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HP MINI 5101

alaTest has collected and analyzed 122 reviews of HP MINI 5101. 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 keyboard and design. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the touchpad and size.

durability, performance, portability, design, keyboard

price, size, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP MINI 5101 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of HP MINI 5101 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the keyboard and usability. The design and durability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the size. There are some mixed comments about the portability.

performance, durability, design, usability, keyboard


93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Mini 5101 FM955UT 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - Up to 4.5 Hours of Battery LifeHP Mini 5101 FM955UT 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - Up to 4.5 Hours of Battery Life

Jun, 2018

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HP Mini 5101 netbook approved for use by mini executives


The Mini 5101, or Mini Executive as HP would have it, is now available to purchase, with prices starting at $399.99. While still a netbook at heart, the 5101 h...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Brian X. Chen (

Review: HP Mini 5101 Netbook


HP's new spartan notebook is a minimalist joy. Just don't rely on it for video — the playback has more chop than an episode of...

Attractive, brushed metal aesthetic is welcome change to cluttered look found on many netbooks. Well spaced island keys reminiscent of Apple’s sexy new MacBook keyboard

Weird, choppy QuickTime performance will make latest Transformers movie look like the first Terminator. Battery life weak compared to Asus

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

HP Mini 5101 (Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz review


When we heard that HP was making some big changes to its small business Netbook, we were worried. After all, the current version--the Mini 2140 --is probably our all-time favorite Netbook, thanks to an innovative keyboard (since adopted by HP's...

Revamped version of one of our favorite Netbooks; excellent keyboard and touch pad; sturdy and durable; includes accelerometer; optional higher-resolution display.

Loses its ExpressCard slot; standard Netbook components at a premium price.

HP's biz-minded Mini 5101 is a successor to the Mini 2140 (one of our all-time favorite Netbooks). It looks and feels great, but for a premium-price Netbook, we expect to get more features, not fewer.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Darren Gladstone (

HP Mini 5101


HP pioneered the notion of transforming a netbook into a corporate raider. The idea seems like a budget-conscious no-brainer now, but 18 months ago the HP Mini 2133 was a wolf pack of one. Since then, the netbook market has evolved--and so have HP's...

Great keyboard / mouse controls ; Superior business-ready software suite

Tinny speakers ; Sound is a little tinny

HP's Business-netbook grows up -- and gets better -- by making some long-overdue changes. But it needs a better battery.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

HP Mini 5101


HP's new netbook, the HP Mini 5101, will let you pile on the features, but is the average user willing to pay for them?

Very attractive metallic chassis. 95-percent keyboard is right up there with those on the top netbooks. Mouse buttons are quiet. Bevy of options, including an "HD" resolution, 3G, SSDs and 7,200 rpm HDDs. Good performance scores. 802.11n wireless...

Options can bring up the cost significantly and aren't available for purchase yet. ; Watch our HP Mini 5101 video review!

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Jul, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Michael A. Prospero (

HP Mini 5101 (FM978UT)


This business-friendly netbook offers excellent performance in a durable and attractive design.

In the price-competitive world of netbooks, $425 is a lot to pay for a system whose battery life falls an hour and a half short of those that cost $75 less. However, in the Mini 5101, HP gets a lot of things right: its business-rugged design makes this...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Review HP Mini 5101 Netbook


Netbook with Business Ambitions.Even if it's not actually obvious

Robust case; Good image quality with VGA port; Typing-eager keyboard; Matt display with a high resolution; Useable sound rendering

No digital image output/docking option; Merely 12 month warranty ex-factory; Touchpad needs getting used to; Permanently existent fan

A smaller 29 Wh and a somewhat thicker 55 Wh battery had been included in our pre-sample. Unfortunately, the required larger battery version for an according mobility isn't yet officially available.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : ZDNet (

HP Mini 5101


HP's biz-minded Mini 5101 is a successor to the Mini 2140 (one of our all-time favourite netbooks). It looks and feels great, but for a premium-price netbook, we expect to get more features, not fewer.

Revamped version of one of our favourite netbooks, Excellent keyboard and touch pad, Sturdy and durable, Includes accelerometer, Optional higher-resolution display

Loses its ExpressCard slot, Standard netbook components at a premium price

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Ricky (

HP Mini 5101 Review


HP is here with a brand new laptop the Mini 5101. Now a net book is just like a notebook with more mobility and slower speed. Plus it is really tiny so it won't occupy too much space on your backpack. A net book also comes with modest hardware to...

