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HP Mini 311

alaTest has collected and analyzed 346 reviews of HP Mini 311. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the design and portability. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the touchpad.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Mini 311 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of HP Mini 311 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Comments about the reliability and portability are on the whole positive. The price and screen are also appreciated, but many are negative about the touchpad.

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92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Compaq Mini 311c-1010SA 11.6-inch Netbook (Windows XP Home, Intel Atom Processor N270, NVIDIA ION Graphics, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive, WiCompaq Mini 311c-1101SA PC (11.6-inch LED Display, Windows XP Home, Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 160 GB SATA HDD, 802.11 b/g/n NetworkinHP Compaq 311C-1020SA 11.6" Netbook (Intel Atom N270, 1GB, 160GB, Wireless Bluetooth, NVIDIA Graphics, XP Home)

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for HP Mini 311


alaTest has collected and analyzed 165 user reviews of HP Mini 311 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People really like the price and screen. The portability and usability are also appreciated. There are some critical opinions about the touchpad and reliability.

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reliability, touchpad

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Mini 311-1000NR 11.6-Inch Black Netbook - Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery LifeHP Mini 311-1025NR 11.6-Inch Black Netbook - Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)Hp Mini 311-1037nr Laptop Netbook 11.6" HD Screen 2Gig Ram 160Gig HD 1.6Ghz Intel Atom WebCam

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Nathan Edwards (

HP Mini 311


To say that netbooks have historically been hobbled by Intel's integrated graphics is to unfairly ignore their slow single-core CPUs, 1GB RAM maximum, miniscule keyboards, and awkward screen resolutions. It's an unfair assertion, of course­—netbooks...

Current-gen graphics; great screen; HDMI out; 1366x768 res; good build; supports up to 3GB DDR3

Mushy keyboard; still stuck with single-core Atom processor

Though the Mini 311 is still hampered by the long-in-the-tooth Atom N280 processor, the Ion graphics make up for it. HD video and actual gaming capability on a netbook, plus HDMI-out and up to 3GB of DDR3 RAM? Heck yes. The Mini 311 is only the first...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: ZDNet (

HP Mini 311


HP's Mini 311 adds a larger, high-definition display and advanced graphics to a basic netbook, while keeping the price very appealing.

Nvidia Ion graphics adds HD video and basic gaming functionality, Reasonably priced, High-def display

Annoying touch pad

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Jerry Jackson (

HP Mini 311 Review


The HP Mini 311 promises the best possible netbook experience thanks to the use of Nvidia's Ion graphics. Can this netbook with an 11-inch screen, HDMI, and a great keyboard overcome the limits of Intel's Atom processor? Keep reading to find out.

Nvidia Ion graphics boost performance ; Improved port selection ; Good battery life

Still using weak Atom processor ; Good graphics limited by CPU ; Touchpad surface isn't great

At the end of the day HP created a very nice netbook with an 11-inch screen, reasonably powerful graphics, and a nice keyboard ... and then crippled it with Intel's Atom processor. If all you want to do is very basic web browsing, email, social...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Michael A. Prospero (

HP Mini 311 (Verizon Wireless)


Nvidia Ion graphics and built-in 3G wireless make this netbook a good value.

With the HP Mini 311, Verizon Wireless is selling the first 3G netbook that performs like a notebook. Nvidia's powerful graphics give travelers the ability to do more than consume media; they can now create it. Depending on your needs, this machine...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (

HP Mini 311


The Mini 311 offers moderate gaming and HD playback benefits, but they're not compelling enough to beat out other top netbook contenders.

Better graphics than Intel-based netbooks. Big 11.6-inch widescreen. Good resolution. HDMI-Out port included

Keyboard is only 92 percent of full size. Mouse buttons are noisy. ION can't handle high-end games and didn't deliver on 1080p playback

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Darren Gladstone (

HP Mini 311-1000NR


Commuting to work this morning, I was playing Left 4 Dead on HP's Mini 311-1000NR--that's right, on a netbook. Few netbooks are up to that task, and HP is first to market with an nVidia Ion-based portable. The 3.22-pound, 11.4-by-8.0-by-1.2-inch Mini...

An honest-to-God discrete GPU in a netbook ; Reasonable power for the price

Glossy screen a little tough for outdoor use

While still in testing, the first Ion netbook so far delivers on its promise: The first truly affordable netbook that can play games and HD video has arrived.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Ross Miller (

HP Mini 311 reviewed with earnest, ION-enhanced affection


It's taken longer than we thought for a honest-to-goodness NVIDIA ION-powered within arm's reach, but sure enough the HP Mini 311 accomplishes just that. Laptop's managed one of the first reviews, and much like what the site intimated with earlier ...

Oct, 2009

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Expert review by: Michael A. Prospero (

HP Mini 311


HP's Ion-powered netbook delivers strong graphics performance and long battery life in a sleek package.

Excellent graphics performance ; Stylish design ; Good battery life ; Loud speakers

Touchpad has too much friction ; Slow boot time

There's no surprises when it comes to the port selection on the Mini 311. On the left side is a USB and HDMI port; on the right is Ethernet, VGA, two USB, headphones, and a 3-in-1 memory card reader

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (

HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review


Earlier this year Verizon Wireless introduced their first netbook, the HP Mini 1151NR, which was then followed by the Gateway LT2016u and HP Mini 110-1046NR. All of which used the outdated, but reliable, Windows XP SP3 Home Edition. The new HP Mini...

Dec, 2009

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HP Mini 311 Review


HP Mini 311 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the HP Mini 311 and comparisons to other Netbooks

Suitable for video streaming and light gaming; Impressive speakers; Good battery

Not the most stylish netbook; Annoying touchpad; Upgrades can get pricey

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications

Enjoy life in high definition - with HD display; enjoy your HD movies while on the go, anywhere, any time. At 11.6-inch, HP Mini 311-1000 PC series has the biggest screen in the HP mini family. One stop web and entertainment companion, functional, fun and easy to use and carry. It is the thinnest HP mini. You can stay connected everywhere, stay connected with friends, and stay in sync with your content with email, chat, web conferencing, VOIP, WLAN, webcam.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:11.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):29.5cm
Max Resolution:1366 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Mini

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Color:Black swirl


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Bluetooth / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/Bluetooth / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium/Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


Clock Speed:1.6GHz
Processor Number:N270


Installed Size:1GB/2GB
Max Supported Size:3GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB
Notebook Type:Netbook
Recommended Use:Home use

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA ION/NVIDIA ION LE