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HP Mini 210-1150NR 10.1-inch Netbook PC

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HP Mini 210-1150NR Netbook PC

HP Mini 210

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The Bottom Line

Aug 25 2010 - HP's Mini 210-1150NR is a good update over their previous generation of consumer netbook but not in the ways one might expect. The new Atom N455 with DDR3 memory has near identical performance to the previous N450 with DDR2. Instead, it is the larger and faster hard drive and the added 802.11n support that really make the difference. HP still has one of the better keyboards on the market but it would have been nice to see them redesign the trackpad to be a bit more functional.
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Pros

  • Stylish Patterned Design
  • Excellent Keyboard
  • Faster Hard Drive

Cons

  • Integrated Mouse Buttons Difficult To Use
  • Six Cell Battery Pack Juts Out
  • Little Performance Difference to Previous N450 Model With DDR2

Description

  • Intel Atom N455 Single Core Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 250GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 10.1" WSVGA (1024x600) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
  • Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics
  • Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 10.6" x 6.9" x 1.1" @ 3 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Starter, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - HP Mini 210-1150NR 10.1-inch Netbook PC

Aug 25 2010 - The HP Mini 210-1150NR is merely an update to the previously released Mini 210. The exterior remains pretty much the same except for a silver lid design on the back of the display. The big difference comes from the internals of the unit. It uses the new Intel Atom N455 processor. This is essentially identical to the previous N450 except that it now supports DDR3 memory. This gives the unit a slight edge in some tasks but the difference won't really be noticed by the average user in any way.

Another upgrade over the previous version of the Mini 210 is the hard drive. HP has increased the drive size from 160GB in the previous 210-1030NR model to 250GB in the 210-1150NR. In addition, the drive also features a faster 7200rpm spin rate compared to the more traditional 5400rpm rate of most laptop drives. This gives the netbook a slight advantage in loading up applications from the disk. Mind you, the 1GB of memory still means frequent memory swapping to the drive if multiple applications are running which does negate some of the speed benefits.

Those hoping that the graphics may have been upgraded will be disappointed to learn that it still uses the Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics. This means that the Mini 210-1150NR still lacks the ability to handle HD video playback even at the 720p rates. Since the display is still limited to 1024x600 and it only retains a VGA video connector, this isn't too much of a problem but it does discourage it for viewing HD media files that may be transferred from a desktop system.

The HP Mini 210-1150NR uses the same six cell battery pack design as the previous version of the Mini 210. This gives it a slightly above average battery life but also has the disadvantage of extending beyond the normal lines of the netbook disrupting the smooth lines. My streaming tests yielded a near identical time to the past model of just over six hours. This should translate into eight hours of more general usage. It still falls short to the class leading times produced by the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE netbook.

The keyboard and trackpad designs of the HP Mini 210 remain unchanged which is both good and bad. The keyboard layout and design is one of the better on the market and very comfortable to work with. The same can't be said with the trackpad that integrates the buttons. This leads to frequent cursor movement when the buttons are being pressed.

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