HP Vivienne Tam netbook to release this month

Described as digital clutch chic, this special edition HP Mini will ship on March 19th

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HP Vivienne Tam netbook to release this month HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam Edition made its debut at the New York Fashion Week as part of Tam's spring 2010 collection. (Getty Images)
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By  Vineetha Menon Published  March 10, 2010

The new HP Mini netbook designed by Vivienne Tam will be available in the Middle East this month once it is officially launched on March 19th.

The HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam Edition with its ‘Butterfly Lovers' design made its debut at the New York Fashion Week as part of Tam's spring 2010 collection. The design is inspired by a classic Chinese love story and the Mini comes with a special Butterfly Lovers desktop theme that includes an animated butterfly start menu, custom Vivienne Tam icons and three wallpapers to coordinate with the design.

"As a fashion designer I have always found inspiration in bringing contrasting worlds together," said Tam. "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 slim and light netbook operates Microsoft Windows 7 Premium edition, has a 10" LED display, 2GB of memory and hard-drive options that go up to 320GB.  Its battery life however is said to be only about 5.5 hours.

Standout features that set it apart from the netbook crowd is its high-performance audio software, a result of a partnership with Beats by Dr. Dre, and the built-in webcam that allows users to take photos and engage in video chats while also serving as an 'instant mirror' with the click of a mouse.

The HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam Edition, which has a $599 (AED 2,200) price tag, also comes with matching accessories including a microfiber suede sleeve and an optional Butterfly Lovers wireless mouse. It is set to ship on March 19 with local HP spokespeople adding that they expect in stores across the United Arab Emirates sometime this month as well.

It is the second 'digital clutch' Tam designed for HP. The first was revealed in 2008 when models walked down the runway with the 10.2" Mini 1000 red peony-adorned netbook in hand at the New York Fashion Week that year, a first for any American runway.

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