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HP Mini 110-1115NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 3.75 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter)

The Internet is at the center of modern life keeping you connected and informed through email, IMs, RSS feeds, social networking sites and Search. Keeping up often requires time shifting with companion devices like netbooks. Powered by energy-efficient Intel Atom processors, the HP Mini 110 is optimized for Web access and can handle standard productivity apps – but is light enough to carry everywhere at just 2.33 lbs. Its LED anti-glare display reduces reflection that can distract from the visual experience, especially when used outside. The 92% of full-size keyboard enables much more efficient and comfortable use than texting (or

  • 10.1″ Diagonal WSVGA LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 600);
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (shared) with up to 128MB total available graphics memory
  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor (512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB)
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm), Max supported 2 GB
  • 160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
  • 10.1¿ Diagonal WSVGA LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 600);
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter, *Up to 3.75 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 9 reviews)

List Price: $ 339.99
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HP Mini 110-1115NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 3.75 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) Reviews

Review by M. West:

I am extremely happy with my HP mini in pink, from Amazon. It arrived several days before the expected delivery date and was securely packaged. I’ve owned it less than 24hrs, but so far I am pleased with this mini pc. It is perfect for people who do basic functions like surfing the web, checking email, and chatting. I purchased mine mainly to participate in my online classes, while on the go!

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HP Mini 210-1070NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 9.75 Hours of Battery Life

Prepare to be noticed when you take this Netbook out on the town. Small, slim and stylish, the HP Mini 210 lets you surf the web, stay connected, and be entertained wherever you go. Amp up the fun by playing videos and music or showing off your photos. Exclusive, integrated software keeps you in sync with your life by letting you e-mail, chat, and instantly access your files from anywhere. Take just what you need And leave the rest on your primary PC. At less than one inch thin and starting at just 2.69 pounds, this ultra-compact

  • Intel Atom Processor N450 (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 Cache)
  • 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 DIMM)
  • 250GB (7200RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)(
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter, * Up to 9.75 Hours of Battery Life
  • 10.1¿ Diagonal WSVGA LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 600), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (shared) with up to 256MB Total Available Graphics Memory

List Price: $ 491.00
Price: $ 374.97

HP Mini 210-1010NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 4.25 Hours of Battery Life

Prepare to be noticed when you take this Netbook out on the town. Small, slim and stylish, the HP Mini 210 lets you surf the web, stay connected, and be entertained wherever you go. Amp up the fun by playing videos and music or showing off your photos. Exclusive, integrated software keeps you in sync with your life by letting you e-mail, chat, and instantly access your files from anywhere. Take just what you need And leave the rest on your primary PC. At less than one inch thin and starting at just 2.69 pounds, this ultra-compact

  • Intel Atom Processor N450 (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 Cache)
  • 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 DIMM)
  • 160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter, * Up to 4.25 Hours of Battery Life
  • 10.1¿ Diagonal WSVGA LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 600), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (shared) with up to 256MB Total Available Graphics Memory

Rating: (out of 5 reviews)

List Price: $ 396.00
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HP Mini 210-1010NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 4.25 Hours of Battery Life Reviews

Review by A reader:

PLUSES: Takes 2gb memory module; SD card can be used for ReadyBoost; easy access to memory, PCI-e card slot, and hard drive via “pop off” bottom cover; available slot for PCI-e card (in my case, a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, mail order, but you may want to insert a 3G card etc.); MATTE SCREEN for glare free viewing; more ergonomic keyboard than most in this category; earphone jack is also compatible with “headsets” with combined stereo earphones and mono microphone; no bottom vent slots that are easy to block if set down on a carpet or other soft surface.

MINUSES: Shorter battery life (on this entry level 3 cell battery model); “standard” netbook screen resolution (there is an HP Mini 210 HD version available with a higher than normal resolution screen); “simpler, ” non-multi-gesture touch pad (but it works very well); “speed step” is not implemented, although the N450 Atom chip now supports it (see the Asus 1001p if you want this feature for extended battery life); fan runs a little more to circulate air, there are no bottom slots to pull air through; no stereo microphone slot.

Since these netbooks have a built-in microphone on the screen, and speakers under the keyboard, it’s easy to Skype on them without a headset in “speakerphone” mode.

On the horizon (next 3 months): N470 Atom processors running at 1.83 ghz instead of the N450 in the current models running at 1.66 ghz; but the fact that this one has a PCI-e card for the Broadcom Crystal HD card is probably more important than the upcoming boost in speed (which will also run the battery down more quickly).

INITIAL IMPRESSSIONS:

Prices have come down on the HP Mini 210 series at Amazon to the point where there is no reason to go with another maker (Acer is generally the price leader) unless you are looking for a particular feature (like wireles “n” instead of “g”, a 6 cell battery for the same price etc). As promised by the reviews I read, the HP Mini 210 is slightly better designed (keyboard doesn’t flex, keyboard is more ergonomic) and finished than its competition (I have owned Acer, Gateway, eMachines, and MSI Wind netbooks – no Asus so far).

The HP Mini 210 is also “cleaner” finished – no advertising stickers on the front panel below the keyboard, even the Win7 license sticker and other “bottom of computer” stickers are gone, the Win7 license sticker is inside the case (where it can’t get smudged, a big plus, should you set it down on a gob of jam on your breakfast counter).

I purchased this 3 cell battery model expressly to keep weight down and keep the case smaller (the 6 cell battery version isn’t flush to the case). I got to save as a result, which is an extra bonus. The old HP Mini 110 was rated at 3.75 hours with a 3 cell, with the new chipset in this one, battery life jumps to 4.25 rated hours. Keep in mind reading the NY Times on line with the screen dimmed will give much better battery life than watching transcoded h.264 videos with full screen brightness (in non-geek speak, reading is less taxing than movie watching).

Please note this has a MATTE screen. Not impressive in a showroom, where glossy screens just seem to sparkle, but MUCH better for actually watching video and working, no reflections to reduce image quality. Matte screens are actually rarer than the glossy variety – most Acers are glossy, the Asus 1001p (nearest competitor to this HP Mini 210 “no frills” edition) is matte too.

Manufacturers approach upgrades 3 ways: the Acers generally have little hatches held down by screws and snaps which allow access to the memory module, available PCI-e slot, and hard drive; MSI has no hatches but lots of screws (to remove the entire back panel) and an ominous “warranty voided!” sticker; and this HP seeming has no hatches OR screws.

