My HP Mini 1000 finally arrived and I quickly took it out of the box so I could try it out. Here are some pictures of the unboxing process.
When I first saw the box it was a lot smaller than I anticipated. When I opened it I saw that even though it was a small box it had plenty of padding to protect the netbook. There was also a box that held the power cord and battery. Under the netbook is another compartment and this one holds some documentation and the USB stick that I ordered with the Mini.
After unpacking the Mini 1000 I opened it up and turned it on. I was greeted by some very familure setup screens. I haven’t installed XP in years so this was kind of a flash back for me.
After all the setup screens were completed and I could finally see the desktop I was happy with how clean it was. There are some pre-installed apps, but they are all in the start menu and not on the desktop. The HP Mini 1000 comes with Microsoft Works, Aim, and several other small apps.
You can also see that the base install of Windows XP and the few apps that are installed take up about 5GB of space. This may not seem like a lot, but when you consider that I only got the 16GB Solid State Drive (SSD) it is a third of all the space I have available. I am almost wishing that I had gone for the 60GB hard drive.
Memory usage is nice and low. As you can see from the image the base install only uses 202MB of RAM.
So what about my first impressions? Well I am very excited about it and I also have high hopes. There are several of things I have already found that I don’t like. For example, the screen only tilts back a little ways and when I have a netbook on my lap I like it to go way back so I don’t have to scrunch down to see it.
Also the Screen resolution is a bit crazy, it is really wide and also very short. This means that when I open up documents and web pages I can only see the very top and I have a long way to scroll to see the bottom.
The touchpad buttons are also not in the best placement, but I have quickly learned to work around it. For example, I hardly ever use the left mouse button, instead I can single and double tab the touchpad. Also when I do need to use the left mouse button, like when I want to drag something I have learned that it is easier to do it with two hands.
Well these are my first thoughts. I will definitely have more to say when I write my full review.
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