The birth of netbooks was an entirely pragmatic one – cheap Linux devices, meant for pure mobility and efficiency. Since their birth, however, they’ve gone through all kinds of transformations, and people are starting to have a lot of fun with them.
That’s exactly what NY fashion designer Vivienne Tam has tried to do, decking out the HP Mini 1000 netbook with her trademark style. Take note, manufacturers: red netbooks look good. Take a look:
The HP Mini 1000 netbook underneath the flashy veneer is the same as always – a 10.1″, 1.6 GHz, 60GB HDD, 1 GB DDR2 machine running Windows XP Home with a 3-cell battery.
The top cover has flowers in eight shades, with “a vibrant design of peony blooms that signify good fortune and prosperity.”
Inexplicably the new Vivienne Tam edition of the netbook comes with a hand strap for… we’re not quite sure. I hardly think anyone wants a few pounds of computing machine dangling from his or her wrist like a camera.
The keyboard looks amazing too. The contrast between the lettering and the keys isn’t fantastic, but for most people it shouldn’t be an issue. The new keys don’t have a matte finish like the original version, however.
You do have to add a hefty $245 to the price for the designer name, but that’s what fashion’s all about, isn’t it? If you’ve got the cash for it the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition will look great under your fingertips, and we can’t complain about that.
If your wallet really needs emptying, consider investing in a 6-cell battery for your netbook as well.