What do you think of Verizon’s mini computer notebook? Sounds good on the surface at only $199, right?
The HP Mini 1151NR features a 1.60GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB DDR2, 80GB HDD, CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO, CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A, a 10.1? LED display with a 1024×576 resolution, Bluetooth 2.0, two USB 2.0 ports, 802.11b/g WLAN, Ethernet RJ-45, webcam, VGA port, built-in mic, built-in stereo speakers, SD/MMC card reader, and it comes pre-installed with Windows XP Service Pack 3.
That’s what I’m looking for in a mini…does what I need! And I like the 10.1 inch screen. Perfect size for a mini. The catch here is the data plan. You sign up for new service for 2 years and at say $40 per month you will end up paying a bundle for the notebook over the life of the contract. The upside? Totally portability.
My take on this? If you have other family members who might have laptops, the usb modem might be the way to go, and you can spend a little more on a notebook, say a Dell refurbished one or Acer. If you are single, and all you want is the mini for portability, this Verizon may be the answer for you. Either way, do the math!