HP Mini 110 review
Battery life and performance are lacking, but the price is temptingly low
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.
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/m[sup]2[/sup] 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.
|Price ex VAT||£180|
|Price inc VAT||£216|
|Features & Design||4|
|Value for Money||4|
|Warranty||1yr collect and return|
|Dimensions||268 x 194 x 24mm (WDH)|
Processor and memory
|Processor||Intel Atom N450|
Screen and video
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,024|
|Resolution screen vertical||600|
|Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Graphics chipset||Intel GMA 3150|
|VGA (D-SUB) outputs||1|
|Hard disk||Seagate ST9250315AS|
|Replacement battery price inc VAT||£0|
|Wired adapter speed||100Mbits/sec|
|802.11 draft-n support||yes|
|Integrated 3G adapter||no|
|Wireless hardware on/off switch||no|
|Wireless key-combination switch||yes|
|USB ports (downstream)||3|
|3.5mm audio jacks||2|
|SD card reader||yes|
|Memory Stick reader||no|
|MMC (multimedia card) reader||yes|
|Smart Media reader||no|
|Compact Flash reader||no|
|Pointing device type||Touchpad|
|Camera megapixel rating||0.3mp|
Battery and performance tests
|Battery life, light use||4hr 35min|
|Overall Real World Benchmark score||0.17|
Operating system and software
|Operating system||Windows 7 Starter 32-bit|
|OS family||Windows 7|
|Recovery method||Recovery partiion|