Summary: Business Class. HP refreshes the Mini 5103 and installs the latest Intel Atom N550 chip. Highlights are the solid case available in "Espresso", a 10.1 inch touchscreen, UMTS and the generous island style keyboard. At a steep price beyond 500 euro, you still have to live without USB 3.0 and ExpressCard34.
Pros: Solid case and design, Generous island style keyboard, Touchscreen with multi-touch, Good application performance, Fast hard disk (HDD), Integrated UMTS module, Variety of configurations and models, Convincing battery life, The mobility characteristics, so battery life. The UMTS module and transflective display, as well as the high-end case made of an aluminum-magnesium alloy in the color "Espresso".
Cons: Poor connectivity, No docking port, Poor scope of delivery, Warranty of only 12 months ex-factory, Smooth touchpad, Permanently running fan, Additional business features, such as an own docking port, an ExpressCard slot or eSATA port. Moreover, we would have liked a quieter fan management.
Conclusion: Let’s start by focusing on the components we’re testing today. The Atom N550 is currently the fastest netbook Atom processor in terms of overall performance, with two cores plus Hyper-Threading. The lower 1.50GHz clock speed does put it behind single-core Atom CPUs in a few areas, but in general it’s a performance improvement. That’s the good news.
HP Mini 5103 review – the versatile business netbook we’d all love having
15 November 2010
Conclusion: Now, the HP Mini 5103 is definitely one of the most impressive 10 inch netbooks on the market. In terms of build quality and style manages to score high marks, as well as in terms of versatility, being perhaps the most configurable 10 incher available out there. I can see myself getting one if money where not a problem, but in a segment dominated by cheap devices, it’s pretty obvious this will not become a best seller. As it is expensive and has its flaws.
HP Mini 5103 Review: Business Class Netbook Continues Tradition
9 November 2010
Excerpt: The HP Mini 5103 netbook is the latest business class netbook from HP, continuing on the style and design of the HP Mini 5102 (review), offering users a very portable package with more durability and extra features than we typically see in a netbook. The price is a bit higher for these extra features, but well worth it for netbook purchasers who plan to use the small device for business, For a look at how the Mini 5103 is different from consumer netbooks, take a look at...
Pros: Durable design, highly viewable screen – even outdoors, Great keyboard, Extra software
Summary: Back in April I reviewed an HP Mini Netbook, the model 5102 and I found it too be fairly decent overall. They’ve just updated the mini to the 5103 and I’ve got it for review today. The CPU is a low power Intel Atom N550, and it comes with 2gigs of DDR3 ram along with a 160gb hard drive and it has a 95% full sized keyboard that’s even spill-resistant.
Pros: Cool and quiet, Touch screen, Looks great and is well made, Nice keyboard
Cons: Price might be considered high with touch screen, Battery life isn’t the greatest
HP Mini 5103 Business Class Netbook First Impressions
20 October 2010
Excerpt: HP recently updated the company’s business class netbook , the HP Mini 5103 to work with the new dual core Intel Atom N550 processors. The upgrade which added a few new features to the Mini 5012, which we recently reviewed , doesn’t contain many cosmetic changes, sticking with the duracoat keys, metal body and other features that add up for a durable and usable netbook. One new cosmetic change is the addition of the espresso brown color we have in for review.
Excerpt: This sleek Mini has a dual-core Atom processor, gorgeous aesthetics, and arguably the best netbook keyboard yet. But a poorly implemented touch screen, a high price, and the lack of discrete graphics hold it back.
Pros: Ultra-durable, Excellent keyboard, Good looks, Long battery life
Cons: Poor screen, No discrete graphics, Spotty CPU performance, Expensive, No bundled touch software beyond Windows Touch Pack
Summary: The HP Mini 5103 is still a solid business netbook with one of the best included software offerings in its class. Its relatively high price tag (starting at $542, $668 as configured) will deter those looking for an inexpensive netbook, but its dual-core Atom processor, rugged yet stylish frame, and security features will appeal to executives on the go.
Pros: Good keyboard, Robust multimedia performance, Excellent SMB software and security package
Cons: Doesn't last as long as predecessor, Expensive, Small touchpad, Narrow viewing angles, Middling performance scores
Summary: Overall, the HP Mini 5103 is an attractive and high performance netbook — which is to say, it’s still a pretty low performance laptop. With a dual core Atom N550 processor, the netbook is definitely faster than the average mini-laptop at some… maybe most tasks. But it’s not really
much faster, and it’s hard to say whether it’s worth paying for this upgrade option without knowing exactly how much HP will charge for the netbook with the Atom N550 CPU.