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HP Mini Beats 210 review

Fetching netbook with Beats audio and middling performance

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good build quality
  • Nice design
  • Beats audio works well with headphones
  • Connectivity
  • Storage

Against

  • Basic performance
  • In-built speakers could be better
  • Large screen bezel
  • Screen resolution a bit low

The spotlight on netbooks has pretty much faded these days. But these stripped-down laptops offer an excellent alternative choice when considering a potential holiday companion.

The HP Mini Beats 210-3025sa will offer you basic performance and a pretty decent battery life wrapped up in a chassis that is light, portable and perfect for taking on your travels.

As netbooks go, the HP Mini Beats is a bit of a looker. The smooth black and silver chassis has plenty of curves and isn't plastered with stickers or markings. Even the recognizable Beats audio branding is limited to a small logo on the screen bezel.

The all-black isolation keyboard also looks great. Unfortunately, like other netbooks, typing is a bit of a cramped affair. We preferred the experience of the Eee Pad Slider's slide-out keyboard to the HP Mini Beats.

Another sour point is that while the screen is bright and crisp, the bezel we mentioned earlier is particularly thick and a little distracting. Other netbooks, such as the Samsung NC110 have managed to cut the bezel size to improve the screen and we'd have liked to have seen that here.

Predictably, the smaller 10.1-inch screen means a lesser resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels - matching the Asus Eee Pad Slider for density.

Beats audio

HP mini beats

If you plan to use the HP Mini Beats to enjoy TV, movies or music then it's worth investing in some good headphones to get the most out of the Beats audio. We've seen this technology in other HP machines and while the netbook speakers produce an admirable amount of volume and depth, for the best results you'll need to use the headphone socket.

Performance is not one of the HP Mini Beats' strong points. On board is a dual-core Intel Atom N570 1.6GHz chip and only 1GB of RAM. The result is that browsing the Windows 7 Starter OS is usually smooth and easy until you start multitasking heavily. Then there's some slowdown and, on a few occasions, we had folders become unresponsive.

If you have a lot of media then the 250GB hard drive might seem a bit small, but this is on the more generous side of netbook storage.

HP has done a commendable job on the connectivity of the Mini Beats; you've got three USB ports, a VGA connection and an Ethernet port as well as a 2-in-1 card reader for adding extra storage space. You can use the 802.11n built-in wireless to surf the web and use the Bluetooth for wirelessly connecting peripherals like headphones.

It's easy to recommend this device when it comes to portability. And because it runs on Windows, there's a much wider choice of software available than in app stores, too.

TechRadar Labs

tech labs

Battery Eater '05: 247 minutes
Cinebench: 1601
3DMark 2006: 134

The HP Mini Beats sits between the Lenovo Z570 and the Asus Eee Pad Slider and we still reckon the netbook platform has something to offer. However, if you're looking for power or portability we'd take the plunge on the Lenovo or the Asus rather than settling for something in between.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 3150
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyMini 210
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelN570
ColourMatte Charcoal Gray
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.39 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT Silver
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 256 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView Infinity
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height32 mm
Width268 mm
Depth191 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series210
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product Model210-3025sa
Product NameMini 210-3025sa PC
Pointing Device TypeClickPad
Product LineMini
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberLT727EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Available in three striking colours, this notebook is for people with an active lifestyle. And with the inline 6-cell battery you get extra power and increase your uptime.

Maximum Memory1 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Mini 210-3025sa PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year