Excerpt: There are netbooks and then there's the HP Mini 5102. Or at least that's always been our impression of the 10-inch business and education targeted laptop, since it isn't every day that you see what's supposed to be a secondary system with a 7,200rpm hard drive, durable aluminum chassis, spill resistant keyboard and capacitive touchscreen options. Or you know, a $415 starting price.
Summary: At the base model, it’s a match for any Pine Trail netbook out there, and fully decked-out, it’s considerably better. But even after you’ve upped the screen resolution, doubled the RAM, and added the 6-cell battery, you’re still hobbled by the Atom processor and integrated graphics. A $650 netbook is hard to justify—unless, of course, you can expense it.
Pros: Great looks and solid construction; good keyboard; 7,200rpm HDD standard; lots of optional upgrades.
Cons: Fingerprint-prone; can get extremely expensive; weird function-key switching; can't compete with CULV ultrathins.
Conclusion: The HP Mini 5102 netbook is one of the best in its class, and features such as a touch screen, a carrying handle, and an optional 11-hour battery are now part of its impressive arsenal.
Pros: Metallic lid is still pretty. Fast hard drives. Blue and Red configurations. Carrying handle option. Almost 11 hours of battery life. Typing and navigating combo has few equals. Environmentally friendly.
Cons: 66Wh (6-cell) battery is a costly add-on. Some degradation in speed tests. "Extras" are pricey.
HP Mini 5102 Review: Small Package, Great Keyboard
21 June 2010
Excerpt: The HP Mini 5102 business class netbook is a device clearly aimed at users in the business and education markets who need a netbook that offers high end features, durability and long battery life. On all of these points, the HP Mini 5102 exceeded our expectations. When comparing the HP Mini 5102 to the HP Mini 210 consumer netbook , many differences are immediately clear, but others don’t stand out as easily.
Pros: Durable design, Long battery life, Excellent keyboard, Matte screen
Cons: Small mousepad, 1024×600 resolution – Higher res available
HP Mini 5102 Business Class Netbook First Impressions
11 June 2010
Excerpt: The HP Mini 5102 netbook from HP may not be as recognizable as the HP Mini 1000 or the HP Mini 210 consumer netbooks that you may have seen at local coffee shops and airports. That’s because the HP Mini 5102 is a netbook designed for business users and the education market with extra features and durability that help it survive more demanding use than its consumer-grade peers. The HP Mini 5102 uses the Intel Atom N450 processor and starts at $415.
Excerpt: HP’s Mini 5102 is the company’s current business netbook. It’s a slight refresh of the Mini 5101 that we reviewed last year. In addition to the new Intel Pine Trail processor the 5102 got a number of interesting upgrade options, including a fold-out handle and a touchscreen. The 5102 is largely unchanged from the previous version, but that’s not really a bad thing because the Mini 5101 was one of the best netbooks on the market.
Excerpt: The HP Mini 5102 has had my eye since I saw it at CES 2010 so I was excited to see that Brad Linder at Liliputing has an incredibly detailed review of the HP Mini 5102 netbook up. The HP Mini 5102 isn’t your standard netbook, it’s designed for business or education use, which means it comes with a higher price — but higher end options that you won’t find in most netbooks.
HP Mini 5102 review (netbook for business, education markets)
7 April 2010
Summary: There are a lot of things to like about the HP Mini 5102. It’s attractive, durable, has an excellent keyboard, and premium features including a faster hard drive and HP’s DriveGuard technology to help protect it. But the mini-laptop is also much more expensive than most consumer oriented netbooks. Prices start at $415 and you can easily double that by choosing some of the more obscure options.
Is this netbook worth $415?
Summary: The design and feature set of the HP Mini 5102 is quite good, especially for the business audience it targets. The keyboard and touchpad are an improvement over the consumer-focused HP Minis, and scores of options are available. Unfortunately, this all comes at a price. All but the barest configurations cost as much as many full-sized laptops - laptops that may not go for over 9 hours on a charge but that certainly perform a lot better.