|Screen Size||8.9 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1280 x 800|
|Max Screen Resolution||1280 x 800 pixels|
|Processor||1.6 GHz VIA-Cyrix C3|
|RAM||2 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||120 GB Serial ATA|
|Card Description||VIA VN896|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||128 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||4.5 hours|
HP 2133-KX870AT 8.9-Inch Netbook - 6 Cell Battery
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- 1.6 GHz VIA C7-M ULV Processor
- 120 GB Hard Drive
- 2 GB RAM (maximum)
- Pre-installed with Windows Vista Business; trial versions of Microsoft Office 2007 and Norton Internet Security, 4.5 hour battery life
- 8.9-inch display, stylish anodized aluminum case, and integrated webcam
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The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC might be small in size (2.8lbs and 1.05" thin) but it's big on usability, durability, and sleekness. Packed with an impressive combination of features, the HP 2133 offers you a full-function PC with the utmost mobility. This Mini-Note PC comes equipped with the productivity tools you need to be efficient on the go: 8.9-inch diagonal, scratch-resistant, WXGA display; 92% full-size, user-friendly QWERTY keyboard; ExpressCard/54 slot, integrated Secure Digital Reader, and a touchpad with scroll zone. Cut the cords and stay connected with wireless technologies such as integrated Wi-Fi Certified WLAN, making it easier to access the Internet as well as communicate via email, IM, chat, and blogging at school, at home or on the road at your favorite hotspots. By using the Internet, e-mail, instant messaging and VoIP, it makes researching, communicating, collaborating, and searching more convenient and enjoyable. The simple, refined design and all aluminum case make it sleek and sturdy yet super lightweight. Reliable features such as HP DuraKeys, magnesium alloy support structure, and HP 3D DriveGuard help give you a durable mini-note PC that can go the distance. Experience video, still-image capture, web conferencing, or video-enhanced instant messaging with no additional hardware to buy or carry. Integrated VGA webcam enables both video and still-image capture so you can add photos and video clips to presentations, documents and e-mail. 8.9" diagonal WXGA (1280 x 768) Widescreen Display Built-in Webcam and Microphone VIA Chrome 9 Graphics High Definition audio with Stereo Speakers Broadcom 802.11A/B/G Wireless Bluetooth 2.0 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN Secure Digital (SD) Slot ExpressCard 54 Slot 2 x USB 2.0, Headphone out/Line-out; Microphone-in, VGA, RJ-45 (LAN) Approximate Unit Dimensions - 10.04" (W) x 6.5" (D) x 1.05" (H) Approximate Unit W
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I have been looking at umpcs for a while now. When Dell came out with there mini, I immediately placed an order for the Linux version. The next day, I canceled it. As attractive as an SSD drive is, I'll wait until >128GB is cost effective.
What initially got me looking into these was the desire to have something small to bring with me when on vacation. Lugging around my Dell 17" laptop isn't fun.
* Small - easy to carry around, even with the large battery
* Awesome resolution - 1280x768. Others in this class only provide 1024x600. In this day of widescreen LCDs, I don't want to have to scroll back and forth in a browser like it's 1990.
* 120GB 7200rpm hard drive (specs here state 5400rpm)
* Surprisingly good sound quality
* Keyboard is easy to type on after spending some time getting used to it. What was Dell thinking when they designed theirs?
* Runs HOT. Don't use this on your lap!
* Pain in the you-know-what to install XP without a USB DVD drive (you have to create the image from an XP or Windows NT system). Linux was a breeze and allows you to re-size an existing partition.
* Via processor. It's not bad, but I'd rather have an Intel Atom CPU
This comes with Vista Business. I use Vista Ultimate exclusively on my PCs and 17" laptop (I'm a C#/C++ developer), so I used it for a day. Vista isn't really the best choice for an ultra-portable. It works, but wasn't quite as snappy as it could be, even after tweaking.
So, since I was going to dual boot Ubuntu anyway, I wiped it clean and installed XP, Office 2007, and all my usual day to day stuff, excluding my development software and CPU-hungry apps like Photoshop. Now it runs more to my satisfaction.
I brought this to work on Friday and everybody gathered around and ooohed and ahhhed over it.
In a nutshell, this is a fantastic ultra portable if you don't do anything too CPU demanding on it (this applies to all of them with the exception of the fantastically expensive Sony). These aren't made for gaming or developing. They're made for day-to-day tasks like email, IM, watching movies, etc.
When you open up the notebook, you are going to notice a couple of things right off the bat. The screen is extra glossy, and the speakers are large, providing scratch resistance as well as clear sound to both pieces of the unit. Upon listening to some videos, the audio quality was crisper than I would have thought, and rivals some expensive, larger notebooks. It is also very loud (this can obviously be adjusted). The screen is absolutely magnificent, and isn't too reflective so that work can be done in all but the brightest rooms and sunniest days. The native resolution is 1280x768, providing unsurpassed clarity when compared to other UMPCs and netbooks. Text is extremely small though, so the resolution might want to be lowered for older folks or people with not-so-keen eyesight.
