Thursday, January 7, 2010

Review: HP Mini 110

The HP Mini 110 may not be the best netbook, in fact it's probably not even an average one.

Starting with the software HP includes gigs of demo and trial bloatware programs for you to deinstall. I also like how HP links to LifeLock as a favorite to "protect your identity". I guess that it HP's way of saying that the Mini 110 is for suckers.

Once you have finished deinstalling all of the useless software it is time to clean the outside of the computer. HP thoughtfully included a cleaning cloth, which is good because the machine is a fingerprint magnet.

The audio connector is in a 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS configuration, which makes it iPhone compatible but incompatible with the headset you probably already own. They did not include an adapter.

In terms of buttons, the power switch and the wifi switch both look like they will break sooner or later. The mouse buttons are also awkwardly positioned to the sides of the touchpad. In Linux the WiFi switch has problems.

Overall the build quality feels really cheap, especially when compared to a decent netbook like the Dell Latitude 2100.

On the upside the charger is pretty small, the keyboard seems ok for a netbook and the card reader slot allows card to be inserted so they are flush with the case. That is about all the good things I can say. Oh, and it has USB ports.

<troll>I didn't know HP still made computers</troll>, but now that I have seen one of their recent models, I wonder if maybe they should just stop making computers. This computer would work well for an autonomous underwater vehicle, as you won't mind losing it when it sinks to the bottom of the sea.

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