The HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje ($399) is this fall's follow-up to last year's glammed-up Vivienne Tam HP Digital Clutch netbook. This petite 10.1" netbook (opting for a muted Scandinavian color scheme this time around) is beautifully adorned with Tord Boontje's intricate designs of flora and fauna (spot the blue whale!) using a snazzy layering process called HP Imprint 3D. Sure, it's a work of art, but there's also a computer inside, running on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of memory, and the new Windows 7 operating system. Seems computers have permanently left behind their ugly duckling stage. Oh, gray plastic, we hardly ever knew ye.
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