HP Mini 5101
Average of 13 scores (from 17 reviews)
Reviews for the HP Mini 5101
Netbook with Business Ambitions.Even if it's not actually obvious in the mini-notebook's name, HP has put the Mini 5101 among the models their SMB range. Be that as it may, it wouldn't really be distinguished from other current consumer netbooks by its specifications, if it wasn't for one enticing detail: A 10.1 inch LED HD display with a resolution of 1366x766 pixels and that in a matt edition. Interested?
HP updates it's netbook range but it is sadly hobbled by Vista. The HP Mini 5101 is a good choice for business users, with top-quality connectivity letting you keep in touch with the office when out and about. It's also comfortable, with an excellent keyboard but other models in the range are more appealing, and the price tag will be out of reach of many users
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Digital Trends
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 been plagued by an image problem. 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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/19/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Authority
Overall, the battery adds a little bit of extra weight, but the HP Mini 5101 gains from a huge improvement in battery life. Not surprisingly, the battery life was the one weak spot of the HP mini range, but at least with the 5101, an extended battery will lift its rather measly 3hr and 28mins light-use battery life to a far more satisfying 7hrs 19mins.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/16/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%
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 speedier storage system buy replacing your netbook hard drive with a solid state disk. But that takes more money and technical know-how than purchasing an HP Mini 5101 with a 7200rpm hard drive for $400 to $425.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 60%
Source: PC Authority
HP Minis have thus far come in a single, admittedly very stylish, design. They've been at the forefront of comfort and ergonomics, and have set the standard in usability. If looking good is your primary aim, then people could well mistake your Mini 5101 for a slightly cheaper ultraportable, and it's the closest to a true laptop look and feel we've seen in this price range. But the battery life makes it mostly useful for occasional use, rather than the little
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/09/2009
Rating: mobility: 40% ergonomy: 80%
Source: It Pro
HP takes a second stab at the netbook with the Mini 5101. Is this the best portable corporate computer you can buy? HP's second netbook is the best one we’ve yet seen for design and build, and the high resolution display is another highlight. However, unimpressive battery life and high cost take the shine of an otherwise first-rate machine.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 83%
HP has followed up its very good line of netbooks with a great one. The Mini 5101 is nice size, is built well, has a usable keyboard, and gets a performance boost. The battery life is very good (not the best out there though) and while there is a price premium for all this, it’s not that much. Starting at about $399 means that there are cheaper options, but if you demand a bit more of your netbook than most people, you want to use it as a primary mobile device, or you plan on using it for business then that premium won’t seem like much at all. If you start upgrading the system it can get expensive (say you throw in the HD display option, and a larger hard drive, or maybe an SSD) but the right build will leave buyers with one of the best netbooks on the market right now.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/04/2009
Rating: price: 60% performance: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Comp Reviews
HP's Mini 5101 is the successor to the very popular 2140 netbook. This netbook sports an all black look and a switch to a mixed aluminum and magnesium alloy chassis with a soft rubberized coating that gives it an extremely durable feel. HP continues their superb keyboard layout with a new isolated key layout that is still very comfortable to use. It would have been nice to see them continue to include an ExpressCard slot like the older 2140 but it isn't too missed. The Mini 5101 continues their trend as the best business netbook maker.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Small Business Computing
Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that netbooks are a trend to be reckoned with. In fact, these compact, affordable computing and communications companions could account for 17 percent of total notebook unit volume in 2009, according to market-research firm Displaybank, up from 11 percent in 2008. As with other netbooks, the HP Mini 5101 won’t replace your primary PC. It doesn’t have the power for heavy lifting like image- or video-editing. But if you need a take-anywhere Web/e-mail companion that can also be used for light office duty and presentations, the Mini 5101 has all the power and features you’ll need along with a design appropriate for business.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/11/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 70% features: 70%
Source: Computer Shopper
In the continuing evolution of the netbook, each successive generation has rapidly improved the shortcomings of the last. The HP Mini 5101 leapfrogs to the front of the line thanks to a roomier keyboard, very good battery life, and improved performance (compared with other netbooks, at least). HP has also designed in durability and connectivity features that make the Mini 5101 more suitable for business users than most other netbooks, while holding the line on price: The Mini 5101 starts at $399, and our tested configuration is priced at a reasonable $425. The HP Mini 5101 delivers long battery life and slightly improved performance, which puts it on the top of the netbook heap.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 92%
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 consumer Netbooks), full ExpressCard slot, and solid metal construction. 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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 70% features: 70% mobility: 90%
Source: PC Advisor
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 2133 Mini-Note was a wolf pack of one. Since then, the netbook market has evolved - and so have HP's entries in it. The HP Mini 5101 is a smart update, with slickly styled lines, a batch of business-ready apps, and finally a serviceable touchpad. Until <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">UK</st1:place></st1:country-region> pricing is known, it's difficult to offer a definitive verdict on the HP Mini 5101, but it's fair to say that HP has succeeded in delivering a smarter netbook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC World
HP's Business-based netbook grows up--and introduces some long-overdue improvements.
So how much would you pay for this machine? The Mini 5101 starts at $399 and maxes out at $599. As the price goes up, HP stacks on larger hard-disk (or solid-state) drives and more RAM. Once we've completed our testing of the Mini 5101, we'll give you a full update and a final score. In the meantime, it's safe to say HP has succeeded in delivering a smarter netbook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
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 netbook more durable than consumer-focused systems, and its performance is better than the majority of the netbooks on the market. It also has convenient security tools. Road warriors looking for a netbook that can withstand being jostled around would do well to consider the HP Mini 5101.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
HP is hot on the heels of Acer for the top spot in the netbook category. But let's not kid ourselves: Even though HP is very aggressive in pricing, the current Mini 1000 and even the newest Mini 110 (1030us) haven't been able to keep up with the latest netbook trends. Their 92-percent keyboards are dwarfed by the full size ones of other netbooks like the Toshiba mini NB205 and Samsung N120 (12GBK), their decorative patterns are years old, and the mouse buttons are bound like wings to the sides of the touchpad. 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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 44% display: 88% mobility: 89% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 82% emissions: 80%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/15/2009
Rating: features: 80%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
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.
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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 %
81.92%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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