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Trace
09-24-2009, 11:18 PM
I recently received the new HP Mini 110 1001xx. Upon opening the box, and removing the packaging (HP packs their products very well!), I was amazed by just how small and light this computer is. Starting the computer up brings up the traditional XP customization screen. After finishing XP customization, XP boots and HPs customization starts running. HP packages AIM, Roxio BackOnTrack, syncables, and the standard array of XP programs (Norton Internet Security Trial, Office Trial).

This Mini has the 1.6 GHz Atom processor by Intel, and while it is faster than many previous generation processors, I feel that it doesnt have quite enough power. I would like to see an AMD dual core Neo or something similar. The low power processor and power management allows this netbook to achieve some amazing battery life. It comes with a 32GB SSD as opposed to a traditional hard drive which also increases battery life. I have been able to take it to school and manage to a full day without plugging it into the AC.

After running the computer for a while, with several hibernations, I find it needs a reboot. I believe this to be because of the only 1GB of ram.

The ease of setup was very easy as HP provides excellent literature and an easy to follow startup guide. While the setup was easy, it did take awhile due to the processor being only 1.6GHz.

In removing the battery, we find a SIM slot, which I was not able to test as I have Sprint which is SIM free.

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The keyboard on this model is a very spacious keyboard, considering how small the computer is. As you can see in the picture above, the size is somewhat similar to a magazine. The screen too is very nice; however, I would have liked to have HPs Infinity View screen instead of a screen with a border. The screen also has an integrated 1.3 MP camera and microphone which can be used for Skype, or IMing. The Mini has a very interesting touchpad and mouse button layout as you can see below. The buttons are on the side of the touchpad which adds a bit of a learning curve, but in my opinion, makes the touchpad more spacious.

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The back of the screen has HPs new Black Swirl imprint finish which also comes in White Swirl and Pink Chic. It is a very cool design but is a fingerprint magnet.
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The Mini has 3 USB ports, card reader, Ethernet port, VGA out, and the AC adapter port. In addition, the CPU cooler pulls from beneath the computer and expels the hot air out of the left side. Also, it has a power switch and Wi-Fi switch on the front, which glows when the computer is on.

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Testing:
SuperPiMod 1.5 (16K digits): 0.992 Seconds
SuperPiMod 1.5 (32K digits): 1.860 Seconds
SuperPiMod 1.5 (64K digits): 3.844 Seconds
SuperPiMod 1.5 (128K digits): 8.641 Seconds
SuperPiMod 1.5 (256K digits): 18.875 Seconds
SuperPiMod 1.5 (1M digits): 1 Minute 33.844 Seconds


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My overall impression of this netbook is a positive one.

Ratings:
Overall Feeling/Layout: 4.5/5
Battery Life: 4.5/5 (about 4hrs on the 3 cell battery)
Performance: 4/5 (I would like to see something a little more powerful for XP)
Keyboard: 5.5/5 (The best netbook keyboard)
TouchPad: 4.5/5 (Takes some getting used to the side click buttons)

Pros:
Great Battery Life
Amazing Keyboard
HP Quality

Cons:
Needs More RAM
Get the linux version IMO
After running the computer for a while, with several hibernations, I find it needs a reboot. I believe this to be because of the only 1GB of ram.

Conclusions and Recommendations:
As we draw to a close, I would like to say that all and all, HP has a decent, competitive netbook on their hands for the netbook sector. I would recommend this version(XP) if you don't know linux very well. Otherwise, I believe that performance would be much better with the linux version.

You can purchase at http://HP.com and customized to be exactly like this one brings the MSRP to : $374.99

Oneslowz28
09-25-2009, 11:20 PM
Nice review. What did you pay for it? I have been looking at these myself.

Trace
09-25-2009, 11:52 PM
I received it through a contact at HP free of charge to test actually. So no say on the actual value. Sorry.

Zephik
09-26-2009, 12:26 AM
I believe this model is $400. This is the most similar one I could find on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/HP-Mini-110-Mi-533Mhz/dp/B002GWF7EY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1253938277&sr=1-4

Not a very good deal in my honest opinion, no offense of course. They're built pretty well, which is a plus, and they have the 32GB Solid State, which is nice but really drives that price up. You would think they would throw in that famous long lasting netbook battery life for such a high price. For example, the 1005HA by Asus gets 4 hours and is only $285 (http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1005HA-EU1X-BK-10-1-Inch-Black-Netbook/dp/B002L6HD9W/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1253938511&sr=8-8) or $320 (http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1005HA-VU1X-BK-10-1-Inch-Black-Netbook/dp/B002DYIXN2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1253938511&sr=8-3) for 8.5 hours. Even their 10.5 hour model is only $350 (http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1005HA-PU1X-BK-10-1-Inch-Black-Netbook/dp/B002DYIXMI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1253938511&sr=8-1). HP Mini's have always been really pricey for some reason, even their spec for spec models are more costly than others.

Trace
09-26-2009, 12:44 AM
Yeah, i think the 160GB hard drive model would be better
I believe Target has a model for ~$320, I'll check the specs on it