Netbooks may not be all that attractive these days, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely pushed out of the picture. In fact, those who actually do more than play Angry Birds on the road can probably appreciate a decent netbook with ultra-fast broadband constantly on tap. And that’s likely the target demographic for the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr, a new netbook you can get with a data plan from Verizon.
With access to Big Red’s 4G LTE network, users can expect download speeds of up to 12Mbps and uploads at 5Mbps, provided you’re roaming within coverage. To put that high-speed internet to good use (by good, we mean other than gobs of streaming pirated content, of course), it comes with access to HP Cloud Drive, where you can dump and retrieve your files for ubiquitous online access.
As with many netbooks, there are no surprises with the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr’s specs. You get a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a 10.1 anti-glare LED screen (1,024 x 600 resolution), a VGA webcam and an SD card reader, among the usual stuff. Just in case you’re scrimping on that expensive broadband, it’s got WiFi too, so you can just leech the next time you’re around an open connection.
We’re not sure what the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr is packing to justify the $449.99 price (I mean, is an extra 4G radio really that expensive?), but you can get it starting August 4. Oh yeah, that price is already on-contract (two years with Verizon).