HP Mini 2140 ReviewBy soumitra, Gaea News Network
Monday, June 1, 2009
The netbook market is starting to explode and every manufacturer is ready to take the advantage with their exclusive lineup of netbooks. After the success of Mini 1000, HP is quickly shifting its attention to a netbook with a bit more impressive specs. Built after Mini 2133, the Mini 2140 has good and large 10.1 inch screen and a remarkably large keyboard. Can it become the business traveler’s choice? We have made a review to find the answer. In this review you’ll find :
- Battery Life
- Ambient Heat and Noise
With Intel’s power efficient 1.6 GHz Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM, the Mini 2140 has the performance you’d expect from a netbook of this configuration. Applications open quickly, surfing web with multiple tabs open doesn’t create problem. The Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics with 64 MB of memory is good for watching movies but you can’t expect to play good graphics games with this underrated GPU.
Though HP claims that the Mini 2140 is designed for the student who have to carry their netbook always with them, it also may be an ideal choice for the traveling business people. The structure is sturdy with all-aluminum lid and solid magnesium alloy chasis like the Mini 2133 Mini-Note. The metal alloy hinges looks good and durable. At a 10.3X6.5X1.1 inch dimension, mini 2140 looks more compact than other netbooks of its category. However the weight of 3.0 pounds with its six cell batteries feels a bit heavier than other netbooks like MSI wind (2.6 pound) or Samsung NC10 (2.8 pound). But the weight is not on the heavier side or unbearable by any means.
The base model has 160GB, 5400 rpm Hitachi SATA hard drive. The disk head is protected by HP’s 3D Drive Guard Accelerometer Technology. The hard drive speed is good to boot Windows XP Home in less than 1 minute. The model is also available with a more speedy SSD option or a 7400 rpm HDD option.
The keyboard size is 96% of full sized keyboards and is also water resistant. Typing on the keyboard feels easy without any strain. The keys have good travel and shift keys are full sized. HP puts a special coating to the keys which makes it 50 times more resistant to visible wear than a standard keyboard.
The touchpad had to sacrifice to make space for the full sized keyboard. The touchpad is very narrow. To move the pointer from one corner to the other corner of the screen requires finger to backtrack and move again a few times. The vertical mouse buttons placing is awkward and some may feel it irritating to use. The dedicated scrolling scrolling bar was useful for reading long documents.
It has an SD Card Reader, Mic and headphone Jack, VGA Port, Ethernet Jack. It has 2 USB Ports while most netbooks these days have 3 USB ports. Don’t panic, the space is utilized for an Express Card/54 slot.
The screen is good and large 10.1 inch one with 1024 X 576 pixel resolution. The size of the screen is good but resolution seems below the standard resolution found in other netbooks. However HP also offers an upgrade of 1366X768 display which will better fit the screen. The screen is glossy and bright. But personally I like matte screens as they does not produce unwanted glares. The horizontal and vertical viewing angles were not great but decent for sharing the screen with another person.
When it comes to battery, HP Mini 2140 outperforms every other netbook. With its six cell battery, the laptop can run about seven hours in normal usage and more than five hours in heavy workload situation which is nearly double of the standard of this category. It has a smaller three cell battery option which is also capable to run the netbook more than 3 hours. The charging of the batteries is also fast. The battery can be charged upto 90% level in just one and a half hour while the system is powered down.
The HP Mini 2140’s 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi card has top of the notch performance. Music or video streaming is smooth and fluid.
Resolution of the camera is 0.3 MP. The image quality is good but a bit blurriness incurred due to its VGA resolution.
A dual stereo microphone is embedded in the bezel above the display and the speaker are also hidden below the screen. The sound quality is loud and clear perfect for voice chats but audiophiles would want a set of external speakers or a good headphone.
The keyboard and touchpad remained at room temperature even during heavy usage but the bottom gets slightly warmer. The cooling fan doesn’t create annoying sound.
Starting at a Base price of $499, the standard configured ones have a price of $529 and $575 if you opt for the 80 GB SSD.
- Great Battery Life
- Excellent build quality
- Great keyboard
- ExpressCard slot offers fantastic expansion possibilities
- Multiple configuration options
- Base configuration has low-resolution screen
- Awkwardly positioned Touchpad Buttons with very narrow touchpad
- Screen is too reflective due to second glossy protective layer
If you are satisfied with the low resolution screen and screen glare doesn’t bother you, the HP Mini 2140 may be the ideal choice both for the business professionals and students for its nearly full sized keyboard, outstanding battery life, sturdy design. It isn’t the cheapest netbook available in the market but you get what you pay for.
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