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$399 HP Mini 1104 Keeps Netbooks In Business

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Looks like HP isn’t abandoning the netbook form factor completely, though it’s no surprise that the latest 10-inch offering from the company is aimed at the education market.

The $399 HP Mini 1104 is pretty standard netbook fare — 2.8 pounds, dual core 1.6-GHz Intel Atom N2600 CPU, 2GB RAM, 1024 x 600 display, 320GB hard drive — and about the same as last year’s Mini 1103, just with appropriately updated specs. It’s also $100 more.

The outside appears unchanged, which is not a bad thing. The Mini 1100 series can boast comfortable keyboards, usable touchpads, and long battery life. HP claims that the 1104 will last 9 hours.

HP Mini 1104 - Front Right Open

The basic design isn’t unattractive, but highlights that this isn’t a netbook built for the consumer market. Students and business professionals will appreciate having TPM chips embedded, Computrace Pro, and available mobile broadband.

Still, consumers shouldn’t write this off just because it’s not flashy. Solid, dependable netbooks are getting harder to come by these days. The fact that the Mini 1104 can take a few bumps and has a spill-resistant keyboard is a big plus.

Corporations and institutions have a few configuration options for the Mini 1104, but if you’re buying individual units from HP.com you only have two choices. The $399 model includes the specs listed above, the $469 model has the mobile broadband module.

Full specs and a gallery below.

  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
  • Processor: 1.60 GHz Intel Atom N2600
  • RAM: 2GB
  • HDD: 320GB 5,400rpm
  • Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600
  • Ports: 3 USB 2.0; VGA; Ethernet; combo stereo headphone/mic jack; 3-in-1 card reader
  • Webcam: VGA
  • Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+ mobile broadband (optional)
  • Dimensions: 10.55 x 7.52 x 0.89 in
  • Weight: 2.78 lb

K. T. is a lover of technology, gadgets, and all things geek. As Reviews Editor she has the enviable job of playing with evaluating mobile tech to help consumers separate the digital wheat from the chaff. K. T. rocks an Ubuntu-ified Samsung NC10 netbook. Follow K. T. on Twitter @KTBradford, on Google+ and Tumblr or email her at ktb@notebooks.com.

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