Two new travel friendly notebook computers from HP

HP has long been on the forefront of the newest generation of portable machines – they were the first to offer a netbook with a near full size keyboard, and they have continued to innovate ever since.

Today, they announced two new light and highly portable machines for their end of year lineup.

On the left is the HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje. The innards of this machine may be fairly bland (1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and Windows 7 starter), but the outside is nothing short of stunning. HP teamed up with Dutch designer Tord Boontje and applied what they call “Imprint 3D” to the lid of the machine, decorating it in an intricate floral pattern. It will be available late October starting at $399.

Next up is the Mini 311. This machine features an 11.6″ HD display, and is powered by the Nvidia ION platform. This combines the Intel Atom processor with a low powered version of the Nvidia GeForce 9400 video chip. Sounds like gobbledygook? All you need to know is that this machine will have the power to play HD video, something most current netbook size machines can’t pull off. It’ll come with 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive. The best part of this impressive machine? It too will start at just $399 and will be available in two weeks. Initially, it will ship with Windows XP, but a Windows 7 version will be available in October.