If you needed any more signs that digital gear is taking up high-profile residence in the fahion world, Hewlett-Packard would like you to know about its HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam Edition netbook, featuring a case design and desktop theme from the designer’s sprint 2010 collection inspired by the Chinese “Butterfly Lovers” story. The netbook marks HP’s latest collaboration with Tam, who has been doing “digital clutches” with HP since 2008.
“As a fashion designer I have always found inspiration in bringing contrasting worlds together,” said Tam, in a statement. “I use computers in every aspect of my life so it seemed natural to marry fashion and technology. Together with HP, we created this movement of fashionable tech accessories with the second-edition digital clutch.”
The system sports an 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, up to 320 GB of hard drive storage, and 10.1-inch LED-backlight widescreen display. The entire system is less than one inch thick and weighs just 2.7 pounds; HP says users should be able to get five hours of use off a single battery charge, and the integrated webcam will enable users to not only take snapshots and do video chats, but can also serve as an “instant mirror” so users can quickly check their makeup. The unit also features HP’s QuickWeb technology for enabling users to check in with social networking sites, chats, email, and calendars without fully booting into Windows. HP has also rolled in Beats by Dr. Dre audio software to improve audio output via speakers or headphones; previously the software had only been available on HP’s high-end Envy notebooks. The systems will ship with Windows 7 Home Premium.
The HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam Edition will be available March 19 for a suggested price of $599; pre-orders are available now.
Tam has also collaborated with Monster to produce Butterfly premium headphones matching her spring 2010 collection.