Conclusion: The HP Mini 5101 is much improved version over HP's previous netbooks, but you'll have to pay extra for many of its fringe benefits—if they become available.
Pros: Very attractive metallic chassis. 95-percent keyboard is right up there with those on the top netbooks. Mouse buttons are quiet. Bevy of options, including an "HD" resolution, 3G, SSDs and 7,200 rpm HDDs. Good performance scores. 802.11n wireless capability.
Cons: Options can bring up the cost significantly and aren't available for purchase yet.
Excerpt: A great net book but expensive considering the features it offers. Great keyboard, good collection of bundled software like HP 3D DriveGuard. Expensive, no ExpressCard slot. Power Cables, Software Adobe Flash Player, Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft Office Professional 2007 (60 days trial), McAfee Total Protection for Small Business (60 days trial), HP Help and Support Center Processor Intel Atom N280 / 1.66 GHz, Data bus speed 533 MHz, Chipset type Mobile Intel 945GSE...
Conclusion: Professionals, rejoice: We have a netbook you can bring to your next board meeting without looking like you just learned that Windsor knot in your tie. At $399, it holds barely any premium over similarly-equipped models from companies like Asus and MSI, and we think the superior build of this particular machine easily justifies it for the right type of user.
Pros: Durable and attractive matte black finish, Sturdy magnesium chassis, Drop protection and other business add-ons, Respectable performance, Superior battery life (with optional six-cell battery), Reasonably priced
Cons: Clammy fingers stick on glossy trackpad, Average keyboard
Summary: Simply put, the HP Mini 5101 is one of the best netbooks I’ve used in nearly 2 years of covering mini-laptops. There are faster machines out there, but none with a 10 inch display and Intel Atom processor. And you could create your own PC with a speedier storage system buy replacing your netbook hard drive with a solid state disk. But that takes more money and technical know-how than purchasing an HP Mini 5101 with a 7200rpm hard drive for $400 to $425.
Excerpt: As the netbook market matures companies have found it increasingly necessary to differentiate their products from the competition. Everyone has improved the quality and battery life of their offerings over time but more extreme measures have been necessary as well. Screen sizes have increased, keyboards have grown, systems have gotten more expensive, and many other changes have been instituted.
Conclusion: Advocates of compact and low-priced netbooks had to wait for a long time for an outdoor suitable device with a good resolution . The HP Mini 5101 is one of the first models that have a WSVGA screen with an HD resolution of 1366x768 pixels in a 10.2 inch format, and this with an eye-friendly, matt display surface . Because the screen brightness is also alright, there shouldn't be any restrictions as to mobility.
Pros: Robust case, Good image quality with VGA port, Typing-eager keyboard, Matt display with a high resolution, Useable sound rendering, That the thought of mobility is finally also supported in consideration of the display. Good brightness, working suitable resolution and a matt display surface fit for outdoor use. The HP Mini 5101 makes that what should be standard in netbooks to an exceptional talent.
Cons: No digital image output/docking option, Merely 12 month warranty ex-factory, Touchpad needs getting used to, Permanently existent fan, A bit more business in the "business netbook". For instance, a docking port, an ExpressCard slot or even extensive security features would have been appropriate. Otherwise: A software update for fan control
Summary: In the price-competitive world of netbooks, $425 is a lot to pay for a system whose battery life falls an hour and a half short of those that cost $75 less. However, in the Mini 5101, HP gets a lot of things right: its business-rugged design makes this netbook more durable than consumer-focused systems, and its performance is better than the majority of the netbooks on the market. It also has convenient security tools.
Pros: Stylish durable design, Comfortable keyboard, Excellent performance, Good audio,