Friday, July 24, 2009

HP Mini 5101 Review Roundup

HP Mini 5101 is the latest business class mini laptop from HP to replace the Mini 2140. It was made available just a few days ago and is already reviewed by Laptop Magazine and PC Mag. Here are the review roundup for HP Mini 5101.

HP Mini 5101 mini laptop
First, there are several features that the HP Mini 5101 stands out from the crowd. In terms of external design, it has a stylish, durable design which the casing consist of all-black, sturdy brushed metal aluminum lid and a magnesium alloy base. In terms of hardware specs, it got an 160GB 7200rpm hard drive and 2.0-megapixel webcam which differs from most mini laptops out there which comes with 5400rpm hard drive and 0.3 or 1.3 megapixel webcam. Also, it comes with a few useful features like the DuraKey finish on the keyboard, and an accelerometer that shuts down the hard drive in the event of a fall. Another thing that's special about this mini laptop is that there will be a 1366 x 768 resolution screen option expected to be available by end of July. This will be the highest resolution screen for mini laptops.

In terms of performance, Laptop Magazine is very pleased with the graphics, video transcoding, and wireless range of this mini laptop which achieved above average scores in every aspects. PC Magazine however commented that although the 7200rpm hard drive does boost the performance of this mini laptop a bit, but it produce more heat and noise compare to other mini laptops that are equipped with a 5400rpm hard drive.

In terms of battery life, Laptop Magazine is able to get nearly 8 hours of battery life by simulating real life usage of the mini laptop (surfing net with wifi turned on and performing other tasks), while PC Mag gets 5 hours 15 minutes of baterry life running the MobileMark 2007 test. Both reviews are using the 6-cell battery in their test.

In final verdict, the HP Mini 5101 is said to be a mini laptop with most things right, except for the price which is higher than most of its peers. Laptop Magazine given it a rating of 4 out of 5 and selected it as one of their Editors Choice, while PC Magazine rated it 3.5 out of 5.

The HP Mini 5101 is currently available for $399 on HP online store. The specs that you are getting with this price are: 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, 10.1-inch with 1024 x 600 resolution, 4-cell battery, 1GB RAM, and 160 GB 7200 rpm HDD.

Here's short video review on HP Mini 5101 by PC Mag:

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