Review: Hewlett-Packard Mini 5102

PCWorld: Review – Hewlett-Packard Mini 5102

The great features, including ruggedized body and touchscreen, make it a good netbook for business, but for the price, you could buy a pretty decent laptop.

The Mini 5102 is the latest in HP’s line of business-optimized netbooks, featuring a ruggedized metal chassis and design elements tailored for the office road warrior. It does a great job of offering features that business users care about, but they come at a considerable price; the configuration we tested, with a touchscreen, 2GB of RAM, an Atom N450 CPU, and an extended six-cell battery, clocks in at around $729–easily the cost of a larger, more full-featured laptop.

The fit and finish are excellent, if a bit angular. The brushed metal finish on the lid is handsome and doesn’t attract fingerprints or smudges. If you don’t like basic black, you can pay $28 more for a red or blue finish. Open the lid and you’ll find a keyboard that is quite easy to type on, with extra-wide , , and keys. It has a good clicky feel with plenty of travel, but no backlight or keyboard light for working in the dark. The touchpad looks a little small (a common problem with netbooks), but in practice it isn’t much of a problem. It tracks well, and the buttons are separate, distinct, and easy to use accurately without looking at them.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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