HP Mini 110 review

£216
Price when reviewed

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.

HP Mini 110 review

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.

Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions268 x 194 x 24mm (WDH)
Weight1.180kg
Travelling weight1.5kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Atom N450
RAM capacity1.00GB
Memory typeDDR3

Screen and video

Screen size10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal1,024
Resolution screen vertical600
Resolution1024 x 600
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA 3150
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0

Drives

Capacity250GB
Hard diskSeagate ST9250315AS
Optical driveN/A
Battery capacity2,550mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed100Mbits/sec
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
Modemno
USB ports (downstream)3
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readerno
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating0.3mp
TPMno
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use4hr 35min
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.17
Responsiveness score0.29
Media score0.14
Multitasking score0.08

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Starter 32-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partiion

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