Fortunately before this arrived I was reading the HP on-line documentation (which is much better than Acer’s and eMachines) and they showed how to pop off the bottom panel to access the memory module, PCI-e slot, and harddrive – it’s pretty easy to do, and I marveled at HP’s design team when I snapped it back together. The PCI-e slot, BTW, is included in most netbooks so you can install a 3G telephone wireless card; some netbooks have two such slots; some have a slot shared with the wireless LAN card; but this HP has a single, uncluttured slot and I used mine for the Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator card. This card is designed to accelerate certain video streams (but not all); it is supposed to work with Windows Media Player if it is decoding H.264 video (the current “standard”); with Hulu and other sites running Flash for video support (but not too well yet, Flash 10.1 has not yet been released and is still buggy); and with some DVD/BluRay software player programs. For mail order from Hong Kong (off eBay) I was willing to give it a try.

This HP accepted a standard netbook memory module upgrade to 2gb without a hitch – no BIOS adjustments required. Check crucial dot com for memory specs; usually, but not always, when Amazon tells you other customers ordered a particular memory module to go with a particular netbook, you will be ok.

The fit and finish, ergonomics, and software welcome windows on the HP are much nicer than on any of the Acer variants (Acer makes Gateway and eMachines too) or the MSI’s I have – even the keyboard is easier to use, although still shrunken. The mini-led’s (really tiny dots) on the wireless function key on the top row of the keyboard, on the power slide switch on the side of the keyboard, and on the other side of the computer to indicate hard drive activity, each looks very classy. Be careful about pressing the top row function keys – unlike other netbooks, where you have to press the Fn activator key next to the space bar to access netbook functions (like wireless on or off, speakers on or off, volume, brightness) on this HP the top row keys default to netbook functions, and you have to use the Fn key next to the space bar to use them as normal F1-F12 function keys – while trying to hit F11 to maximize a browser window, I accidentally turned off my wi-fi.

I would have preferred to have the power switch under the cover, where it can’t accidentally be activated – it is on the right side of the case instead.

The touchpad works well – I don’t have my usual problem accidentally clicking when I meant to slide.

Although Pg Up and Pg Dwn aren’t labeled on the arrow keys, they are actually there, and activated by the Fn key near the space bar. The arrow keys themselves are laid out nicely in inverted “T” style.

Initial set up operations and downloards were quite zippy, felt quicker than on a 1gb Acer ao532h I just returned (but that may have been a function of the limitaton to 1gb on that Acer). Here are the Windows Experience Index numbers for this HP with an SD card inserted in the card reader and set up for ReadyBoost:

Processor, calculations per second: 2.4

Memory operations: 4.6

Graphics, Aero Desktop: 3.1

Gaming Graphics: 3.0

Disk operations: 5.3

Processor power # is the same as on my recent Walmart special eMachines 250 (N270 chipset, same as Aspire ao250 etc.), as are all the other numbers EXCEPT Graphics, Aero – Aero graphics on this new chipset jump from 2.1 to 3.1, a sizeable increase. (This number is not influenced by the Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator card I added, it is the same number I saw on an HP Mini 210 at Costco).

So basically the new chipset, just introduced in December 2009, mainly just saves battery power, with some small performance increases – except for the graphics, which is one generation better than the last GMA 950 processors but not capable of DirectX functions (you have to get a machine with GMA 4500 or an Ion for that). (FWIW the new N450 chips also run Win7 64 bit, and have Speed Step instructions for changing the clock speed to save power on netbooks that have software support built-in).

I don’t intend to load a lot of programs on this netbook, so the 160 gb hard drive is fine for me. Part of that space is used by HP for a restore partition (in lieu of providing restore disks), and that restore partition, which mostly goes to waste, is thankfully smaller than usual.

If you intend to haul around a lot of converted video or lossless music (FLAC or Apples loss-less) or photos, you should definitely pop the extra for the 250gb harddrive editions. My personal strategy is to use an external USB hard drive to hold my “library” and just download to the netbook as needed, so I am not as sensitive as some to hard drive sizes, and can remember then an 80gb hard drive in a laptop was “big.”

Finally, there is one very nice “feature” on this netbook that the others I have seen don’t have – it doesn’t have any vent slots on the bottom. It is engineered to vent solely through the side vent. This means you can actually set it on your lap or a soft surface without blocking any vents and overheating the unit. With our other netbooks and laptops we are scrupulous about placing them on a laptop board or cutting board, to keep access to the air vents open, but on this one we don’t have to worry about that. I’m good about keeping air vents open, but if you have kids who are going to set a netbook down on a plush carpet or on the bed, the HP Mini 210 is a better choice – they only have to keep the one set of side vents free and clear. Conversely, with no bottom vents, the bottom tends to get hot, but this does not bother me.

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HP Mini 110-1030NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 6.75 Hours of Battery Life

TRAVEL LIGHT, STAY CONNECTED: Whether computing within your home, around town and campus, or across the country, the ultra-portable HP Mini 110 can keep you connected with built-in Wi-Fi. It has the performance you need to surf the web and use your standard productivity software apps — but is light enough to carry everywhere at just 2.57 lbs. It syncs files, photos and videos easily with your primary notebook or desktop PC whenever connected to the same network with the integrated SyncablesTM app. After initial SyncablesTM setup, the file updates will occur in the background for a truly

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm) (1 GB Maximum)
  • 160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
  • 10.1″ Diagonal SD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024×576), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Genuine Windows XP Home (SP3), *Up to 6.75 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 66 reviews)

List Price: $ 452.00
Price: $ 390.00

HP Mini 110-1030NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 6.75 Hours of Battery Life Reviews

Review by Gadget Girl:

I wanted to get one of these before I left for school since its so portable. I visited Fry’s to look it over (0 plus tax there) and see if I liked it, which I did. I was about to order through Amazon, but I became worried when I noticed that it wasn’t shipping from Amazon, but a different company since I’m leaving next week and I was afraid that it wouldnt reach me in time. So I called the company, and got excellent customer service from their sales line. His name is Abe and his extension number is x260. I told him my situation and how much it would be for two day air shipping. It turned out to be less than on Amazon! He told me that it took a whole day for it to be processed, and that I would get it on Monday (I called it in Wednsday). But he said that he would see what he could do. I get an email an hour later saying that my computer has been shipped! I got it Friday, four days earlier than I thought it would be. I highly suggest ordering from them, they are very nice and professional and I would definitely order from them again!

