HP Mini 5101 review

HP updates it's netbook range but it is sadly hobbled by Vista

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Our Verdict

The combination of Intel Atom CPUs and Windows Vista have never been a match made in heaven but the build quality of the HP makes this a tempting netbook all the same

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600

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  • Good screen
  • Great build quality
  • Good connectivity


  • Windows Vista on a netbook

We've been impressed with several of HP's netbooks, although they've struggled to match the best machines on the market. The Mini 5101 is the latest and has a lot to offer.

The conservative matt-black design is highlighted by a brushed-aluminium lid. It feels more grown up than other netbooks, but some users will find it duller as a result.

The excellent keyboard spans the full width of the chassis. Each of the keys sticks up through individual holes in the chassis and have a lot of travel, making it comfortable to use over long periods.

The strong chassis and soft-touch plastics hide scuffs and scratches well. There's some flex to the screen, but it's still tough enough for daily use.

The screen is bright and colourful, despite the standard matt-TFT finish. Reflections and fingerprints are well suppressed in bright conditions. The 1024 x 600-pixel resolution is no better than average, but HP is also selling the 5101 at the same price through its website with a higher 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, making this model somewhat redundant.

Windows Vista

With a budget Intel Atom processor in place, performance is hobbled by Windows Vista. It can be improved by uninstalling unnecessary programs and turning the settings to basic, where it's able to run smoothly.

The battery life of 198 minutes is reasonable, if unexceptional. Three USB ports offer good connectivity for your peripherals, and those wanting to connect a projector or external monitor can do so via the VGA port.

Wireless connectivity is excellent, with 802.11n Wi- Fi and Bluetooth both in place.

The HP Mini 5101 is a good choice for business users, with top-quality connectivity letting you keep in touch with the office when out and about. It's also comfortable, with an excellent keyboard but other models in the range are more appealing, and the price tag will be out of reach of many users.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGraphics Media Accelerator 950
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time4.50 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Product FamilyMini 5101
Processor ModelN280
Operating SystemWindows XP Home
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Cache512 KB
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE, RoHS
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset Model945GSE Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height23.2 mm
Width262 mm
Depth180 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Series5101
Product NameMini 5101 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineMini
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNN368EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing InformationMini Executive. Maximize mobility. Mini 5101 Netbook is designed for mobile professionals who want a lightweight mini PC with a 10.1-inch diagonal LED-backlit display and integrated WLAN to keep you connected on the go.
Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Mini 5101 Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed667 MHz