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Video Review – HP Mini 2140

Great 10 minutes review of the HP Mini 2140 from James Kendrick over at jkOnTheRun.

Source – jkOnTheRun

January 23, 2009 Posted by | HP, NetBook, Review, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Video Review & Update – HP iPAQ 912 Business Messenger

The iPaq 912 (iPaq 910 in US) Business Manager is finally announced here in Hong Kong for a price tag of HK$3,980 (US$510) from PCCW.

Source – Palmsolo

September 4, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Mobile Phone, Review, Video, Windows+Mobile | , , | Leave a comment

Review – HP iPAQ 910

Matthew Miller over at ZDNet have the latest review out on the HP iPAQ 910 and he seems to like it quite a bit.  In his follow-up post, he said that the iPAQ900 have better reception than the Samsung Blackjack II, HTC Touch Diamond, T-Mobile Dash, and Nokia N95-3. Seems like it is the alternative if you’re looking for a Windos Mobile powered phone with full QWERTY keypad.

Full specification as follow –

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Marvell PXA270 416 MHz processor
  • 256MB ROM (about 120MB available to the user)
  • 128MB RAM (about 62MB available to the user)
  • 2.46 inch 320×240 touch screen
  • Integrated 802.11 b/g WiFi radio
  • Integrated Bluetooth 2.0 radio with EDR
  • Integrated GPS receiver
  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE radio and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA radio (speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps)
  • 1940 mAh Lithium ion battery
  • microSD card slot
  • 3 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
  • Weight of 5.4 ounces
  • Size of 4.5 inches x 2.5 inches x 0.6 inch

Check out the following article from Matthew Miller –
First impressions of the HP iPAQ 910 Business Manager
The HP iPAQ 910 has excellent RF reception and is an impressive device

Source – ZDNet

July 11, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Mobile Phone, Video, Windows+Mobile | , , | 2 Comments

Heads-up Comparison – HP Voodoo Envy 133 vs MacBook Air

Pic from Vantan.org


Voodoo -> Width: 32.2cm (12.65 inches); Depth: 23cm (9.04 inches); Height (front & rear): 1.79cm (0.7 inches); Weight (including SSD & battery): 1.53kg (3.373lbs)

MacBook Air -> Width: 32.5cm (12.8 inches); Depth: 22.7cm (8.94 inches); Height (side to centre): 0.4-1.94cm (0.16-0.76 inches); Weight: 1.36kg (3.0lbs)


Both uses Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology featuring Intel® Core™2 Duo
processor SP7700 (4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB) with 1.6GHz as standard and 1.8GHz as optional.


Voodoo -> 13.3″ WXGA High-Definition Widescreen LED Backlit Display (1280×800)

MacBook Air -> 13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen TFT LED backlit display with support for millions of colors


Both have choices of 64GB Solid State drive or 80G HDD 4200RPM


Voodoo -> 3-Cell, 33 Whr Lithium ion polymer, user replaceable (claims up to 3 hr 45 min battery life, depending on usage)

MacBook Air -> Integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery (claims up to 5 hr with wireless on)


Other specs regarding wireless, Bluetooth, backlit keyboard and webcam are all pretty standard on both machines


Voodoo ->

  • Voodoo IOS – Boot up in seconds. Unique to the Voodoo Envy 133, this feature gives road warriors instant access to Skype and Internet browser
  • Replaceable battery
  • An ID-coordinated external optical drive is included with every Voodoo Envy 133
  • HDMI video port (max resolution 1920×1080)
  • Two USB ports (one function as a shared e-SATA connector/USB2.0)
  • 34mm ExpressCard slot

MacBook Air ->

  • Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
  • Being a Mac


Well, seems like the HP Voodoo Envy 133 wins out on the specs, tell me what you think.

Source – Vantan.org, Gizmodo

June 19, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks | , , , , | 3 Comments

First Look – HP Voodoo Envy 133

This video from Shiny Shiny, think it can match up with the MacBook Air or the Lenovo Thinkpad x300?

I think so. The specs are just amazing consider its size. Check out the following –

  • 1.8cm thick compare to MacBook Air’s 1.94cm at the rear end;
  • 13.3″ widescreen backlit LED display (1,280 x 800);
  • two USB port (one act as an e-SATA connector as well);
  • HDMI video output;
  • integrated 3G HSDPA mobile broadband;
  • removable battery;
  • express card slot;
  • comes with external drive;
  • integrated webcam;
  • backlit keyboard; and
  • price starts at US$2,099.

