I ♥ Tam

HP's Vivienne Tam 'digital clutch' costs AED 2,199 and is available at the usual retailers

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  June 21, 2010

The new Tam netbook from HP is the perfect example of style and substance which is, by no means, an easy feat to accomplish.

The HP Mini 210 sporting Vivienne Tam’s 'Butterfly Lovers' design looks like a dream with a delicate and classy motif and also comes with its own customised software and little performance extras that take it to a whole other productivity level.

For example, the HP QuickWeb instant power-up feature allows you to browse the web and even check your e-mail instead of waiting for the full Windows 7 to boot. And if you own a HP computer, the HP QuickSync software on the Tam allows you to easily sync and access multimedia, documents and e-mail from registered devices on your network. There's even the Seesmic Desktop application that brings together all your social media feeds in one happy desktop space.

Which brings me to my favourite aspect of the Tam - HP has managed to give the now-familiar Windows 7 interface a delightfully fresh makeover. From a special butterfly theme complete with an animated Start Menu, to a Fences feature that keeps the desktop neat and organised without the clutter of numerous icons. It all just looks really really good.

Specs include a decent 10.1" display, a speedy Intel Atom N450 processor, 2GB memory and a 93% full-size keyboard, which was really comfortable to use (though to be honest, it's the men that have problems with netbook keyboard sizes). There's also a gorge optical wireless mouse with a matching butterfly design as an optional accessory.

The firm claims the new Vivienne Tam 'digital clutch' provides more than 5 hours of battery life and my review unit held up quite nicely in the power management mode. It doesn't quite stretch to six or seven hours with Microsoft Office documents and a few Internet Explorer windows open, but it definitely lasted longer than expected. It's also super light at 1.2 kilograms and a little thinner than 1 inch. Small is beautiful!

HP's new Tam netbook comes with the Beats by Dr. Dre audio software, which has previously only been found in the company's Envy line. Now I can't say I found this to be a standout feature but the audio quality is definitely not shabby. The worst aspect of the netbook in my opinon would have to be the integrated webcam's video quality. If you click on the 'instant mirror' icon on your taskbar, you can see a grainy and dark reflection of yourself through the webcam's basic VGA resolution. I looked awful.

But that's the only obvious drawback in my opinion.

Costing a little over AED 2,000, the latest HP Vivienne Tam is really worth it if you want to stand out from the crowd and get your work done in unequivocal style.

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