HP has unveiled a trio of mini laptops, including a rather beautiful Vivienne Tam one in a red Chinese silk design.
The HP Mini 1000 will cost £399 inc VAT in either the standard shiny black finish or the "fashionista" shiny red version. The third mini model is a Compaq-branded Mini 700.
HP describes these latest models as its first 'consumer' mini PCs, distinguishing them from the HP Mini-Note 2133 model it launched earlier this year. HP now says the Mini-Note was aimed at mobile professionals and educational establishments.
Consumer entertainment credentials include an HP MediaStyle feature. This enables "one-stop entertainment through a single interface". Users will be able to use it to call up photos, music and video they want to play.
HP MediaStyle is described as a "dashboard interface" and splits the desktop into categories such as internet applications, websites, video, music, email and other content.
The HP Mini 1000 is a 10.2in laptop weighing 1.1kg and with a depth of 25.2mm. Powered by an Intel Atom N270 processor, it comes with either 8GB or 16GB of onboard SSD (solid state disk) storage.
Connectivity includes wireless LAN and Bluetooth and there will be a webcam and built-in microphone for video chat. An HP-branded 8GB USB Mini Mobile Drive will be offered as a companion product for users who want to boost the storage capacity or make data backups.
The HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam edition is set to go onsale in the UK in January for £399 inc VAT, while the plain vanilla version will be available from mid-February for the same price.