HP Mini 5102 review: HP Mini 5102

As a sequel to one of our favorite Netbooks, the HP Mini 5102 has some sizable shoes to fill up. It’s not HP’s pick of the components we like on our 10-inch business line system – after all, most 2009 Netbooks share a very similar component – that is. is the overall build and design quality of the Netbook that we like

With a body made of aluminum and magnesium alloy, the 5101 feels significantly sturdier than many of the plastic Netbooks it competes with, and its excellent keyboard layout makes typing a breeze. The new version, 5102, offers only minor aesthetic tweaks, in addition to more configuration options, including a touchscreen display.

That means you can create a pretty compelling Netbook using HP’s online configurator, but it’ll also be an expensive device, as anything higher than baseline adds up. cost significantly. At a time when HD screens were becoming the norm, our $ 424 review unit only had a standard 10-inch 1,024×600-pixel display, along with a single-core Intel Atom N450 processor, Windows 7 Starter Edition and 1GB RAM.

With competitors (including HP’s Mini 311 series) regularly offering an HD display and Nvidia Ion graphics for a very reasonable price, we’d like to see the Mini 5102 take some of the more aggressive steps. with its new version. That’s right, our favorite 2009 Netbook sequel is just like that – a 2009 Netbook.

Price as considered $ 424
Processor Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz
Memory 1GB, 800MHz DDR2
Hard Drive 160GB 7,200 rpm
Chipset Mobile Intel NM10
Graphics Intel GMA 3150 (integrated)
Operating system Windows 7 Starter
Size (WD) 10.3×7.1 inch
Height 0.9 inch
Screen size (diagonal) 10.1 inch
System weight / Weight with AC adapter 2.5 / 3.3 pounds
Category Netbook

Looking very similar to last year’s Mini 5101 model, the 5102 features a black brushed metal lid, matte black keyboard and keyboard tray, offset by a glossy touch keypad. The Netbook’s overall look is certainly on the business side of the equation, but it’s also sleek enough to organize itself in a stylish cafe. While it’s not the thinnest or lightest Netbook ever, it feels solid and durable, unlike a brick.

We were worried when HP abandoned its previous flat, wide keys for the redesigned pebble-style keyboard in 5101. 5102 retains this new design, and time has shown it to be a good keyboard. (though we still have one weak spot for the older design). Important keys, like Shift, nice and big, and the top row of function keys are reversed – meaning really useful tasks are the control of screen brightness and volume, etc., are key functions of those keys, while somewhat the more confusing F-key functions require you to hold down the Fn key. It’s a swap we’ve seen on a couple of laptops lately, and it sounds like a good idea.

The Mini 5101’s touchpad is the traditional type, with mouse buttons lying underneath – rather than side mouse buttons, and a stretching trackpad on an old HP Netbook. We prefer this style, but at the same time, the small touch keyboard itself and its slick surface attract fingerprints like nothing we’ve ever seen before – so it often looks dull. .

The 10.1-inch widescreen has a resolution of 1,024×600 pixels original resolutionThis is the standard for entry-level netbooks. However, being a premium system with a premium price, we expect to see a 1,366×768-pixel HD display as the default display (it will be available as an optional upgrade). HP’s own Mini 311 includes an HD display for $ 399.

HP Mini 5102 Medium for category
Video VGA VGA
Sound Headphone / microphone jack Headphone / microphone jack
Data 3 USB 2.0, SD card reader 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader
Expansion nobody nobody
Network connections Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth
Optical drive nobody nobody

Our base model configuration of the Mini 5102 omits Bluetooth, but in contrast offers a standard set of ports and connectivity for the Netbook. While HP’s configuration options aren’t available yet, the system will offer built-in 3G connectivity, be it from Sprint, Verzion or AT&T. More interestingly, there is likely to be an option for the touchscreen. This may limit practical application for most users, but it shows the growing popularity of touch technology in the laptop industry.

HP includes Corel Home Office software instead of the regular Microsoft Office trial version, but we’re not sure why it’s suitable for the free Open Office suite as a Microsoft Office alternative (HP employees they I did not have any particular compelling reason to give). HP also includes a fairly standard feature from full-size business notebooks, the hard drive accelerometer, in this case the HP 3D DriveGuard.

Intel’s new 1.66GHz single-core Atom N450 CPU is the new standard for Netbooks, and while it doesn’t actually offer a boost over previous generation Atom N270 and N280 processors, it offers usability. higher energy. Our standard Netbook tips apply – they’re great, as long as people keep their expectations modest and mainly focus on Web surfing, e-mail and working on office documents. .

HP Mini 5102 Average Watt per hour
Turn off 0.57
Sleep 0.69
Free 6.93
Download 13.57
Raw KWh 24.72
Annual cost of electricity consumption $ 2.80

Annual cost of electricity consumption

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