HP Mini 110 review

8 Jun 2011

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

HP Mini 110
Price when reviewed 
216
3

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/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.

Details

Price ex VAT £180
Price inc VAT £216
Overall rating 3
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 4
Performance 1

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions 268 x 194 x 24mm (WDH)
Weight 1.180kg
Travelling weight 1.5kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Atom N450
RAM capacity 1.00GB
Memory type DDR3

Screen and video

Screen size 10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,024
Resolution screen vertical 600
Resolution 1024 x 600
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 3150
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 250GB
Hard disk Seagate ST9250315AS
Optical drive N/A
Battery capacity 2,550mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 100Mbits/sec
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support yes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
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
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.3mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 4hr 35min
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.17
Responsiveness score 0.29
Media score 0.14
Multitasking score 0.08

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partiion