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: Businessmen don’t use netbooks. Sure, all-day battery life would be nice for those long flights. They do fit awfully nice in most briefcases, too. And the Intel Atom is more than enough for Firefox, Excel and Skype. But the humble netbook has always been plagued by an image problem.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Hewlett-Packard can’t seem to stop pumping out netbooks, and its new Mini 5101 is the slickest version yet. Festooned in brushed metal, the Mini 5101 flashes a sexy, Spartan design. We love the matte, full-sized keyboard — soft on the fingertips, but just firm enough for precision typing.
Pros: Attractive, brushed metal aesthetic is welcome change to cluttered look found on many netbooks. Well spaced island keys reminiscent of Apple’s sexy new MacBook keyboard.
Cons: Weird, choppy QuickTime performance will make latest Transformers movie look like the first Terminator . Battery life weak compared to Asus.
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...
HP unveils the Mini 5101 - makes the Netbook look all grown up
24 June 2009
Excerpt: HP is on a roll this month - just 2 weeks after adding 3 new machines to their Mini PC lineup, they just announced the Mini 5101. The new Mini 5101 weighs in at just 2.6 pounds, and comes with the usual Intel Atom processor.
A sublime HP netbook that's great to use, looks stylish and runs quickly
Good Gear Guide.au
13 November 2010
Summary: The HP Mini 5101 feels more like a regular laptop than a netbook and this is because of its sturdy construction, relatively good speed and excellent keyboard design. Not only that, it looks good and it has a 1366x768 screen.
Pros: Very sturdy, good performance, 320GB hard drive, 2GB RAM
Cons: Function keys' primary and secondary functions are reversed, keys are hard to read in the dark
HP's Mini 5101 is another stylish netbook let down by poor battery life
25 June 2010
Summary: Sleek and professional, the Hp Mini 5101 is another attractively pitched netbook that can't shake its very poor battery life. When will manufactuers learn that battery life is all-important to netbook success?