HP Mini Laptops
A look at
popular pink HP Mini laptops.
HP Mini Laptops
The Mini 210 is one of the top-selling pink HP Mini laptops today.
They are not expensive, as far as HP prices go; in fact, their prices
are very comparable with other manufacturers' offerings in the same
The 210 comes with an Intel Atom processor, and enough storage and
speed to get the job done. You'll welcome the Windows 7 Operating
System Starter Edition. It comes with a Bluetooth, a WiFi and a webcam.
You can get some flashy colors, too, which make them more customized.
The Mini 210 has a sleek design that shows a lot of improvement over
the previous models in the same low price range. It's quite thin,
coming in at only 1.1 inches, and it has a satiny-feel without any hard
edges. The housing is basically plastic, but it is well-designed, and
the small 3-cell battery that fits so well inside also gives you four
hours of life. The 210 weighs about three pounds, and feels
sturdy. It's a better looking netbook than this model used to have,
with a design based loosely on the HP Envy.
One of the best new things about the 210 and other pink HP Mini laptops
is the ease with which you can remove the bottom cover, to access the
inside components. Nearly all the casing colors are very cool to the
eyes. The metallic colors are even flashier.
The keyboards for the Mini 210's are as good as you expect from HP,
which is very good. It gives the 10.1" system an excellent typing
experience. You can type easily on the 210, even if you haven't used
netbooks much before. The layout is so close to standard that even long
typing sessions are not difficult. The shift keys are full-sized, and
the only downside is that the arrow keys are smaller than usual. The
reviewers didn't have a major issue with them, but they did mention it.
The Mini 210 more closely resembles the Mini 5102 than it does the Mini
110. The island-style keys are reminiscent of the 5102, but it has
rounder, softer edges, and the chassis reminds most people of the HP
Envy's. The Crystal lid is shiny without looking too glossy or picking
up a lot of fingerprints. If you're looking at a 3-cell
battery-equipped model, it looks elegant and unified, but when you add
the 6-cell battery, it just out from underneath, and raises the netbook
up almost an inch.
The 210 pink HP Mini laptops have a gentle slope
downward, which allows for easy typing, but sometimes limits the
viewing range of its display. The bezel is glossy, and surrounds the
glass display, which kicks back reflections at times. The deck has a
more matte appearance, other than the key spaces.
Similar to the Mini 5012, the keyboard on the Mini 210 has a matte,
rubber-like coating that gives you a pleasant and tactile feel. The
keyboard is roomy for such a small netbook, and most people can reach
their normal typing speed fairly quickly.
The touchpad and integrated touch buttons took a
bit longer to get used to, but overall, they did not detract from the
reviewers, who felt that the netbook is very adequate for its price
The 210 series of pink HP Mini laptops has a button less clickpad,
borrowed from their own HP Envy, which was an idea originally inspired
by the Apple MacBook. The clickpad works very well and this is a
positive addition to the lower-priced netbook, but it's still a far cry
from the MacBook. If you just need to use the clickpad for normal use,
it will probably be fine, but if you're looking for precision, it may
not be the type of clickpad you're looking for.
There's an LED near the clickpad that will shine when you turn the
trackpad off. The working of the two together isn't clear unless you
read the manual - you have to double-tap one corner to re-enable the
You'll like the looks of the BrightView Infinity display. It's a
widescreen, which is a great improvement over the standard of netbook
displays. It has crisp colors and acceptable angles of viewing. The
glossy finish gives you a high quality in images, when you look
straight at the display, but it causes some issues with smudges and
glare. The sound quality is better than you'd expect with a netbook,
and it's evident that HP has been working on it.
The performance of the 210 pink HP Mini laptops is standard for the
size, which is not wonderful, but not awful, either. You can upgrade to
get more RAM, which is what many people do. When you work with a 1GB
model, the computer tends to lag when you're doing intensive work (or
play), and it won't play a movie reliably. But YouTube videos play back
fine, and it's not like people buy netbooks for movies.
You can buy the HP with a Broadcom HD accelerator,
which is worth the money if you want to watch videos a lot. Installing
and uninstalling the programs for the pink HP Mini laptops was somewhat
slow, which is one of just a few problems of the models. These issues
are similar to those that other netbooks have, and choosing the correct
components will make a difference in your daily usage.
The mini 210 battery life is limited if you only get a three-cell
battery, and you can increase this to a six-cell battery for a small
amount more. That is a worthwhile investment for the increase in
battery life on the go. Most of the basic tasks you do will
be intensive as far as battery life goes, so the time away from an
outlet gets eaten away fairly quickly.
Overall, most of the people who have reviewed pink HP Mini laptops like
where the company is headed with them. They did experience some issues,
not with initial exterior looks, but with the scuffs that got on the
outside when they were using them. They enjoyed the easy portability,
and they have said that the extended battery life should be a
worthwhile purchase. It was discovered that for only about $100 in
upgrades, the video playback problems and poor performance can be
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