Friday, October 23, 2009

HP Mini 110 Pink Chic

Yesterday I received my HP Mini 110 in gorgeous Pink Chic.  I was very hesitant about the color -- I was worried it would look dull, but I am so glad that I went with the Pink Chic because it is gorgeous!  

The HP Mini 110 is one of the netbooks (small laptops) that HP is currently offering.  It is very comparable to the Dell Mini 10, although the Dell version is offered in more colors.  The Mini 110 starts at $299; to add Pink Chic or White Swirl there is an additional charge of $20.  The standard color is a pretty sparkly swirled black.

I'm a Mac person, but I have been craving a tiny laptop to take with me when I travel and to my graduate classes.  Verizon FIOS was offering a free HP Mini to new customers, so I signed up for FIOS and got a certificate for $299 off of any purchase at HP.  With taxes and the color-matching sleeve, my new Mini came out to around $50.  Not bad!

I went with the standard 3 cell battery, which I can already see is going to be a problem.  I was hesitant about getting the 6 cell battery because it is larger and would therefore raise the back of the netbook, which I think would be annoying.

I debated between the 160 GB SATA hard drive and the 8 GB Solid State, but eventually went with the 160 SATA drive.  Two days later, the options have all changed -- now you can get the 160 SATA, a 250 SATA for $30 more (I would have gone for this if it was offered), or a 32 GB Solid State for $100 more.

It has a 1 GB memory, so no storing photos on here!  There is currently no option to upgrade to a higher memory.  

There is an included webcam, which is cool.  The screen is antiglare, which I like (Mac makes you pay extra for that).

The keyboard is smaller than a traditional keyboard -- but not by much.  It will take a little getting used to, but it is not so much smaller that it is unusable.  The keys are closer together than I am used to also.  The "1" key looks like it was chopped in half, which was an odd decision.

The track pad is tiny -- it looks like they could have made it larger, and I really wish they would have.  What I do like is that it has click keys on either side of the track pad, so I can scroll with my right hand and click with my left (although I don't always want to use two hands for scrolling).  What I love about the trackpad is this set of dots that runs alongside the right click key (where my thumb is).  If you slide your finger up and down those dots, they act as a scroll, which is very cool -- two thumbs up for that feature!

It certainly runs slower than my Mac (my old Mac!), but I guess that is just something you're going to have to deal with in these smaller computers.  It multifunctions fairly well and runs quietly.  

Overall, I am very impressed with the Mini 110 and I'm really looking forward to using it more.  I don't think it could function as a replacement to a full-sized laptop or desktop, but for using on the go, it is a great little computer.  

I would like to find an adapter so that I could plug my Mini into my car outlet, since I do a lot of work on the road.  I haven't been able to find one... any suggestions?


Anonymous said...

That is so cute! And not as expensive as I would have thought, wow.

Bunny Masseuse said...

I have both a HP dv7t and dv something or nother with the 17" screen and other goodies. No problems with either! One I've had for over a year, the other for 8 months or so.

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