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. They look cheap, and that’s not the impression an executive wants to exude when he lays his laptop down on the walnut conference room table.
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.
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.
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. The machine features the awesome 95% full keyboard found on their other popular Netbook sized machines, though they have moved to a "chiclet" style keyboard - something I really like.
HP's Mini 5101 is another stylish netbook let down by poor battery life
14 November 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?
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. There really isn't too much wrong with this netbook at all, and we think it's probably the best netbook currently available on the market.
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