Now on to the netbook. Brilliant is all I can say. The keyboard is great, only 8% smaller than on a regular laptop, making it incredibly easy to type. The mousepad has a little friction and the side click bars only take a few times to get used to. The weight is so light and not awkward. The adapter gets very very hot though after an hours use, I wasnt able to touch it and had to hold it away from my body as I walked. But since the 6 cell battery tilts the computer itself up, the heat from the bottom doesnt get very hot since air is circulating.

Lastly, I followed some advice online and got rid of the bloatware (the crap that HP puts on there that you really don’t need) by downloading the very safe and effective PC Decrapifier ([...]). It opened up about 2GB of my harddrive. You can also go into your /C: hard drive into Program Files and delete unwanted software through there since some software isn’t listed on the ‘Add or Remove Programs” (very very tricky, HP).

The other advice was to update the 1GB RAM to 2GB. Look for DDR2 2GB PC5300 Notebook Memory. It’s really easy to install, you just need a number 0 phillips scredriver to unscrew that small panel right underneath your mousepad on the bottom of the notebook. Once you remove that panel, look for two small (very small, you might need a magnifier and light) black levers on the right and left side of the RAM. At the same time, press those levers away from the RAM and it will just pop out. Slide in the 2GB (very easy) and press down until you hear a locking sound. Screw the panel back on and your done. This increases your netbooks capacity, meaning you can multi-task like on a larger laptop and you don’t get any video lag.

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HP Mini 311-1000NR 11.6-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life

The Internet is at the center of modern life keeping you connected and informed through email, IMs, RSS feeds, social networking sites and Search. Keeping up often requires time shifting with companion devices like netbooks. Powered by energy-efficient Intel Atom processors, the HP Mini 311 is optimized for Web access and can handle standard productivity apps – but is light enough to carry everywhere at just 3.22 lbs. Its 16:9 11.6-Inch diagonal HD LED BrightView display makes viewing HD content and two documents side by side possible. The 92% of full-size keyboard enables much more efficient and comfortable use than

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor (512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB)
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm), Max supported 2 GB
  • 160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
  • 11.6” Diagonal HD LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1366 x 768) NVIDIA ION LE for Windows XP with up to 319MB total graphics memory
  • Genuine Windows XP Home (SP3), *Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 27 reviews)

List Price: $ 449.99
Price: $ 380.00

HP Mini 311-1000NR 11.6-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life Reviews

Review by Ben Myers:

I am lucky enough to work in an IT department that has a few netbooks floating around, so I have had a little time to mess with several netbooks offered by Asus, HP, Dell, and Acer. The majority of netbooks offered by these companies come similarly configured, although with a smaller 10″ screen and without the Nvidia ion video. This netbook performs op par with others that I’ve tested, with several notable exceptions.

First off, it’s video and 3D performance are way ahead of other netbooks I’ve used, as well as some standard laptops that I’ve used which have integrated Intel graphics chips. To test its video capabilities, I grabbed a couple of video files I had stored including a SD, 720p, and 1080p video. All three played without any stuttering or dropped frames, both on the laptop and when connected to my 1080p TV over HDMI. The 1080p video took several seconds to start (probably 15-20), but once it fired up, no problems at all. I also tested both SD and HD videos streaming from Netflix and had the same results, no dropped frames or stuttering. On a standard netbook (non-ion), HD video is unplayable, and SD fullscreen videos have quite a few dropped frames. However, the HP 311 still struggles with HD flash video, but I’ve heard there is a new version of flash in the works which will make use of discrete video processors which should be out in the next month or two, and should address this issue.

To test the 3D video performance, I tried a couple of games that I’ve played on and off over the years. I’m sure there are a few WOW players out there who are wondering if WOW is actually playable on this machine. The answer is yes. I am not a player myself but have dabbled with WOW in the past, and am familiar enough with the game to know what frame rates would be playable or not. I installed the WOW free trial and messed around in starting areas and entered a major city. The frame rate did dip a bit once I entered the city, but never dropped below playable levels. Might not be the ideal choice for major raiding, but good enough for getting your WOW fix on the go. You will notice that session changes take a bit longer due to the low voltage Atom processor, but this also occurs at speeds that I would consider acceptable.

I also tested a game which I do play frequently, Eve Online. Again session changes took a bit longer than what I’m used to, but the frame rate in busy systems stayed pretty steady and always what I would consider quite playable.

I’m not going to go super deep into features like the keyboard and screen, they’re about what you would expect on a netbook, I can type well on the keyboard but find myself slowing down slightly due to it’s smaller size. The 11.6″ screen is clear (although it is reflective, keep this in mind if you plan to be using it in sunlight), and quite a bit more usable than the 10″ screens of slightly smaller netbooks in my opinion. The touchpad is definitely not the best I’ve used, sometimes taking several tries for it to recognize taps. I will mess with the sensitivity settings and see if I can iron this issue out.

My one true gripe about this netbook is it’s lack of RAM. I reviewed it as it came, running 1 GB. I took me about an hour of use to go back on Amazon and order another 2GB. It’s usable, but there are quite a few pauses when running several programs at once. Increasing the RAM should help this out quite a bit, and the session changes in games that I mentioned earlier should take place quite a bit quicker once you add RAM.

All in all, I like this netbook a lot, it meets my requirements and I am happy with the purchase. It is the best netbook I have used thus far, and look forward to when my RAM arrives, which should make the machine about perfect.

Note about upgrading the RAM: this machine will take a 1 or 2 GB chip, PC3-8500 DDR3-1066. It uses the 204 pin DDR3 rather than the 200 pin DDR2 RAM that most netbooks use. The 1 GB that this netbook comes with is not removable, and it has 1 free upgrade slot.

