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February 17, 2009

Adventures With My HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition

When I talk to moms about netbooks they question why they would need one when they already have a laptop. I try to explain that netbooks are small and light enough to keep in their purse all day.  I already started my review for the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition, but the next step was to see what would happen if I truly kept it in my purse - where would I end up using it? Did I need to have mobile computing beyond my smartphone or could I just wait until I got home?

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I took it to CES and saw the Dress that inspired the design at the HP Booth. Then...

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There were also a pair of matching shoes and a red carrying case to store the "digital clutch". But I prefer to just carry it around without a case because the design is so pretty.

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Then.. While the kids were at school and I was meeting a friend for coffee, I used my HP Mini Vivienne Tam Edition to catch up on email after getting to the cafe early..

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I had to show off the HP Mini to the salespeople at the store next door to the cafe - which was having a big sale.

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I took it out while I was waiting for my twins basketball game to start. I snuck in some online social networking before the game started - and then I cheered my boys on!. No - this is not the equivalent of a dad reading the newspaper while the game was going on. I shutdown before the game started (but I did not need to watch the practice..)

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My friend bought her 2 year old to the game, who had red pattern leather shoes that matched my HP Mini quite nicely. Her 2 year old was getting bored and I offered to have her play on PBSKids.org because I also happened to have my Sprint USB Broadband card with me.

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One of the moms at the game was admiring the HP Mini and tested it out by seeing if it fit into her bag. It did. I admired back her grey patent leather bag.

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Brought my HP Mini to a school PTA meeting to take notes and slip in a few important business emails to keep my workday in line while at the meeting. Someone at the meeting was nice enough to bring muffins.

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At the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner I bumped into Liz Henry that also had the HP Mini Vivienne Tam Edition, and she said it felt like someone else wore the same dress to the prom.

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The HP Mini came skiing with me, which allowed me to catch up on blogging, email and social networking at night after the kids went to sleep.

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The kids at the cabin wanted to take a quick look at the HP Mini Vivienne Tam Edition. The consensus was that while they like having their desktop or laptops at home, they would find it useful to have a netbook. Some of the reasons they mentioned was that it would nicely into their backpacks and they could carry it around while at school or traveling. They tested it out by playing some games and watching some videos. They easily used the touchpad to play online games but we promptly shut if off afterwards because there were ski slopes awaiting.

So far the HP Mini is coming in very handy, I use my downtime more efficiently during the day to keep up to date on email , social networking and web browse if needed when I am away from home . I can take notes at meetings and email everyone before the meeting is over. I never felt  comfortable typing more then a few sentences on my smartphone, but with the HP Mini's 92% keyboard, it is comfortable to type. But I did find it important to bring my USB Broadband card along so that I could have internet access whether there was a Wi-Fi in range or not. I also used the built-in Wi-Fi when available.

Whats next? I am taking my HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam edition to NYC.. Let's see what new adventures will happen along the way.

Disclosure: I was given a Vivienne Tam HP Netbook for a review program.

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Oh. It's so cute! Darn. There I was thinking that eggplant (my new netbook) was very cute, but gosh -- I kind of wish he had a flower also! Anthropomorphically yours.....

Very cool device. Now that I have my work "in the cloud", I would MUCH rather take the mini on vacation than my work computer. And I wouldn't look like I'm working either. With a broadband card, I would be set. Love my smartphone, but it's not the same.


I have loved reading about these, aand the trip to NY. The pictures are amazing to look at, and I loved the dress that matches! I would take the Vivianne Tam with me to SeaWorld to make notes for a blog post while we were there. It would most likely make the weekly trip to Soccer practice and to the games. I can always use the extra time to tweak a post before a game starts. It would deffinetly go with me to the bus stop, this is such a dead time, just sitting and waiting for the school bus to arrive twice a day.

I would absolutely tuck the netbook into my purse to carry around and use throughout the day. While I love my laptop, it seems so big and clunky to carry around compared to the netbook and for someone who is always on the go between kid activities, work, errands, etc. this is the perfect solution for me! Thanks for entering me to win the matching mouse! I love the pattern!

I would love to walk around with such a hip looking gadget. My cool quota would go up instantly. And it would make me look more fashionable instantly. What a fun trip you had - I wish I was a late owl and could have met up with you. I guess I'll just have to wait until BlogHer.

Vanessa/Chefdruck

I would probably wear only black all the time, and turn into the momblogger equivalent of Johnny Cash, just to showcase this. I have been coveting yours since I first saw it. I might actually blog again if I had a computer in my purse.

That netbook might be the coolest thing I have seen in a looong time! First of all, RED is totally my color; but most of all, the design is stunning. It would be such a conversation piece and would up my "cool factor"!

WANT ONE!

-- LTV Mom

Like everyone else, I'm drooling over this little gem. I can think of a 1000 ways to use it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

LOL, that was super cool the many places you can take it. Thanks for sharing


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