs products confused. This version which runs on the Mini is actually built on top Linux not XP.

    However they have a similar looking interface on some of their all in one desktops which I believe is on top of Vista.

  2. 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*

  3. medah4rick

    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.

  4. @ 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.

  5. noctilux

    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 Reminds me a little of HTC’s TouchFlo interface: both are trying to mask the outdated- and unfamiliar-looking OS by designing a front-end.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.