According to Laptopmag, “the Envy 133 launches users into an environment where they can surf the Web and make Skype calls within a mere 10 seconds. Called Voodoo IOS, this environment is powered by Splashtop and gives you the full Internet without having to run Vista in the background. Not only does this feature save time, it should also save battery life. You can also instant message your buddies (via Pidgin) in AOL, Google Talk, MSN, Yahoo, and more, and access photos and music–but not movies on the optical drive.”

I say WOW.

Look for it this summer.

Source – Shinymedia, Laptopmag

June 13, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, Video | , | 2 Comments

How to Install Windows XP on the HP 2133 Mini-Note

jkOnTheRun posted an article on how to downgrade the Windows Vista version of the HP 2133 Mini-Note to Windows XP, I’ve linked the instructions below from bsumpter over at notebookreview.com’s forum since Heyman just asked for it, hope it helps.  Full thread on the post is linked here.

1) Plug in USB DVD / CD drive, insert WinXP disk.
2) Boot computer, hitting F9 at bootup to choose boot volume.
3) Choose your DVD / CD drive to boot from, then hit any key to boot from CD.
4) During XP setup, blow away all existing paritions (leave the small 400mb if you ever plan on reinstalling Suse Linux – I did not).
5) Format as NTFS – I used the “Quick” option as it takes forever the other way.
6) Install XP as normal from here forward.
7) Once installed, grab the Broadcom Ethernet driver and install it via CD or SD card:
8) Once you have a working NIC, connect to the internet, activate your copy of XP, and go to the “Windows Update”.
9) From Windows Update, choose “Custom” and install all of the hardware drivers it offers.
10) Reboot.
11) At this point, everything should be working except sound and HP Quicklaunch button support.
12) Download the KB888111 patch and install for the first part of the sound fix:
13) Download the Vista sound drivers for the Mini-Note from the HP website:
14) Run the install for the file above. It will unzip to a folder of your choosing, try to run, and then bomb because you don’t have Vista.
15) Go to Device Manager, double click on the “?” for sound device, choose Update Driver, and point it at the Vista driver folder unzipped by the above application.
16) At this point, you should have sound when finished.
17) Install the HP QuickLaunch button drivers (it’s under “Official Site 1”):
18) Ignore the popups for new hardware during this install – they will go away on their own.
19) Hit the “Start” button, click “Run”, then type “msconfig”.
20) Once inside msconfig, click the “Startup” tab on the right, and turn OFF “smax4pnp”.
21) Reboot.

Source – bsumpter via jkOnTheRun

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, Software | , , , , , | 22 Comments

HP 2133 Mini-Note Hong Kong Launch Details

Two versions will be launch in Hong Kong and both will be running on the VIA C7M 1.2GHz processor.

The Linux version will feature 1GB Ram on board together with a 120GB Hdd; price: HK$3,999 (US$513).

The Vista version will feature 2GB Ram on board together with a 160GB Hdd; price: HK$4,999 (US$641).

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, UMPC | , , , | 5 Comments

Video Review – HP 2133 Mini-Note

Both very interesting video, the comparison on HP’s Vista version and the ASUS Eee PC running on WinXP might bot be the best comparison but nonetheless gives you a vague idea on the booting speed on both different processor.

Source – PCMPodcast

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, UMPC | , | Leave a comment

HP 2133 UMPC vs ASUS Eee PC – Boot-up Test

XP vs Vista, not really a head-to-head comparison but well.

Source – TechnologyGuide

April 11, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, UMPC, Video | , , | 3 Comments

Review – HP2133 UMPC

Following my last post on the HP 2133 UMPC, James Kendrick over at jkOnTheRun received a test unit for a week and he just publish a very long and thorough review on it. His take on the HP 2133 –

“I think HP has a real winner on their hands with the Mini. I find it to be a capable notebook computer that is highly portable and the build quality is outstanding. I also find it impressive that the total price swing from entry level (with Linux) to fully loaded is only $250 and there is no question in my mind that the Mini is the best built UMPC at this price level. I wish HP had put an Intel processor instead of the Via but that is probably my long-time prejudice against the Via rather than any actual observed issue. I find it delightful that HP will allow consumers to configure a Mini exactly as desired on their online store which is unusual for such a low-cost device. I would have no problem recommending the Mini to anyone looking for a highly mobile notebook with few compromises.”

If that’s not enough, check out his video review on the HP 2133. For your information, the HP 2133 is ready for order now in the US.

Source – jkOnTheRun

April 9, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Mobility, Notebooks, Review, UMPC, Video | , | 1 Comment