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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. Opinions about the design and keyboard are overall positive. The portability and durability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the price. There are some negative reviews about the touchpad and size.

performance, durability, portability, keyboard, design

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 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the keyboard and usability. The design and durability also get good views. Many are negative about the size. There are some mixed comments about the portability.

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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 LifeHP Mini 5101 FM956UT 10.1-Inch Netbook - Up to 4.5 Hours of Battery Life

Dec, 2015

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: Nick Mokey (

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.

Nov, 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: 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: 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: Vladislav Savov (

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 ...

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: Cisco Cheng (

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

Jul, 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 Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight


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


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

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy


Type: None


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


Clock Speed:1.66GHz
Processor Number:N280


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


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


Storage Removable

Type: None


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

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950