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HP MINI 5101

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the battery and performance are on the whole positive. The build quality and keyboard are also appreciated, whereas views are divided on the value for money. Some have doubts about the reliability and touchpad.

screen, keyboard, build quality, performance, battery

touchpad, reliability

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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for HP MINI 5101

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of HP MINI 5101 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

performance, screen, build quality, portability, value for money

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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 LifeHP Mini 5101 FM956UT 10.1-Inch Netbook - Up to 4.5 Hours of Battery Life

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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.

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HP Mini 5101

 

Businessmen don't use netbooks. Sure, all-day battery life would be nice for those long flights. They do fit awfully nice in most briefcases, too. And the Intel Atom is more than enough for Firefox, Excel and Skype. But the humble netbook has always...

Durable and attractive matte black finish ; Sturdy magnesium chassis ; Drop protection and other business add-ons ; Respectable performance ; Superior battery life (with optional six-cell battery) ; Reasonably priced

Clammy fingers stick on glossy trackpad ; Average keyboard

Any number of slimmer, sexier or longer-lasting netbooks might step up if you're less concerned with durability, but for road warriors, the Mini 5101 is just what the CEO ordered.

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HP's Newest Netbook Flaunts Minimalist Design, Middling Performance

 

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 Yan Can Cook.

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HP Mini 5101 (Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, XP Home Basic)

 

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.

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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.

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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 has an impressive array of accoutrements: aluminum and magnesium shell for lightweight ...

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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...

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HP Mini 5101

 

The HP Mini 5101 is much improved version over HP's previous netbooks, but you'll have to pay extra for many of its fringe benefits—if they become available.

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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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...

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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...

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 Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):4.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:7.1in
Height:0.9in
Weight:2.6lbs
Width:10.3in

Display (Projector)

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

Environmental Standards

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:5101
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Mini

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:533MHz

Miscellaneous

Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy

Modem

Type: None

Networking

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
Type:Network adapter
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

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

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

Processor

Clock Speed:1.66GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Number:N280
Type:Atom

RAM

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950