We've been relatively impressed with the laptops HP has been sending our way in recent months, in particular, the HP Envy 13, which boasts an astonishing 15 hour battery life (using the attachable battery "slice").
As much as we're impressed with the battery life on the Envy 13, the laptop will still set you back more than $2,000 (read our review in the upcoming March 2010 issue of PC Authority).
Fortunately, if you're looking for something more affordable, the 2010 crop of netbooks is looking promising.
|New netbook: HP Mini 210 has Intel's N450 onboard
Kicking off the year is HP's Mini 210, which grabbed our attention for it's $499 starting price. The 210 has a 10.1in LED screen, up to 250GB HDD, up to 2GB RAM, optional 3G onboard, and a claimed 9 hours of battery life. Weight starts at 1.2Kg.
As we saw at CES, Intel's improved Atom n450 CPU is leading to slightly smaller and lighter designs, with the promise (in theory) of improved battery life, and improved integrated graphics.
Online storage space is becoming increasingly common, and HP is offering this under the name HP "Cloud Drive" - we've asked HP for confirmation on how much space you'll get. Expect to see this a lot more in 2010 - we even saw a 500GB being promoted by ASUS with some of its laptops at CES. Exactly how useful this will be will depend a lot on whether you have the broadband plan that can cope.