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HP Mini 110-1020NR 10.1-Inch Netbook – Up to 3.5 Hours of Battery Life

TRAVEL LIGHT, STAY CONNECTED: Whether computing within your home, around town and campus, or across the country, the ultra-portable HP Mini 110 can keep you connected with built-in Wi-Fi. It has the performance you need to surf the web and use your standard productivity software apps — but is light enough to carry everywhere at just 2.57 lbs. It syncs files, photos and videos easily with your primary notebook or desktop PC whenever connected to the same network with the integrated SyncablesTM app. After initial SyncablesTM setup, the file updates will occur in the background for a truly

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm) (1 GB Maximum)
  • 160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
  • 10.1″ Diagonal SD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024×576), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Genuine Windows XP Home (SP3), *Up to 3.5 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 13 reviews)

List Price: $ 426.00
Price: $ 392.00

HP Mini 110-1020NR 10.1-Inch Netbook – Up to 3.5 Hours of Battery Life Reviews

Review by Casey L. Russell:

I bought the HP Mini 110 over the weekend and have been pleased with the performance, given its small size, and portability. The screen is crisp, clear and text is easy to read. Streaming video is good, but there were a few instances of the video skipping as well as stalling, but again this is a netbook and not a desktop or top end laptop computer. I have two complaints about this product. First, it loaded with a ton of bloatwear that you’ll never use or need. It took me over 2.5 hours to remove the bloatware and update the OS. The second complaint is the computer tends to run hot and loud when used for extended periods of time. Overall, the HP Mini 110 is a good netbook at a good price. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you decide to purchase.

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HP Mini 210-1055NR 10.1-Inch Silver Netbook – 9.75 Hours of Battery Life

Prepare to be noticed when you take this Netbook out on the town. Small, slim and stylish, the HP Mini 210 lets you surf the web, stay connected, and be entertained wherever you go. Amp up the fun by playing videos and music or showing off your photos. Exclusive, integrated software keeps you in sync with your life by letting you e-mail, chat, and instantly access your files from anywhere. Take just what you need And leave the rest on your primary PC. At less than one inch thin and starting at just 2.69 pounds, this ultra-compact

  • Intel Atom Processor N450 (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 Cache)
  • 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 DIMM)
  • 160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter, * Up to 9.75 Hours of Battery Life
  • 10.1¿ Diagonal WSVGA LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 600), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (shared) with up to 256MB Total Available Graphics Memory

Rating: (out of 5 reviews)

List Price: $ 452.00
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HP Mini 210-1055NR 10.1-Inch Silver Netbook – 9.75 Hours of Battery Life Reviews

Review by A reader:

PLUSES: Takes 2gb memory module; SD card can be used for ReadyBoost; easy access to memory, PCI-e card slot, and hard drive via “pop off” bottom cover; available slot for PCI-e card (in my case, a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, mail order, but you may want to insert a 3G card etc.); MATTE SCREEN for glare free viewing; more ergonomic keyboard than most in this category; earphone jack is also compatible with “headsets” with combined stereo earphones and mono microphone; no bottom vent slots that are easy to block if set down on a carpet or other soft surface.

MINUSES: Shorter battery life (on this entry level 3 cell battery model); “standard” netbook screen resolution (there is an HP Mini 210 HD version available with a higher than normal resolution screen); “simpler, ” non-multi-gesture touch pad (but it works very well); “speed step” is not implemented, although the N450 Atom chip now supports it (see the Asus 1001p if you want this feature for extended battery life); fan runs a little more to circulate air, there are no bottom slots to pull air through; no stereo microphone slot.

Since these netbooks have a built-in microphone on the screen, and speakers under the keyboard, it’s easy to Skype on them without a headset in “speakerphone” mode.

On the horizon (next 3 months): N470 Atom processors running at 1.83 ghz instead of the N450 in the current models running at 1.66 ghz; but the fact that this one has a PCI-e card for the Broadcom Crystal HD card is probably more important than the upcoming boost in speed (which will also run the battery down more quickly).

INITIAL IMPRESSSIONS:

Prices have come down on the HP Mini 210 series at Amazon to the point where there is no reason to go with another maker (Acer is generally the price leader) unless you are looking for a particular feature (like wireles “n” instead of “g”, a 6 cell battery for the same price etc). As promised by the reviews I read, the HP Mini 210 is slightly better designed (keyboard doesn’t flex, keyboard is more ergonomic) and finished than its competition (I have owned Acer, Gateway, eMachines, and MSI Wind netbooks – no Asus so far).

The HP Mini 210 is also “cleaner” finished – no advertising stickers on the front panel below the keyboard, even the Win7 license sticker and other “bottom of computer” stickers are gone, the Win7 license sticker is inside the case (where it can’t get smudged, a big plus, should you set it down on a gob of jam on your breakfast counter).

I purchased this 3 cell battery model expressly to keep weight down and keep the case smaller (the 6 cell battery version isn’t flush to the case). I got to save as a result, which is an extra bonus. The old HP Mini 110 was rated at 3.75 hours with a 3 cell, with the new chipset in this one, battery life jumps to 4.25 rated hours. Keep in mind reading the NY Times on line with the screen dimmed will give much better battery life than watching transcoded h.264 videos with full screen brightness (in non-geek speak, reading is less taxing than movie watching).

Please note this has a MATTE screen. Not impressive in a showroom, where glossy screens just seem to sparkle, but MUCH better for actually watching video and working, no reflections to reduce image quality. Matte screens are actually rarer than the glossy variety – most Acers are glossy, the Asus 1001p (nearest competitor to this HP Mini 210 “no frills” edition) is matte too.

Manufacturers approach upgrades 3 ways: the Acers generally have little hatches held down by screws and snaps which allow access to the memory module, available PCI-e slot, and hard drive; MSI has no hatches but lots of screws (to remove the entire back panel) and an ominous “warranty voided!” sticker; and this HP seeming has no hatches OR screws.

Fortunately before this arrived I was reading the HP on-line documentation (which is much better than Acer’s and eMachines) and they showed how to pop off the bottom panel to access the memory module, PCI-e slot, and harddrive – it’s pretty easy to do, and I marveled at HP’s design team when I snapped it back together. The PCI-e slot, BTW, is included in most netbooks so you can install a 3G telephone wireless card; some netbooks have two such slots; some have a slot shared with the wireless LAN card; but this HP has a single, uncluttured slot and I used mine for the Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator card. This card is designed to accelerate certain video streams (but not all); it is supposed to work with Windows Media Player if it is decoding H.264 video (the current “standard”); with Hulu and other sites running Flash for video support (but not too well yet, Flash 10.1 has not yet been released and is still buggy); and with some DVD/BluRay software player programs. For mail order from Hong Kong (off eBay) I was willing to give it a try.

This HP accepted a standard netbook memory module upgrade to 2gb without a hitch – no BIOS adjustments required. Check crucial dot com for memory specs; usually, but not always, when Amazon tells you other customers ordered a particular memory module to go with a particular netbook, you will be ok.

