Now though, Jerel Chong, HP Australia's Market Development Manager for Notebook PCs, has let slip that an update is on the way that'll likely see its weedy, VIA C7-M processor cast asunder and a meatier Intel Atom restored in its place.
He's also hinted at a lower-cost model that'll lose expensive touches, for which we read the all-metal cladding and shock-proof hard drive, probably to replace them with el-cheapo plastic and a few gigs of Eee-style flash memory.
That should see the price tumble when it goes on sale - sadly we've no word on when that might be.
HP Mini Note 2133 Linux, Vista Business
Price: £360, £410
On sale: Now