HP launches first touchscreen Mini PC...

Filled with the blood rush of touchscreen convertibles, HP has brought the Windows 7 enabled technology to the company's Mini PC range with the launch of the HP Mini 5102.

It's designed for students and mobile professionals, and comes in an all metal, anodized aluminium case in either black, red or blue with the optional carry handle pictured above. It also happens to weigh just over 1kg.

It's fully multitouch enabled with zoom, scroll and rotate gestures all recognised - as with the TouchSmart tm2 - but if you'd rather stick with more traditional methods, there's a 95% full size QWERTY as well.

The Mini 5102 runs the choice of a 1.66GHz N450 or 1.83GHz N470 Pineview Intel Atom CPU with up to a hefty 2GB of RAM and either an HDD up to 320GB or an SSD to 128GB. There's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 10.1-inch LED screen in HD resolution and a 2-megapixel webcam with face recognition software to automatically log you into your machine. It's out from now and starts at $399.

Of course, if you don't need all that funk, you can opt for either the Mini 210 or 2102 which HP has also announced today. They're not touch-enabled and there's no carry handle but they still have the same 10.1-inch LED screens, the same mass and are even GPS-enabled too.

Just the HDD option this time for storage and they only support up to 1GB of RAM but they start at $299 this time. Available colours are black, silver, blue and red and all with engraved designs.