The fit and finish, ergonomics, and software welcome windows on the HP are much nicer than on any of the Acer variants (Acer makes Gateway and eMachines too) or the MSI’s I have – even the keyboard is easier to use, although still shrunken. The mini-led’s (really tiny dots) on the wireless function key on the top row of the keyboard, on the power slide switch on the side of the keyboard, and on the other side of the computer to indicate hard drive activity, each looks very classy. Be careful about pressing the top row function keys – unlike other netbooks, where you have to press the Fn activator key next to the space bar to access netbook functions (like wireless on or off, speakers on or off, volume, brightness) on this HP the top row keys default to netbook functions, and you have to use the Fn key next to the space bar to use them as normal F1-F12 function keys – while trying to hit F11 to maximize a browser window, I accidentally turned off my wi-fi.

I would have preferred to have the power switch under the cover, where it can’t accidentally be activated – it is on the right side of the case instead.

The touchpad works well – I don’t have my usual problem accidentally clicking when I meant to slide.

Although Pg Up and Pg Dwn aren’t labeled on the arrow keys, they are actually there, and activated by the Fn key near the space bar. The arrow keys themselves are laid out nicely in inverted “T” style.

Initial set up operations and downloards were quite zippy, felt quicker than on a 1gb Acer ao532h I just returned (but that may have been a function of the limitaton to 1gb on that Acer). Here are the Windows Experience Index numbers for this HP with an SD card inserted in the card reader and set up for ReadyBoost:

Processor, calculations per second: 2.4

Memory operations: 4.6

Graphics, Aero Desktop: 3.1

Gaming Graphics: 3.0

Disk operations: 5.3

Processor power # is the same as on my recent Walmart special eMachines 250 (N270 chipset, same as Aspire ao250 etc.), as are all the other numbers EXCEPT Graphics, Aero – Aero graphics on this new chipset jump from 2.1 to 3.1, a sizeable increase. (This number is not influenced by the Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator card I added, it is the same number I saw on an HP Mini 210 at Costco).

So basically the new chipset, just introduced in December 2009, mainly just saves battery power, with some small performance increases – except for the graphics, which is one generation better than the last GMA 950 processors but not capable of DirectX functions (you have to get a machine with GMA 4500 or an Ion for that). (FWIW the new N450 chips also run Win7 64 bit, and have Speed Step instructions for changing the clock speed to save power on netbooks that have software support built-in).

I don’t intend to load a lot of programs on this netbook, so the 160 gb hard drive is fine for me. Part of that space is used by HP for a restore partition (in lieu of providing restore disks), and that restore partition, which mostly goes to waste, is thankfully smaller than usual.

If you intend to haul around a lot of converted video or lossless music (FLAC or Apples loss-less) or photos, you should definitely pop the extra for the 250gb harddrive editions. My personal strategy is to use an external USB hard drive to hold my “library” and just download to the netbook as needed, so I am not as sensitive as some to hard drive sizes, and can remember then an 80gb hard drive in a laptop was “big.”

Finally, there is one very nice “feature” on this netbook that the others I have seen don’t have – it doesn’t have any vent slots on the bottom. It is engineered to vent solely through the side vent. This means you can actually set it on your lap or a soft surface without blocking any vents and overheating the unit. With our other netbooks and laptops we are scrupulous about placing them on a laptop board or cutting board, to keep access to the air vents open, but on this one we don’t have to worry about that. I’m good about keeping air vents open, but if you have kids who are going to set a netbook down on a plush carpet or on the bed, the HP Mini 210 is a better choice – they only have to keep the one set of side vents free and clear. Conversely, with no bottom vents, the bottom tends to get hot, but this does not bother me.

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HP Mini 210-1030NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 9.75 Hours of Battery Life

Prepare to be noticed when you take this Netbook out on the town. Small, slim and stylish, the HP Mini 210 lets you surf the web, stay connected, and be entertained wherever you go. Amp up the fun by playing videos and music or showing off your photos. Exclusive, integrated software keeps you in sync with your life by letting you e-mail, chat, and instantly access your files from anywhere. Take just what you need And leave the rest on your primary PC. At less than one inch thin and starting at just 2.69 pounds, this ultra-compact

  • Intel Atom Processor N450 (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 Cache)
  • 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 DIMM)
  • 160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter, * Up to 9.75 Hours of Battery Life
  • 10.1¿ Diagonal WSVGA LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 600), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (shared) with up to 256MB Total Available Graphics Memory

Rating: (out of 5 reviews)

List Price: $ 426.00
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HP Mini 210-1030NR 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 9.75 Hours of Battery Life Reviews

Review by A reader:

PLUSES: Takes 2gb memory module; SD card can be used for ReadyBoost; easy access to memory, PCI-e card slot, and hard drive via “pop off” bottom cover; available slot for PCI-e card (in my case, a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, mail order, but you may want to insert a 3G card etc.); MATTE SCREEN for glare free viewing; more ergonomic keyboard than most in this category; earphone jack is also compatible with “headsets” with combined stereo earphones and mono microphone; no bottom vent slots that are easy to block if set down on a carpet or other soft surface.

MINUSES: Shorter battery life (on this entry level 3 cell battery model); “standard” netbook screen resolution (there is an HP Mini 210 HD version available with a higher than normal resolution screen); “simpler, ” non-multi-gesture touch pad (but it works very well); “speed step” is not implemented, although the N450 Atom chip now supports it (see the Asus 1001p if you want this feature for extended battery life); fan runs a little more to circulate air, there are no bottom slots to pull air through; no stereo microphone slot.

Since these netbooks have a built-in microphone on the screen, and speakers under the keyboard, it’s easy to Skype on them without a headset in “speakerphone” mode.

On the horizon (next 3 months): N470 Atom processors running at 1.83 ghz instead of the N450 in the current models running at 1.66 ghz; but the fact that this one has a PCI-e card for the Broadcom Crystal HD card is probably more important than the upcoming boost in speed (which will also run the battery down more quickly).

INITIAL IMPRESSSIONS:

Prices have come down on the HP Mini 210 series at Amazon to the point where there is no reason to go with another maker (Acer is generally the price leader) unless you are looking for a particular feature (like wireles “n” instead of “g”, a 6 cell battery for the same price etc). As promised by the reviews I read, the HP Mini 210 is slightly better designed (keyboard doesn’t flex, keyboard is more ergonomic) and finished than its competition (I have owned Acer, Gateway, eMachines, and MSI Wind netbooks – no Asus so far).