The keyboard is magnificent, and one of the reasons why I didn't go with the EEE PC. It is a wonder to type on, and if you are used to the non-raised keys of standard notebooks, you shouldn't have any trouble using the keyboard on the mini-note. The keyboard is 92% full size, and provides enough room for touch-typers to have their way with. It is also spill resistant.
The track pad is much more wide than it is tall, but this shouldn't be a problem for people used to notebooks. It also features a scroll bar. The left and right buttons flank the track pad, which might need some getting used to for people that use notebooks frequently, but for everyone else, it should be fine. There is also a built in 1.3MP Camera, which is nice.
The 6-cell battery adds some weight to the system, but not much as it clocks in at around 3-3.5 pounds with everything equipped. It doesn't jet out of the back, but does give the unit a bit of tilt providing better ergonomic support for typing.
There is no hinge that keeps the laptop closed, but the screen hinge is sturdy enough to keep it from opening up.
Note that I have the top model, with the 1.6ghz Via C-7m Processor, 2gbs of DDR2 667 RAM, a 6-cell battery, and a 120gb 7200RPM hard drive.
Upon turning on the system, I didn't even attempt to set up Vista. I went right in and installed XP Pro w/ SP2. When that was done, I noticed that the boot time was over a minute. I then installed all the drivers and booted her up for the first time while fully-functional. The boot time was less than a minute, and once I installed SP3, it dropped to around 30-50 seconds (I have not clocked it). That is a HUGE improvement over Vista, which would range from 1:18 seconds to over 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Windows opened up as fast as my core2quad q6600 (With Vista Home Premium 32 bit and 3gbs of RAM), and Web Pages rendered around the same speed as my Pentium IV 3ghz.
I tried out Youtube, and videos played full screen with no drops in frames. I then tried playing 2 Youtube videos at the same time, and received the same result. Then I tried 3 and noticed a slight drop in frames while all 3 were playing. Then I closed all windows, went to IGN, and played a High Def video. It worked perfectly until I upped it to full screen. At full screen, it lost some frames, but was still watchable. Keep in mind that I was using the WMP codec. Gametrailer HD Videos in their full aspect played smoothly too, with occasional pauses and drops in frame rate. A 720p video from Microsoft worked find with the K-lite Codec, though audio did noticeably stutter even though frames did not drop at all. I also tried out Hulu and everything was perfect except for a couple of pauses here or there.
Next I installed and tested out the notoriously slow office programs. Word was ready to type on in a couple of seconds, and Powerpoint instantly switched between frames. Installation speeds were not up to par with my quad core, or even my Pentium IV, but they were adequate. Wifi preformance rendered web pages very well, though download speed was noticeably slower with the built in Wifi adapter than with my linksys adapter (note that I was running Broadband Cable), but not nearly as bad as dial up or low-end DSL.
I then opened up Word, Excel, and Youtube, played Youtube at full size without frame droppage, and then instantly switched between the different applications. They all closed instantly as well.
Note that applications open up as fast as my Pentium IV opened them.
Flash does function at full speed with XP installed.
I have not yet tested any games on the system, but all 2D games will function on it, and War Craft 3 will also function. Those are the only games that I can confirm will function at the moment. Note that it will not be able to play Call of Duty 4 or Crysis at all. Razz
In terms of Skype, though video calls are unusable in Vista as noted by everyone who owns an HP mini-note, in XP they worked fairly well. The video quality wasn't that great, and frames did noticeably drop, but it was functional. As for audio calls, those were great too. Note that audio stayed consistent whenever frames dropped with any of my tests.
My model has a 6-cell battery, as stated before, and it gets around 3-4 hours depending the min-note's the brightness, volume, and work-load.
People say that the Unit doesn't go to sleep when the lid is closed, but if you have XP on the system, it does. To wake it, you flip the power switch so that if the mini-note were to open up in your bag (because of the absence of the hinge, the power still won't drain).
It does get noticeably hot on the keyboard and even more on the bottom of the unit, but it won't burn you. The fan is constantly going for some reason, but people say after a couple of reboots, this will stop. The fan isn't very loud anyway.
Rumors and negativity aside, with XP the Mini-Note preforms basic tasks just as well as any mid-range laptop. If you're the kind of guy or gal who needs an ultra portable laptop for word processing, internet browsing, spread sheets, video watching (in 720p or less), or even light graphical editing, this is the notebook for you. The competition might be a bit faster, but they can't beat the astounding build quality of the Mini-note.
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