|Screen Size||10.1 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Max Screen Resolution||1024 x 600 pixels|
|Processor||1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455|
|RAM||1 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||250 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel GMA 3150|
|Card Description||Graphics Media Accelerator 3150|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||9.5 hours|
HP Mini 110-3130NR 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black)
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Enjoy Web browsing and entertainment with an ultra-portable netbook. The lightweight HP Mini 110-3130NR helps you stay connected wherever you go. Watch videos, view photos and edit documents on a 10.1-inch diagonal anti-glare display that’s easy to see indoors and out. Get fast access to email, IM and social networking sites, plus use the integrated webcam and microphone to video chat with family and friends across the globe. With a solid black finish, this HP netbook is a great choice for anyone. Transfer photos from a memory card to the HP Mini 110-3130NR netbook using the 2-in-1 digital media reader. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you browse the Web from any room and on the go without using cables. Enjoy online games in crisp detail using integrated Intel video graphics, plus store important files on the 160GB hard drive. You can also connect this HP netbook to an MP3 player, digital camera or external optical drive easily using one of the USB ports.
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===== Comfort =====
If you're going to be spending a lot of time writing on it, this is certainly one of the most comfortable netbooks around, for exactly that purpose. If style is important to you though, I would recommend checking out a similar model from HP's Mini 210 series (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00400OSSG?tag=a52-20&ie=UTF8) which sports nearly the same specs as this model, but with a faster hard drive, and a sleek and stylish silver tone.
===== Performance =====
This HP Mini doesn't exactly scream, but it certainly has some potential when it comes to performance, if equipped properly. It sports an Intel Atom N455 processor, while most competitively priced netbooks are still using the older Atom N450 processor, but what does that mean for you? Support for faster memory. The Atom N455 is the first of the Atom line of processors to be compatible with DDR3 memory chips, potentially bringing double the memory speeds to HP's line of netbooks, had HP decided to indeed use DDR3.
The primary benefit of DDR3 memory is the ability to transfer at twice the data rate of DDR2. Another fantastic benefit of DDR3 memory, especially for us netbook and notebook users, is energy efficiency. Unfortunately, however, this particular model has only been equipped with DDR2 memory out of the box, so if you want that blazing memory speed, you'll have to upgrade the machine yourself or look to another model that comes equipped with DDR3 memory out of the box.
The improved processor isn't a be-all end-all for processing performance on a netbook though. The processor is still a single-core CPU, so multi-tasking capabilities will be limited, though the processor does support hyperthreading, which means you can run a couple apps at the same time and make due just fine. However, processors are hardly the bottleneck in performance these days.
The most important aspect of performance today is typically the hard drive, and this netbook uses a 5400 RPM hard drive, which is quite slow. In fact, it's the slowest type of hard drive you can get now, though it does benefit you a little in the energy efficiency department. Another hit on performance comes from the shared video/graphics memory (up to 256 MB), effectively cutting your 1GB of RAM down to 768MB of RAM. Yet another reason to keep your multi-tasking limited as much as possible.
===== Power =====
Battery life tends to run a little shorter than the advertised 9.5 hour duration. With normal usage and WiFi enabled, you can expect to get somewhere between 7-8 hours of usage. This is still pretty decent, especially for netbooks, where 5 hours is often the average battery life for so many of them. Turning off WiFi when you're not surfing the Web or aren't near a hotspot will certainly help push the battery to its maximum life span though.
===== Media =====
I have run into a couple minor issues with content playback, particularly with YouTube HD videos, which can get a little choppy, especially in FireFox. Google Chrome seems to handle them a bit better though. Windows Media Player also likes to choke, so I avoid it whenever possible. QuickTime also encountered some issues, but not as much as Windows Media Player. If you're not running any other apps or utilities in the background, you'll likely have better luck than if you're trying to multitask, or even if you leave your browser running while watching a non-web video. With everything else closed, you can certainly watch a full movie just fine. If you still run into any issues, simply rebooting will likely fix them, but otherwise you should be just fine.
I will say that the 9:16 ratio widescreen 10.1" display is great for watching widescreen movies on the go, with one very important exception: you must either have a digital copy of your movie, or you'll need an external DVD drive. I recommend this Samsung model (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002C1BBU8?tag=a52-20&ie=UTF8), which sports a sexy look, on par with the HP Mini's own appeal, without sacrificing functionality.
===== Value =====
For what you get with this netbook though, I must admit the price is pretty much spot on for value. Having browsed all the black friday ads that have leaked out thus far, including all the electronics retailers, I can confidently say that you won't find such a decent netbook for the price this holiday season. You can take that to the bank.
===== Praise =====
* Keyboard design - nearly full-size makes typing incredibly comfortable and easy.
* Wireless N support for faster and farther-reaching WiFi reception.
* Battery life - 9 hours is top of the line for netbooks.
* 9:16 ratio display - great for movies (see above for DVD solution).
* Windows 7 - optimized for netbook performance.
===== Dissapointments =====
* 1024 x 600 display resolution - would prefer at least 1280 x 768 at a minimum.
* DDR2 memory used when DDR3 memory is compatible.
* 5400 RPM hard drive - would have liked a faster Solid State Disk (even if smaller), or at least a 7200 RPM disk.
===== Bottom Line =====
While not the most stylish netbook around, if you need it primarily for writing or note taking purposes, the HP Mini should certainly fit the bill. If you desire something with a little more juice, especially for media playback, you might want to look for something with DDR3 memory, or get this model and upgrade it with a 2GB DDR3 memory chip.
I hope you've found this review to be helpful in some way! :)
The computer's battery does not hold charge. The computer always is trying to update itself, even though I changed settings so the computer should update less frequently and only after asking the user if s/he wants updates to be installed. Windows open at random; the computer restarts at random; documents apparently are destroyed during the restart process. Internet Explorer will hang up literally for days.
I have run virus and malware scans, and apparently the computer is clean. I did not expect this to be a fast computer or a powerful computer, but frankly it has reduced my son's productivity to about one third of what it was. I am very disappointed with this product.
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