Great keyboard, good collection of bundled software like HP 3D DriveGuard

Expensive, no ExpressCard slot

The net book is great for web surfing and basic use, the keyboard is great but we are the problem is the price. The HP Mini 5101 is a little expensive for the features it offers. Why would you buy this when there are other net books which offer the...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Brad (

HP Mini 5101 review


But while the HP Mini 5101 has a premium set of features, it doesn't cost much more than a typical netbook. Prices start at about $399

Simply put, the HP Mini 5101 is one of the best netbooks I’ve used in nearly 2 years of covering mini-laptops. There are faster machines out there, but none with a 10 inch display and Intel Atom processor. And you could create your own PC with a...

Oct, 2009

Product Specifications

Mini Executive. Maximize mobility. The HP Mini 5101 is designed for mobile professionals who want a lightweight mini PC, with a 10.1-inch diagonal LED-backlit display.


Audio system:AD1984 / HD Audio / High Definition Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery life (max):4.5 / 9
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3 / 4 / 6
Run Time (Up To):4.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB


Front camera resolution:640 x 480
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Video capturing speed:30


Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Netbook

Dimensions & Weight


Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:160 GB


Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 5:3
Display Diagonal:10.1
Display Resolution:1024 x 600 / 1366 x 768
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:10.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):25.7cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 600
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter output current:1.58
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:30 / 65

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 950 / No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter model:Integrated

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:160 GB


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

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard type:95% full-sized keyboard / AZERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Internal memory:1 / 2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):2
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 1 / 1 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 / 1 x 2
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade:1 / 2


Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy


Type: None


3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 1000
Networking features:10/100/1000 NIC / Marvell Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft 2.0) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-590.6 - 480000
Operating altitude:-590.6 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35 / 5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60 / -20 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60 / -20 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):0.913 x 10.3 x 7.09 / 10.3 x 0.709 x 0.913 / 10.3 x 7.09 x 0.913
Docking solution:HP USB 2.0 Docking Station or HP Essential USB 2.0 Port Replicator (all sold separately)
Expansion Slots:Slots available for additional devices: Secure Digital (SD) slot and MultiMedia Card (MMC)
Graphics:GMA 950
Graphics adapter:GMA 950
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
Hard drive controller type:SATA (7200 rpm)
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Maximum hard drive capacity:250
Minimum hard disk space:160
Modem Type:No modem included
Power Requirements:External 65W HP Smart AC Adapter\n4-cell (29 WHr) high capacity Li-Ion battery / External 65W HP Smart AC Adapter\n4-cell (29 WHr) Li-Ion battery / External 65W HP Smart AC Adapter\n6-cell (55 WHr) high capacity Li-Ion battery
TV in port: No
Wireless option type:Y
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g draft-n / Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/draft-n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11b/g

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Package depth:4.33
Package height:10.2
Package weight:5.6
Package width:16.3
Warranty card: Yes


GPS (satellite):N

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, stereo microphone in, stereo headphone/line out, power connector, RJ-45
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter output current:1.58
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:30 / 65


Bus type:DMI / FSB
Chipset:Intel 945GSE Express / Intel NM10
Clock Speed:1.66GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel 945GSE Express / Intel NM10
Motherboard southbridge:Intel ICH8M
Number of Processing Die Transistors:123 / 47
Processing die size:26 / 66
Processor:N280 / N455
Processor cache:0.5 / 0.512
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Diamondville / Pineview
Processor cores:1
Processor family:Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.66
Processor front side bus:667
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:N280 / N455
Processor Number:N280
Processor operating modes:32-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Atom N200 series / Intel Atom N400 series
Processor socket:FCBGA559
Processor threads:2
Stepping:A0 / C0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):2.5 / 6.5
Tjunction:100 / 90

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:N / Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:41411 / 49491
Processor code:SLBX9 / SLGL9
Processor package size:22
Supported instruction sets:SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Installed Size:1GB/2GB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Password protection:BIOS / Power on
Password protection type:BIOS / Power on
Security management:HP Disk Sanitizer, Kensington Lock slot
Security management description:HP Disk Sanitizer, Kensington Lock slot

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:HP Recovery Manager (Windows Vista only), Roxio Creator 10 (requires separately purchased external optical drive) / MS Office Ready 2007, Corel Office, McAfee Total Protection, MS Live Messenger, Adobe Flash Player, PDF Complete
Drivers included: Yes
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating system architecture:32-bit
Operating system installed:Linux / Windows 7 Starter / Windows Vista Business / Windows XP Home Edition
Optional operating system supplied:Windows XP Professional


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 250
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:160
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 320 / 80

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


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


Video card features:Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.09 / 7.64
Height (front):0.913 / 0.925
Height (rear):1.26
Weight:2.65 / 2.71
Width:10.3 / 10.6