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HP Mini 110 review

HP Mini 110

Verdict

Battery life and performance are lacking, but the price is temptingly low

Review Date: 8 Jun 2011

Reviewed By: Sasha Muller

Price when reviewed: £180 (£216 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
3 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
4 stars out of 6

Performance
1 stars out of 6

If you’re not concerned with looks or fancy extras, your eye may be drawn to the HP Mini 110. At only £216 inc VAT complete with Windows 7, it’s cheap even by netbook standards.

At first, it’s unclear why. It’s plain, but the keyboard feels comfortable, with a good solid base and a light, crisp action, and the keys are nicely spaced. The touchpad is responsive and predictable, and there’s nothing major missing in terms of ports: the Mini 110 has an SD/MMC slot, three USB 2 sockets and even Bluetooth.

Examine it more closely, however, and you'll see where the cuts have been made. The core specifications are basic, with a single-core 1.66GHz Atom and Intel’s GMA 3150 graphics. This gave it a score of only 0.17 in our real world benchmarks.

HP Mini 110

Coupled with the basic graphics, this doesn’t bode well for gaming and video streaming; you can forget all about smooth, full-screen YouTube HD or BBC iPlayer playback.

The 1,024 x 600 matte display can’t match the best either, and its maximum brightness of 220cd/m2 and contrast ratio of 252:1 mean images look wan.

But the HP’s weakest link is its 2,550mAh battery. It lasted a mere 4hrs 35mins in our light-use test.

With that kind of weakness we couldn't recommend the HP Mini 110 outright, but that price means we can't write it off completely. It's a perfectly usable netbook that undercuts the competition, so if all you want it for is basic web browsing, it's not such a bad deal at all.

Author: Sasha Muller

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User comments

screen resolution?

Is this really a 4x3 netbook?

768 vertical on a matte screen is certainly appealing.
I wish more netbooks were like that.

By SteveSmith on 8 Jun 2011

@SteveSmith

Either Sasha Muller has reviewed a different model, or misunderstood the screen resolution. The Specs page says 1024x600, the 'compulsory' netbook resolution...

By JohnGray7581 on 8 Jun 2011

Choice of OS

I would be tempted at that price. However the operating system is a bad choice. I would install Linux Mint instead of W7 Starter.

By mr_chips on 9 Jun 2011

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