Price: Approximately £350
Size: 8.9 inches
Weight: 1.3 kg
Battery Life: Up To 4.5 Hours
Processor Speed: 1.2 GHz
Hard Drive: 120 GB
RAM: 1GB DDR2
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Smalllaptopsguide.com would definitely give this HP laptop a 5 star rating amongst its competitors. Whilst being sturdy, the HP is a very high spec PC, as good as any other larger sized laptop and the battery life of four hours is also more than adequate.
With the Asus Eee dominating the small laptop sector, HP wants to bully its way in to the mindset of travellers packing light with a mini notebook of its own. Weighing in at just 1.27kg, sporting a glossy 8.9-inch screen and only 33mm thick the HP 2133 Mini-Note is small but solid.
Compared to the Asus Eee PC, it’s wider and heavier, but the same depth and thickness. It’s also considerably sturdier and nowhere near as flimsy.
That extra width benefits mainly the keyboard with the HP mini-note small laptop sporting a QWERTY keyboard that is 92% the size of a full-size offering. It’s clear that the extra size offered here makes typing considerably easier than the Eee. At 92%, keys are virtually full size and the keyboard is laid out as standard offering no surprises.
As with most laptop keyboards the F keys double up as shortcuts and you’re able to set screen brightness, as well as control volume all at the press of two buttons.
Above the keyboard is the glossy 8.9-inch screen that sports a resolution up to 1280 x 768. Slightly over-reflective, certainly out in the sun, this resolution also suffers from being small meaning you’ll have to strain your eyes to see what is going on. For us, we preferred running it at 1024 x 768. There is also an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam.
Either side of the keyboard are the notebook’s speakers in a similar arrangement to the Asus Eee 7-inch screen model. Sound, given the size, is surprisingly good, offering a well-rounded sound on the range of music and video that we listened to.
Below the keyboard is a tiny trackpad (3 x 6cm). While widescreen to emulate the display, the small size means it’s almost impossible to use. More confusing is that the left and right buttons have been moved to either side of the trackpad rather than below. It might sound petty, but we still can’t get used to it and our recommendation would be to get yourself a laptop mouse ASAP if you plan do use the pointer to any degree of normality. Luckily you can turn it off to stop accidental use.
When it comes to connections there aren’t masses but enough to get you out of trouble. Being so small there obviously isn’t a CD or DVD drive, however you do get a PC Express card slot alongside an SD card reader, two USB sockets, an Ethernet socket and VGA out so you can plug it in to a monitor so you can see what you are doing in the office. There is also a hard button for wireless connectivity so you can easily turn Wi-Fi on and off.
Inside and compared to the Eee’s specs the HP 2133 Mini-Note will run around it in circles. Sporting a 1.2GHz Via C7-M ULV processor this isn’t the fastest machine on the block but certainly enough to do remote working, checking emails, writing documents and surfing the web. Strangely you won’t be able to get the 1.6GHz version as offered in the US.
Memory is upgradable to 2048MB and the system we had shipped with 1790MB of DDR2, 667MHz, although the standard configuration is 1GB.
The biggest difference to the Eee is the hard drive. A whopping 120GB model compared to the Asus 900 Windows XP 12GB model means this is a fully-fledged laptop for storing media on the go and means you won’t be having to worry about storage issues. It also means you can effectively store movies on the HP 2133 Mini-Note and negates the need for a DVD drive even further.
The system comes with either Linux or Windows Vista Business operating systems depending on what you need and the price varies accordingly. Rather than follow Asus’ model and offer the same price point but with varying hardware specs. HP will simply charge you an £85 premium for Vista bringing the HP 2133 mini-note up to a non-budget £385.
Battery life again depends on what you are doing, however without a CD/DVD drive to burn through it, it’s considerably longer than you might expect. There are two battery options for the mini-note, a three- or six-cell option. We had a unit with the six-cell battery and this is large enough to raise the laptop at an angle. Aside from giving us around 4 hours of charge it also makes the keyboard slightly easier to use. Although it has to be noted it means the design isn’t flush on the backside of the laptop.
- Product Description: HP 2133 Mini-Note VIA C7-M ULV Processor 1.2 GHz. 8.9″ TFT
- Colour: Grey
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 25.5 cm x 3.3 cm x 16.5 cm
- Weight: 1.3 kg
- Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, Wireless LAN aerial
- Processor: VIA C7-M 1.6 GHz ULV
- Cache Memory: 128 KB – L2 Cache
- RAM: 1 GB (installed) / 2 GB (max) – DDR2 SDRAM – 667 MHz ( 1 x 1GB )
- Hard Drive: 120GB Serial ATA-150 – 5400 rpm
- Display: 8.9″ TFT 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA )
- Graphics Controller: VIA Chrome 9
- Audio Output: Sound Card
- Input Device: Keyboard, touchpad
- Wireless NIC: Broadcom 4311AG
- Networking: Network adapter – Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g
- Notebook Camera: Integrated
- Battery: Lithium Ion
- Run Time: Up To 4.5 hours
- Operating System available: Windows / Linux
- Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
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