The HP Mini 210 is also “cleaner” finished – no advertising stickers on the front panel below the keyboard, even the Win7 license sticker and other “bottom of computer” stickers are gone, the Win7 license sticker is inside the case (where it can’t get smudged, a big plus, should you set it down on a gob of jam on your breakfast counter).

I purchased this 3 cell battery model expressly to keep weight down and keep the case smaller (the 6 cell battery version isn’t flush to the case). I got to save as a result, which is an extra bonus. The old HP Mini 110 was rated at 3.75 hours with a 3 cell, with the new chipset in this one, battery life jumps to 4.25 rated hours. Keep in mind reading the NY Times on line with the screen dimmed will give much better battery life than watching transcoded h.264 videos with full screen brightness (in non-geek speak, reading is less taxing than movie watching).

Please note this has a MATTE screen. Not impressive in a showroom, where glossy screens just seem to sparkle, but MUCH better for actually watching video and working, no reflections to reduce image quality. Matte screens are actually rarer than the glossy variety – most Acers are glossy, the Asus 1001p (nearest competitor to this HP Mini 210 “no frills” edition) is matte too.

Manufacturers approach upgrades 3 ways: the Acers generally have little hatches held down by screws and snaps which allow access to the memory module, available PCI-e slot, and hard drive; MSI has no hatches but lots of screws (to remove the entire back panel) and an ominous “warranty voided!” sticker; and this HP seeming has no hatches OR screws.

Fortunately before this arrived I was reading the HP on-line documentation (which is much better than Acer’s and eMachines) and they showed how to pop off the bottom panel to access the memory module, PCI-e slot, and harddrive – it’s pretty easy to do, and I marveled at HP’s design team when I snapped it back together. The PCI-e slot, BTW, is included in most netbooks so you can install a 3G telephone wireless card; some netbooks have two such slots; some have a slot shared with the wireless LAN card; but this HP has a single, uncluttured slot and I used mine for the Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator card. This card is designed to accelerate certain video streams (but not all); it is supposed to work with Windows Media Player if it is decoding H.264 video (the current “standard”); with Hulu and other sites running Flash for video support (but not too well yet, Flash 10.1 has not yet been released and is still buggy); and with some DVD/BluRay software player programs. For mail order from Hong Kong (off eBay) I was willing to give it a try.

This HP accepted a standard netbook memory module upgrade to 2gb without a hitch – no BIOS adjustments required. Check crucial dot com for memory specs; usually, but not always, when Amazon tells you other customers ordered a particular memory module to go with a particular netbook, you will be ok.

The fit and finish, ergonomics, and software welcome windows on the HP are much nicer than on any of the Acer variants (Acer makes Gateway and eMachines too) or the MSI’s I have – even the keyboard is easier to use, although still shrunken. The mini-led’s (really tiny dots) on the wireless function key on the top row of the keyboard, on the power slide switch on the side of the keyboard, and on the other side of the computer to indicate hard drive activity, each looks very classy. Be careful about pressing the top row function keys – unlike other netbooks, where you have to press the Fn activator key next to the space bar to access netbook functions (like wireless on or off, speakers on or off, volume, brightness) on this HP the top row keys default to netbook functions, and you have to use the Fn key next to the space bar to use them as normal F1-F12 function keys – while trying to hit F11 to maximize a browser window, I accidentally turned off my wi-fi.

I would have preferred to have the power switch under the cover, where it can’t accidentally be activated – it is on the right side of the case instead.

The touchpad works well – I don’t have my usual problem accidentally clicking when I meant to slide.

Although Pg Up and Pg Dwn aren’t labeled on the arrow keys, they are actually there, and activated by the Fn key near the space bar. The arrow keys themselves are laid out nicely in inverted “T” style.

Initial set up operations and downloards were quite zippy, felt quicker than on a 1gb Acer ao532h I just returned (but that may have been a function of the limitaton to 1gb on that Acer). Here are the Windows Experience Index numbers for this HP with an SD card inserted in the card reader and set up for ReadyBoost:

Processor, calculations per second: 2.4

Memory operations: 4.6

Graphics, Aero Desktop: 3.1

Gaming Graphics: 3.0

Disk operations: 5.3

Processor power # is the same as on my recent Walmart special eMachines 250 (N270 chipset, same as Aspire ao250 etc.), as are all the other numbers EXCEPT Graphics, Aero – Aero graphics on this new chipset jump from 2.1 to 3.1, a sizeable increase. (This number is not influenced by the Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator card I added, it is the same number I saw on an HP Mini 210 at Costco).

So basically the new chipset, just introduced in December 2009, mainly just saves battery power, with some small performance increases – except for the graphics, which is one generation better than the last GMA 950 processors but not capable of DirectX functions (you have to get a machine with GMA 4500 or an Ion for that). (FWIW the new N450 chips also run Win7 64 bit, and have Speed Step instructions for changing the clock speed to save power on netbooks that have software support built-in).

I don’t intend to load a lot of programs on this netbook, so the 160 gb hard drive is fine for me. Part of that space is used by HP for a restore partition (in lieu of providing restore disks), and that restore partition, which mostly goes to waste, is thankfully smaller than usual.

If you intend to haul around a lot of converted video or lossless music (FLAC or Apples loss-less) or photos, you should definitely pop the extra for the 250gb harddrive editions. My personal strategy is to use an external USB hard drive to hold my “library” and just download to the netbook as needed, so I am not as sensitive as some to hard drive sizes, and can remember then an 80gb hard drive in a laptop was “big.”

Finally, there is one very nice “feature” on this netbook that the others I have seen don’t have – it doesn’t have any vent slots on the bottom. It is engineered to vent solely through the side vent. This means you can actually set it on your lap or a soft surface without blocking any vents and overheating the unit. With our other netbooks and laptops we are scrupulous about placing them on a laptop board or cutting board, to keep access to the air vents open, but on this one we don’t have to worry about that. I’m good about keeping air vents open, but if you have kids who are going to set a netbook down on a plush carpet or on the bed, the HP Mini 210 is a better choice – they only have to keep the one set of side vents free and clear. Conversely, with no bottom vents, the bottom tends to get hot, but this does not bother me.

