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Broadband Almost Everywhere – No Stick Required

July 20, 2009

By Greg Gazin - Apple Gazin’ - G4 Canada

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It used to be that Internet-Ready meant that your device either had a wired either card or a wireless adapter built-in. We then saw Mobile Internet-Ready which meant a dongle, a stick or and external adapter was needed to give you access to the mobile network. Well Rogers and Hewlett-Packard HP have changed all that and you’ll have one less thing to carry around with Canada’s first 3.5G embedded notebook.

HP Mini 110 Notebook

HP MiniPC 110 w/embedded mobile broadband technologySimply put, it’s the HP Mini 110 notebook with mobile broadband capability embedded right into the computer that will run over Rogers 3.5G network.

The computer itself is a MiniPC that features a 10.1” widescreen display, weighs just less than 3 lbs and is just slightly over 1” thick. IT has an integrated webcam, microphone, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and a multifunctional 5-in-1-memory card reader. It has the usual 1.6Ghz Intel Atom N270 processor found in many of today’s netbook. It supports up to 1GB of memory, has a 160GB hard drive and is bundled with Windows XP Home Edition.

For touch typists, you’ll be happy to know the keyboard is almost full-sized. According to HP 92% of a standard keyboard to be exact.

3.5G HSPA Network

The high-speed network, dubbed 3.5G HSPA unveiled by Rogers last December can support download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. (3G is 3.1Mbps for comparison). According to Rogers’ website,  the available in 25 major centres across and reaches more than 75% of Canada’s population. If in doubt, you can check the Rogers network coverage strength indicator.  You can either select your Province and city and check the indicator or download either a provincial, national or international coverage map PDF.

Exclusive Distribution

Right now it appears that there is only one embedded model (1050ca) to choose from and you can’t get it just anywhere. The embedded HP MiniPC 110 is available exclusively from Best Buy or Future Shop for  $299.99 on a 2-year term. With monthly data plans starting at $25 for 500MB. Seems like netbooks are taking on the cell-phone subsidy model.

Scanning the BestBuy.ca website (there are inconsistencies), you can purchase the unit without a term plan, but it’ll cost you $150.00 - $175.00 more so you’re looking at $449.99 or $474.99 depending on where you look on their web site. Check with your local store for details.

 

Greg Gazin can be reached at  gadgetguy “at” telus “dot” net Or GadgetGreg.com

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