The Bottom Line
- Stylish Patterned Design
- Excellent Keyboard
- Includes Online Cloud Storage For Easy Document Sharing Between PCs
- Buttons Integrated Into Trackpad Can Be Difficult To Use
- 6-cell Battery Juts Out Pretty Far
- Does Not Support 802.11g Wireless
- Intel Atom N450 Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 10.1" WSVGA (1024x600) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
- Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.6" x 6.9" x 1.1" @ 2.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Starter, HP Cloud Drive, Norton Internet Secutiy
Guide Review - HP Mini 210-1030NR 10.1-inch Netbook PC
The most notable change to the Mini 210 is the keyboard. HP has taken their very well laid out and comfortable keyboard from their business oriented netbooks and brought it to the consumer lineup. The keyboard uses an isolated or island design that is spacious and comfortable to use for extended periods. They also changed the trackpad but not necessarily for the better. Rather than distinct trackpad buttons, they are now integrated into the trackpad similar to the Dell Mini 10. While it is functional it can be difficult to use at times if you happen to press just slightly off the necessary zone.
In terms of performance, the HP Mini 210 isn't all that different of an experience from previous generations of netbooks. The new Intel Atom N450 does provide some slight advantages in certain applications but their gains are really imperceptible by users. Microsoft still restricts all netbooks with Windows netbook licenses to have just 1GB of memory as well. The GMA 3150 graphics also lack support for reliable 720p HD video stupport.
Outside of the hardware, HP has also added a new software feature to the Mini 210. Now the system comes with HP's Cloud Drive online storage and sharing software. This provides users with 1GB of online storage for life. Users can then upload their files into this cloud to share between a desktop and their netbook over an internet connection. This isn't a unique feature to HP but is nice to have.
Battery life was one of the weak spots for the previous HP Mini 110. The more energy efficient PineTrail platform combined with the six-cell battery pack has given it a major boost in running time. My streaming video test was able to run for roughly six and a quarter hours compared to the 110's four and a half. This translates into roughly eight or so hours of more typical web usage. This still isn't the longest of the new generation of netbooks but should be plenty for the majority of users.
Overall, the HP Mini 210 has made a number of improvements that will attract many buyers. The redesigned trackpad and lack of support for 802.11n high speed wireless really prevent this from being one of the best overall consumer netbooks.