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HP Mini 110-1050NR 10.1-Inch Netbook

TRAVEL LIGHT, STAY CONNECTED: Whether computing within your home, around town and campus, or across the country, the ultra-portable HP Mini 110 can keep you connected with built-in Wi-Fi. It has the performance you need to surf the web and use your standard productivity software apps — but is light enough to carry everywhere at just 2.57 lbs. It syncs files, photos and videos easily with your primary notebook or desktop PC whenever connected to the same network with the integrated SyncablesTM app. After initial SyncablesTM setup, the file updates will occur in the background for a truly

  • Intel Atom Processor N270, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm) (1 GB Maximum)
  • 160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
  • Genuine Windows XP home edition, 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
  • 10.1 inch Diagonal SD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024×576)

Rating: (out of 10 reviews)

List Price: $ 575.00
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HP Mini 110-1050NR 10.1-Inch Netbook Reviews

Review by kimi mac:

Don’t let the previous review scare you. Yes, the battery protrudes, but it provides a convenient support for the keyboard. I always use the “feet” on my keyboard to give me a more favorable typing angle, and that’s exactly what the placement of the battery does. As for the battery being “heavy”, this is a light-weight (

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HP Mini 311-1025NR 11.6-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

The Internet is at the center of modern life keeping you connected and informed through email, IMs, RSS feeds, social networking sites and Search. Keeping up often requires time shifting with companion devices like netbooks. Powered by energy-efficient Intel Atom processors, the HP Mini 311 is optimized for Web access and can handle standard productivity apps – but is light enough to carry everywhere at just 3.22 lbs. Its 16:9 11.6-Inch diagonal HD LED BrightView display makes viewing HD content and two documents side by side possible. The 92 percentage of full-size keyboard enables much more efficient and comfortable use

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor (512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB)
  • 2 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm), Max supported: 3 GB
  • 250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
  • 11.6″ Diagonal HD LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1366 x 768), NVIDIA ION LE for Windows 7 with up to 895MB total graphics memory
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 10 reviews)

List Price: $ 646.00
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HP Mini 311-1025NR 11.6-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Reviews

Review by Game Fan:

I bought this netbook off of hp.com, not off Amazon, just to be clear. I’m reviewing this model as it contains windows 7, not XP. My specs are as follows:

* Black Swirl

* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

* Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N280 (1.66GHz, 512KB L2, 667Mhz FSB)

* 2GB DDR3 System Memory (1 Dimm)

* 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive

* NVIDIA ION with a 5-in-1 Digital Media slot (For the N280 processor)

* 11.6″ diagonal HD LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1366 x 768)

* HP Mini Webcam

* Wireless-G Card

* HP Color Matching Keyboard

* 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

* External LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double Layer

* Microsoft(R) Works 9.0

* HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

Price: 9.98

Tax: .52

Shipping: .00

GRAND TOTAL: 1.50

1st impressions….quite impressed. Size is very convenient, I find the keyboard comfortable. The trackpad is way too sensitive and I had to disable tap functions just to use it.

I think these 11.6″ screens are really the sweet spot for screen resolution, I find it very comfortable for viewing and light work. I don’t like dim screens in battery mode, so my battery life is about 4 hours.

It’s definitely not as fast as my Core 2 duo, but hey…its a netbook. I’m using a logitech nano wireless mouse which works great other than it prevents the computer from re-booting or starting if left plugged in during re-start. I still have to iron that out.

The external DVD drive works well, although it adds weight to the package. If going to the office, I will probably leave it at home.

This is my first time using windows 7 and its definitely much more friendly than vista, with limited pop ups. I haven’t tried out any HD quality movies yet, but regular AVI’s look pretty smooth.

I’m definitely looking forward to the new version of flash, and I intend to try out Warcraft III on here one of these days. Still a work in progress. All in all, very fun to use, uber convenient, light, excellent screen resolution for a netbook, and a good deal of power for its class. I’ll see if I can post product pics of my own netbook.

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HP Mini 210-1090NR 10.1-Inch Red Netbook – 9.75 Hours of Battery Life

Prepare to be noticed when you take this Netbook out on the town. Small, slim and stylish, the HP Mini 210 lets you surf the web, stay connected, and be entertained wherever you go. Amp up the fun by playing videos and music or showing off your photos. Exclusive, integrated software keeps you in sync with your life by letting you e-mail, chat, and instantly access your files from anywhere. Take just what you need And leave the rest on your primary PC. At less than one inch thin and starting at just 2.69 pounds, this ultra-compact

  • Intel Atom Processor N450 (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 Cache)
  • 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 DIMM)
  • 250GB (7200RPM) Hard Drive (SATA
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter, * Up to 9.75 Hours of Battery Life
  • 10.1¿ Diagonal WSVGA LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 600), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (shared) with up to 256MB Total Available Graphics Memory

List Price: $ 491.00
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HP Mini 110-1112NR 10.1-Inch White Netbook – Up to 3.75 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter)

The Internet is at the center of modern life keeping you connected and informed through email, IMs, RSS feeds, social networking sites and Search. Keeping up often requires time shifting with companion devices like netbooks. Powered by energy-efficient Intel Atom processors, the HP Mini 110 is optimized for Web access and can handle standard productivity apps – but is light enough to carry everywhere at just 2.33 lbs. Its LED anti-glare display reduces reflection that can distract from the visual experience, especially when used outside. The 92% of full-size keyboard enables much more efficient and comfortable use than texting (or

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor (512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB)
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm), Max supported 2 GB
  • 160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
  • 10.1¿ Diagonal WSVGA LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 600); Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (shared) with up to 128MB total available graphics memory
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter, *Up to 3.75 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 9 reviews)

List Price: $ 349.99
Price:

HP Mini 110-1112NR 10.1-Inch White Netbook – Up to 3.75 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) Reviews

Review by M. West:

I am extremely happy with my HP mini in pink, from Amazon. It arrived several days before the expected delivery date and was securely packaged. I’ve owned it less than 24hrs, but so far I am pleased with this mini pc. It is perfect for people who do basic functions like surfing the web, checking email, and chatting. I purchased mine mainly to participate in my online classes, while on the go!

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HP 2140 Mini-Note – Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz – RAM 1 GB – HDD 160 GB – GMA 950 – Gigabit Ethernet – WLAN : Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) – Win XP Home – 10.1″ Widescreen TFT 1024 x 576 – camera – Smart Buy – Microsoft Office Ready

Small wonder, big possibilities, the ideal companion PC for the highly mobile professional, this fully functional HP Mini comes with all the features to keep you ultra-productive while staying ultra-mobile.The HP Mini 2140 is designed to go where you go without weighing you down. Don’t be fooled by its size; this small wonder keeps you ultra-productive.

