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HP Mini 5103 Business Class Netbook First Impressions

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HP recently updated the company’s business class netbook, the HP Mini 5103 to work with the new dual core Intel Atom N550 processors. The upgrade which added a few new features to the Mini 5012, which we recently reviewed, doesn’t contain many cosmetic changes, sticking with the duracoat keys, metal body and other features that add up for a durable and usable netbook.

One new cosmetic change is the addition of the espresso brown color we have in for review. Our review HP Mini 5103 is not equipped with a dual core N550, but it does include a touchscreen which we are looking forward to testing out in the netbook form factor.

One of the things we wish would have seen an upgrade is the trackpad which remains fairly small. Even though there’s not a whole lot of room a larger mousing surface, like that found on the Mini 210, would have been a welcome addition.

The HP Mini 5103 starts at $399 and climbs based on options like a touchscreen, dual core processor and optional handle.

If you have any questions for our full review leave a note in the comments below.

HP Mini 5103 Detailed Specs:

Brand HP
Model Mini 5103
type Netbook
Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Starter 32
Processor Intel® Atom N455 Processor
Chipset Intel NM10 Express Chipset
Memory type DDR3 SDRAM, running at 667 MHz
Maximum memory 2 GB (1 GB with window xp home or windows 7 starter in select models)
Memory 1 GB
Internal Storage 160GB 7200RPM hard drive
Removable Storage Optional HP External USB 2.0 CD/DVD R/RW Drive
Display Size 10.1” diagonal
Display type LED-backlit WSVGA  with capacitive multi-touch
Resolution 1024×600
Graphics Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
Audio / Visual High Definition Audio, stereo speakers, integrated stereo microphones, stereo microphone in jack, stereo headphone/line out jack; integrated 2 MP webcam
Communications Marvell Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)
Expansion slots Secure Digital slot: supports SD (Secure Digital), MMC (MultiMedia Card)
Ports and connectors (3) USB 2.0 ports (1 powered), VGA, power connector, RJ-45/Ethernet, stereo microphone in jack, stereo headphone/line out jack
Input Devices 95% full-size keyboard, touchpad with scroll zone
Software HP Recovery Manager (Windows 7 only), HP Support Assistant (Windows 7 only), Roxio Creator 10 (requires separately purchased external optical drive), Microsoft® Office Ready, Corel Home Office, HP QuickLook 3, HP QuickWeb
Security HP Disk Sanitizer, Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools, Computrace BIOS support, Drive Encryption for HP Protect Tools, Kensington Lock slot
Dimensions 0.91 (at front) x 10.3 x 7.09 in / 23.2 (at front) x 262 x 180 mm Models with Touch: .98 (at front) x 10.3 x 7.09 in / 23.2 (at front x 262 x 180mm
Weight Starting at 2.64 lb / 1.2 kg (with hard drive, weight will vary by configuration)
Power 4-cell (29 WHr, or 6-cell (55 WHr) Lithium-Ion battery, 40W Smart AC Adapter, HP Fast Charge
Expansion Solutions Optional HP USB 2.0 Docking Station or HP Essential USB 2.0 Port Replicator
Warranty Limited 1-year and 90-day warranty options available, depending on country, 1-year limited warranty on primary battery.
Color Choices: black, red , blue, espresso

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

1 Comment

  1. Scott Garrison

    October 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I really like this one the metal chassis should be used more often in netbooks.

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