Top positive review
on January 21, 2010
I'm a Mac and Unix guy but I bought one of these for my wife who is major computer-phobic for Xmas and it's been a big success. This is a very capable PC lacking only an optical DVD drive. The HD is hugh and plenty of cpu/gpu for most things except hard-core gaming which usually requires more powerful graphics and a CD to be in a CD/DVD drive to run. Java apps and Javac compiles runs very well indeed. I haven't bothered to expand ram from the 1 Gb supplied since it seems fine but if you're one of those folks who frequently has lots of concurrent apps or windows open it might be a good idea to go to 2 Gb. It has a nice comfortable keyboard, almost full sized and not at all prone to fat-fingering which is a common problem with Netbooks. The mouse buttons are on the side of the touchpad to save room but not really hard to get used to at all and touch scrolling works great plus the pad does double tap left key-klicks same as my MacBook which is very nice.
HP has a nifty instant-on OS which comes up immediately and is just fine for browsing or email. Why HP doesn't feature it I don't understand. Anyway, from there you boot into Windows 7 which being an OS X guy I grudgingly have to say is really nice. And a deal on this PC. I just spent nearly half the price of this entire PC for a single copy of Win-7 for a Bootcamp partition on my Mac. A real bargain on this little thing.
Intel has released an update of this cpu which puts the gpu and memory management on the cpu chip for power savings and that will make already outstanding battery life even more so but when these Mini-110's will get the upgrade I don't know.
I think when the Mini-110 is available in a dual-core version I'll get one for myself to develop on when on the road. It's that good.
You will be delighted with these....