HP Mini 311


HP Mini 311Notebook: HP Mini 311 (Mini 311 Series)
Processor: Intel Atom N280
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 400 euro
Average Score: 72.1% - average
Average of 10 scores (from 18 reviews)
price: 58%, performance: 77%, features: 93%, display: 60% mobility: 62%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: 19%, emissions: 80%

Reviews for the HP Mini 311

73% Netbook Review: HP Mini 311
Source: Hardware Central English
There are a variety of build-to-order options, ranging from $20 for a white- instead of black-swirly-patterned lid to $30 for 2GB of memory and the same for a 250GB hard disk (or a hefty $210 for an 80GB solid-state drive). But as nice as the 11.6-inch screen and Ion graphics adapter are, we'd vote for a price premium of $50 to $70 rather than a full $100, at least until the Ion 2 version arrives.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/04/2010
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 80%
90% HP Mini 311
Source: Maximum PC English
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 in a doubtless long line of Ion-enabled netbooks, but if this is the shape of things to come, we’re excited.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
HP Mini 311 Review
Source: English
The HP Mini 311 alone could be looked at as a stylish and high quality netbook, but the infusion of Nvidia ION, and the performance that it provides, really pushes the Mini 311 beyond just good netbook, and in to the realm of great value. Adding to this value is a high resolution screen, good battery life, HDMI output, optional 3G cellular internet, and probably most importantly, a reasonable price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/24/2010
Rating: price: 90% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
HP Mini 311 review
Source: Liliputing English
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, you may be better off with the Asus Eee PC 1201N, which has NVIDIA ION graphics and a dual core Atom processor. It’s not as speedy at CPU-intensive tasks as the Acer Aspire 1410 or higher priced CULV powered notebooks. But the Eee PC 1201N will be faster than the HP Mini 311 at most tasks, and should offer similar graphics capabilities.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/19/2009
performance: 80%
HP Mini 311 Ion-Based Netbook Review
Source: Hot Hardware English
If you're in the market for a netbook, it's hard to recommend any machine right now. Intel is widely expected to launch at least one (if not two) new Atom models at CES in just a few weeks, and while they probably won't be huge steps up from the existing N270/N280, they'll still be somewhat more capable. The 1.6GHz N270 in this machine is feeling old at this point. The Ion GPU definitely breaths new life into it, but at over $500, the particular configuration we tested still isn't as potent as we would like it to be.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/14/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 40% display: 60% emissions: 80%
HP Mini 311 Review
Source: English
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 networking (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and play World of Warcraft then the HP Mini 311 is a great ultraportable laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/05/2009
Rating: performance: 60% mobility: 80%
Review: HP Mini 311 netbook
Source: English
At $399 HP’s Mini 311 is almost impossible to beat right now. It offers up a lot of graphics power, a very good battery life, and a nice design. Not everyone is going to like the white and while it is available in black as well, both colors use HP’s swirl pattern on the lid. The system isn’t as nicely put together as HP’s business-class 5101, but it shouldn’t have any problems holding up. Obviously it scores a lot of points for having ION on-board, so once more ION systems are available there will be more competition and it could lose some luster.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/04/2009
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 90%
HP Mini 311: Netbooks get ION
Source: AnandTech English
NVIDIA's ION platform for netbooks has a lot of interesting concepts. With the use of GPUs for more tasks — especially video decoding and editing — is it possible to pair a faster integrated GPU with an Atom processor and create a compelling system? Comparing the HP Mini 311 with other Atom-based netbooks, we would be inclined to answer in the affirmative. However, Atom netbooks aren't the only game in town.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/22/2009
performance: 70%
70% HP Mini 311 (Verizon Wireless)
Source: Laptop Mag English
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 could be powerful enough to be your primary PC. We wish the touchpad were smoother and that the system lasted longer on a charge, but overall the Mini 311 is the best subsidized netbook yet for those who want broadband connectivity on the go.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% HP Mini 311 netbook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
HP's Mini 311 is an 11.6in netbook that weighs 1.4kg. It's one of the first netbooks to come with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled. It's also one of the first to use NVIDIA's ION platform, with an NVIDIA system chipset and integrated GeForce 9400M graphics processor. A big screen, fast graphics and good hard drive performance are just some of the things to like about HP's first Windows 7-based netbook. It's a great unit for anyone who wants to view high-definition video content while on the go and it's comfortable enough to use for extended periods.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% HP Mini 311
Source: CNet English
The Netbook wars have heated up, with PC makers adding upscale features such as larger HD displays and faster low-voltage CPUs to systems, in an effort for push prices up past the usual $299-$399 range. HP's Mini 311 adds a larger, high-definition display and advanced graphics to a basic Netbook, while keeping the price very appealing. Once it starts shipping with Windows 7, this could become our favorite Netbook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% HP Mini 311
Source: PC Mag English
Talk—there's been a lot of it ever since Nvidia announced that its Ion chipset would allow netbooks to run full 1080p movie clips, speed up video transcoding, and play 3D games. Lenovo and Samsung announced they would carry Ion-based netbooks, but both companies have yet to produce one for retail. Leave it to HP to take the initiative with the first Ion-based netbook on the market. The Mini 311 offers moderate gaming and HD playback benefits, but they're not compelling enough to beat out other top netbook contenders.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/07/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
HP Mini 311 reviewed – close to 6 hrs battery life
Source: Netbookchoice English
Following on from the HP Mini 311 benchmarks that appeared yesterday, Laptop Mag has released its review of the ION-powered netbook. Overall, it scored highly, earning a coveted ‘Editors Choice’ award. Whilst we’d already seen that performance was way ahead than your traditional netbook, we didn’t know how much of a hit this took on battery life. Luckily, battery life wasn’t compromised. In their tests, they managed to get a very respectable 5 hours and 46 minutes out of the 6-cell battery. Combine this with a reasonable $399 price point, and sleek chassis, it seems that HP are onto a winner with the Mini 311. Check out the key review points after the break.80
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/07/2009
Rating: price: 80% mobility: 80%
80% HP Mini 311
Source: Laptop Mag English
HP’s Ion-powered netbook delivers strong graphics performance and long battery life in a sleek package. With the Mini 311, HP has broken the netbook mold; no longer will users be limited to simple activities on these small systems, nor will they have to pay upwards of $600 for portability and performance. At its $399 price, consumers in the market for an inexpensive system can’t go wrong with this notebook. While we would have liked a better touchpad, the Mini 311 offers dramatic performance benefits in comparison to traditional netbooks while still offering nearly six hours of battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/06/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% HP Mini 311
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
The HP Mini 311 is the first netbook with the NVIDIA ION chipset and graphics, which earns it praise and a smidgen of reservation. It's a great machine for the price and the graphics performance makes video playback other than high quality Flash video pleasant and gaming is a go. But we haven't seen the competition yet, so we can't tell you where it stands against yet to be released Ion netbooks. Given the standards control that Microsoft and Intel work on the netbook platform, we don't expect major differences from other brands however.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

