Summary: I have been using this little netbook for about 10 months now and haven't had a single issue. My only suggestion is to upgrade to the 2Gbs RAM anstead of the 1. My only neagtive, and it's a small one, is that the battery life isn't as good as my Asus netbook (8+ hrs) but then again, the Asus netbook lasted 9 months and then bit the dust...
Summary: I've had this since September now, so it's been with me for 9 months. The good + The netbook is very light and convenient to carry around. + The keyboard is a great upgrade from any ASUS I know. As large and comfortable as it could be in a computer this size. + The aluminum cover is resistant to scratches and other minor damage from daily use. + Plays standard quality video, music and Flash very well.
Amazing Hardware, Ruined by bloated, destructive Software
Seth Hoenig, Amazon
7 January 2010
Summary: This notebook is more expensive for the specs of hardware you get, but if you like aluminum cases and hard-rubber around the keyboard, then this laptop is perfect for you. It has no problem playing flash videos (even full screen "HD" videos), and plays downloaded DVD's just fine, though I can't vouch for the ability to play blu-ray quality movies. The keyboard is the largest keyboard you fill find on a netbook.
Summary: I did much research before I decided to purchase the HP 5101, after all, spending $430 on a netbook that you cannot see before you buy seemed a little risky. I've had it for about a week now and am glad to say that it is living up to expectation. The specs speak for themselves, pretty much standard netbook fare, but the details of this machine set it apart. It looks great, is sturdy and feels great too.
Summary: Make sure you order the right one. Mine had 4-cell battery and it wasn't obvious. Keys have protective coating that makes the lettering a bit harder to see. Fan noise isn't an issue. It comes on and off but isn't loud and probably can be 'managed' by settings. Touchpad is too sticky at first but smooths out after use. Power supply a bit big, and cords quite long. No dialup modem. Sim card slot in housing; maybe one can retrofit the hardware?
Summary: I've owned a netbook since April '08 when I bought one of the first mass market Asus EeePC Surf models. It was a useful travel tool, light, easy to store and secure, but it lacked two things.. screen size and an adult size keyboard. The HP Mini 5101 covers both those issues and more. I've had the 5101 for a week now, and been on my first trip with it. No complaints. Keyboard feels great, good key action.