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The HP Mini 5102 is an updated version of the Mini 5101which is one of the best netbooks around. Much like its illustrious predecessor the Mini 5102 is also equipped with a great keyboard and possesses excellent build quality. What is more, it gets around 10+hours of uptime.
The HP Mini 5102 is aimed at small and medium businesses. It is a bit pricier than typical netbooks, but offers value for your money.
HP Mini 5102 specs
Processor: 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 Pine Trail processor
Display: 10.1 inch display with 1024 x 600/1366 x 768 pixels; optional capacitative touchscreen
Operating system: Windows 7 (including Home Premium and Starter Editions), Windows XP Pro or Home, FreeDOS, SUSE Linux
Memory: 1GB to 2GB
Storage: 160/250/320GB7200RPM Hard drive, Optional SSD: 80/128GB
The HP Mini 5102 and Mini 5101 have almost identical looks. But the netbooks are different in some aspects. The HP Mini 5102 is powered by Intel Atom N450 processor. The previous model has an Atom N280 processor. Other differences include the optional touchscreen and higher capacity batteries offered with the Mini 5102.
The HP Mini 5102 gets excellent battery life. The netbook is shipped with higher capacity batteries. The 4 cell battery will power the laptop for up to 4.5 hours. Need more uptime? Opt for the 6-cell battery pack and you should be able to get around 10 hours of runtime.
Design and Build quality
The HP Mini 5102 possesses excellent build quality. The netbook weighs around 2.6 pounds with the 6-cell battery. It is available in blue, black and red colors.
The display is good. Colors are briit and vivid. The Mini 5102 measures around 0.91 inches with the standard display. If you opt for the touch-screen display, you will find the netbook a bit thicker. The capacitive touchscreen recognizes multi-touch gestures such as pinching and zooming.
Keyboard and touchpad
One of the best things about the Mini 5102 is its excellent keyboard. The keyboard is nearly full-sized and verx comfortable to use. The touchpad is the right size for a 10 inch netbook and shows good sensitivity.
Ports and Slots
There are the regular ports and slots. The HP Mini 5102 supports a wide range of connectivity options including Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Ethernet, Bluetooth, optional 3G and GPS.
Performance is excellent. The Mini 5102 can do everything a netbook is supposed to do. HP also offers the option of configuring the netbook with a Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Media Accelerator which would enable 1080p HD video playback on Atom powered netbooks. The Broadcom card also enables HD video streaming using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta. Previously only HP's consumer oriented netbooks could be used with the Broadcom card.
The HP Mini 5102 starts at $399. If you buy a model with touch-screen display and other optional features you will have to pay more. In fact, a fully decked up machine may cost as high as $1,000.
The HP Mini 5102 is undoudtedly one of the best mini-laptops around. But it is only slightly better than its predecessor. Of course, it offers some optional features which can't get with the Mini 5101. But if you are on a tight budget and just want a great laptop to meet your computing needs, you will be better off buying the 5101 which also has low starting price.