49% HP Compaq Mini 311 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 49% price: 40% performance: 100% features: 100% mobility: 21% ergonomy: 19%
49% HP Compaq Mini 311
Source: T-Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 49% price: 40% performance: 100% features: 100% mobility: 21% ergonomy: 19%
Testbericht: HPs Compaq Mini 311 mit Nvidia Ion
Source: Netbux German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/15/2009
performance: 80%


NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE): Integrated (shared Memory) graphics adapter. Built in in current MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air laptops and also used in the ION (LE) platform for netbooks. Also called GeForce 9400M G. Fastest available motherboard GPU (in 2009). Integrated PureVideo HD (VP3) video processor to decode HD videos with the GPU.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).


Power efficient, cheap and slow Netbook single core CPU. Because of the in-order execution, the performance per MHz is worse than Core Solo or Celeron M processors. Compared to the N270, the N280 is only minimally higher clocked and offers a higher FSB.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.5 kg:

This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.

HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

HP reviews

72.1%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU

Apple MacBook White Late 2009
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE), Core 2 Duo P8600, 13.3", 2.3 kg
Apple MacBook Air 2009-06 2.1 GHz MC234*/A
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE), Core 2 Duo SL9600, 13.3", 1.346 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch (06/09)
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE), Core 2 Duo P8400, 13.3", 2.1 kg
Apple MacBook White 2009/05
GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE), Core 2 Duo P7450, 13.3", 2.22 kg

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HP Elitebook 725-F1Q18EA
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), Kaveri A8 Pro-7150B, 12.5", 1.4 kg
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, Core i7 5500U, 12.5", 1.3 kg
HP Chromebook 11 G3
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HP Stream 13-C080no
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HP Pavilion 13-b102TU
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HP Stream 11-d020nr
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Celeron N2840, 11.6", 1.2 kg
HP Stream 13-c020nr
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HP Stream 11-d001dx
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Celeron N2840, 11.6", 1.2 kg
HP EliteBook 725 G2
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HP Spectre 13-3010ea
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HP EliteBook 820 G1-F1R78AW
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HP Spectre 13-H200EF
HD Graphics (Haswell), Core i7 4500U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
HP Spectre 13 Pro
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HP Spectre 13-3000eo
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HP Spectre 13-3090EF
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HP Spectre 13-3010eg
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HP Spectre 13t-3000
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HP EliteBook 820 G1
HD Graphics 4400, Core i5 4200U, 12.5", 1.3 kg
HP Pavilion Sleekbook TouchSmart 11-e010sg
Radeon HD 8210, A-Series A4-1250, 11.6", 1.4 kg
HP ProBook 430-G1
HD Graphics 4400, Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.6 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-10-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)