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HP Mini Vivienne Tam Special Edition

What it is: A compact computer styled by fashion designer Vivienne Tam How it works: Like other "netbooks," the Vivienne Tam model is a smaller, lighter version of a laptop that's perfect for using Wi-Fi to jump on the Web to visit YouTube, Facebook or Twitter and get e-mail or hold video chats with the built-in camera. No digging through spreadsheets or editing video on these computers. The good: It's a looker, wrapped in an eye-catching red with a spray of pink and lavender peonies. Even the keys have a red lacquer look, topped with calming gold lettering reminiscent of the font on the Apple iBook. The enter key is topped with a double happiness symbol, ubiquitous in Chinese culture for spreading luck and prosperity. And with 1 gigabyte of memory, two USB ports, a 10-inch LCD and a keyboard that's bigger than some competitors', this special edition is ready to entertain. The Vivienne Tam makes a bold, beautiful statement about who you are. The bad: The gorgeous red finish is easily smudged by fingerprints. Dubbed "the digital clutch," it feels heavier than the stated 2.5 pounds and gets heavier when you add the battery. It's beautiful but costly—the exact opposite of the cheap and functional netbook ethos. The peony design could clash with your clothes. Cost: $600 and up Available from:; -- Eric Gwinn
AP photo by Paul Sakuma
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