HP Mini 5102: A Business Class Netbook, But Upgrades Will Cost You

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I took a look at the HP Mini 5102 netbook and recorded the entire process in the above video. I cut out the bad stuff and left in the good stuff.

I reviewed the base level model, which sells for $415. It’s got a 1.66GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, 4-cell battery and Windows 7 Starter. The screen measures 10.1 inches and has a resolution of 1024×600, which is the computer industry’s idea of a long, drawn-out April Fools’ joke.

On the plus side, the 5102’s build quality is excellent. It’s a business netbook, through and through–the aluminum casing, spacious keyboard, and useable-but-small touchpad are top notch. There’s a quick-boot Linux web browser that takes 30 seconds to go from powered off to fully online and the RAM door on the underside of the machine can be opened without a screwdriver.

The anemic innards make everything run a bit sluggishly, although you can configure your own unit on HP’s site. Curiously, there’s quite a price jump between pre-configured models and build-to-order models. The model I reviewed sells for $415 out the door but if you want to add a 1366×768 resolution screen and a 6-cell battery, it’ll cost almost $700.

Check out the above video for a full rundown.

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