  • 1GB 160GB 10.1IN XPH 3 CELL

Rating: (out of 8 reviews)

List Price: $ 449.00
Price: $ 349.99

HP 2140 Mini-Note – Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz – RAM 1 GB – HDD 160 GB – GMA 950 – Gigabit Ethernet – WLAN : Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) – Win XP Home – 10.1″ Widescreen TFT 1024 x 576 – camera – Smart Buy – Microsoft Office Ready Reviews

Review by Scott Fisher:

Most current netbooks have a lot of similarities–with the same processor (Atom N270), similar size hard drives (most new with 160 GB) and similar LCD panel resolutions. The HP Mini-Note 2140 is no exception to most of these base tech specs except for the LCD panel resolution of 1024×576 (instead of 1024×600 like most others in the 10″ range).

So why is this 2140 my current marginal favorite in comparison, after trying out friends’ and those available in stores?

- Unlike most manufacturers, HP really got the keyboard right. The shift keys and enter key are large and where you expect them to be. Unlike other manufacturers, things are in place for productive touch typing and the 92%-size of standard laptop keyboard is pretty easy to adjust to.

- The exterior casing is made of solid-feeling aluminum instead of plastic. The netbook feels more durable and looks beautiful in comparison to most netbooks which can look a bit cheap in my opinion. The aluminum adds a few ounces to the weight, but mine is still under 3 pounds with the 6 cell battery.

- The netbook has a good selection of ports and connectors on the outside. It comes with an ExpressCard/54 slot which no other netbook currently does as far as I’m aware. Most of the other connectors are similar to other netbooks. It also has 2 USB ports, an analog (vga) monitor out jack (see below for my complaints about it), an SD card slot and separate mic and audio out jacks.

You would think I would be raving about this netbook, but I ran into some problems with my computer that make it less usable.

I am unable to get any resolution above 1024×768 on any of the three external monitors I’ve tried it on. Two of the monitors are 1280×1024 resolution and one is 1440×900. This is even with ONLY the external monitor enabled. At the same time, my 4 year old notebook and my desktop detect and make correct resolutions available for the 1280×1024 monitors (my other monitor is a slightly odd resolution). Updating drivers seems to make no difference (the one from HPs site or the Intel drivers). The monitor will not detect correctly and free software (Monitor Asset Manager) that bypasses the windows registry to query the plug’n'play monitor properties directly cannot detect the external monitors correctly on this piece of hardware (works fine on both my other computers).

It seems other people are not having the same kinds of problems that I am encountering, so I was either the lucky recipient of a computer with some highly ingrained software or hardware problems, or it has difficulty playing nice with some monitors that have pretty standard resolutions.

Unfortunately, HP support is somewhere between awful and abysmal and has not chosen to make any reply to my support request email aside from an automatic confirmation they received it (and it has been over two weeks).

A more minor quibble is that the built-in LCD panel resolution is only 1024×576 instead of 1024×600 like most other netbooks. Though it’s only a 24-line difference, on this small of a screen every pixel counts more than on a larger monitor. At least the resolution is properly advertised so you know what you’re getting.

The touchpad also has it’s buttons on the side, which some people dislike but didn’t bother me.

It’s overall a good netbook. If HP would fix my external monitor issues, I’d probably think it was the best one currently available. As it stands, it’s a good, but mine is flawed and my experience with HP’s support has been very poor so far.

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HP Mini 110-1126NR 10.1-Inch White Netbook – Up to 8 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter)

The Internet is at the center of modern life keeping you connected and informed through email, IMs, RSS feeds, social networking sites and Search. Keeping up often requires time shifting with companion devices like netbooks. Powered by energy-efficient Intel Atom processors, the HP Mini 110 is optimized for Web access and can handle standard productivity apps – but is light enough to carry everywhere at just 2.33 lbs. Its LED anti-glare display reduces reflection that can distract from the visual experience, especially when used outside. The 92% of full-size keyboard enables much more efficient and comfortable use than texting (or

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor (512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB)
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm), Max supported 2 GB
  • 250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
  • 10.1” Diagonal WSVGA LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 600)
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter, *Up to 8 Hours of Battery Life
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (shared) with up to 128MB total available graphics memory

Rating: (out of 42 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.99
Price:

HP Mini 110-1126NR 10.1-Inch White Netbook – Up to 8 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) Reviews

Review by J. L. Holloway:

Small and compact, fits perfectly in my book bag and weighs less than 3lbs. The battery life that I have experienced has been awesome, mine came with a 6-cell battery so I am looking at around 8 hours of battery life, but I haven’t timed nor tested this. I read another comment that was posted regarding the size of the netbook with the 6-cell battery in place. I agree that the pictures do not illustrate this, however, we’re talking an extra inch…maybe…in height on the backside. A plus to this extra inch is that the netbook now tilts forward which makes it easier for typing, kind of like the little “stilts” underneath a desktop keyboard. FYI, with the 6-cell battery in place it still fits in my caselogic 10.3in case/sleeve that I bought for it.

I have had my netbook for about a week now and I am really enjoying it. It gives me everything I need for school and now I don’t have to move around a cumbersome laptop, not to mention the battery life is about 2.5 times longer than most laptops.

Perfect for taking notes in class, working through excel, viewing PowerPoint, and checking email. I plan on putting it in the kitchen when I am done with grad school so my wife and I can store recipes or anything else we may need. With the wireless hook up and the compact size for 0 this netbook is a great addition to your home network.

One thing to remember, most netbooks (if not all) do not have CD/DVD Drives, so loading software such as MS Office will require you to purchase an external Disc Drive, about 0, or you will have to borrow a friend’s to load your software. The other option is downloading the desired software program off of the internet and loading the software that way.

*UPDATE* I’ve had my netbook for a few weeks now and it has proven to be one of the best electronic purchases I have ever made. The ability to type and organize my notes while in class is amazing, I will never go back to taking notes by hand. Also, the independent operating system that you can access without booting up the full windows 7 is phenomenal. It allows me to turn on my computer and be up in running in less than 8 seconds. I can access music, email, pictures, skype, chat, and the internet all from this quick boot-up feature. I simply can’t say enough good about this netbook. Pure and simple – A Great Buy!

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