The Bottom Line
- Exceptional Build Quality and Keyboard
- 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth Support
- ExpressCard/54 Slot
- Poor Mouse Button Location
- Just Two USB Ports
- More Expensive Than Comparable Netbooks
- Intel Atom N270 Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory (2GB Maximum)
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 10.1-inch WSVGA (1024x576) Wide LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
- Intel GMA 950 Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless and Bluetooth 2.0
- Two USB 2.0, VGA, ExpressCard/54, SD Card Slot
- 10.3" x 6.5" x 1.1" @ 3 lbs.
- Windows XP Home
Guide Review - HP Mini 2140 10.1-inch Netbook Subnotebook Laptop PC
Feb 27 2009 - The HP Mini 2140 definitely stands apart from other netbooks thanks to its aluminum clad chassis. From the exterior it almost looks like it should be part of the Apple laptop family. The chassis design gives it the best overall feel out of the entire netbook market and also makes it very durable.
This successor to the Mini 2133 brings together some major improvements including a more industry standard Intel Atom N270 processor from the anemic VIA C7-M. The hard drive has been upgraded as well to include up to 160GB of storage space and a motion based protection system. HP has increased the screen up to 10.1-inches but changes the resolution down to a 1024x576 that gives it less space for applications on screen.
Connectivity is probably one of the best aspects of the HP Mini 2140. While most netbooks support Fast Ethernet and basic 802.11b/g wireless, HP includes a gigabit class Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n wireless and Bluetooth. While the system does not have any built-in support for cellular network access, it does come equipped with an ExpressCard/54 slot that will allow it to use standard laptop cellular modem cards or other non-networking cards.
With the new six-cell battery models, running time has been greatly increased over the previous generation Mini 2133 laptops. Now it is possible to run on the battery anywhere from six to seven hours before needing a charge. And if you need to charge, HP has included a new quick-charge system that will get the battery pack charged to 90 percent within 90 minutes.
Even with all these great features, there is still room for improvement. Most notable of these is the mouse buttons placed on either side of the trackpad that are difficult to use. It also only features two USB ports.