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HP Mini 210-1042VU Netbook Review

February 15th, 2011 No comments

HP Mini laptops are always compact and stylish. There is another new Mini added to this category with similar features as HP Mini 210-1042VU. Though it is a mini, it looks quite elegant stands tall. This mini is powered through Intel Aton N450 processor. This mini comes with 1 GB DDR2 RAM and 160 GB hard drive. Also, there are few more special features as bundle like integrated 5-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, Bluetooth with wireless networking, 3-cell lithium-ion battery, integrated Ethernet LAN and integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 with shared graphics memory. All these features definitely will tempt anyone to go for it.

Intel Atom N450 Processor Details:

Intel Atom N450 processor, that powers the HP Mini 210-1042VU is clocked at 1.66 GHz. It is 45nm processor suitable for embedded motherboards. That is the reason it is seen widely used for netbooks. It is single core processor comes with 512 KB of L2 Cache and a FSB speed of 667 MHz. The best part with this processor is its improved energy efficiency with integrated GMA 3150 Graphics on chip and no longer, it is dependent on GMA 950 like other processors. It consumes less power and releases low heat output. This processor supports x64 OS and application successfully. In fact, this processor is a upgrade for N270 and N280 with slighter modifications. This processor is little vulnerable with multimedia applications.

HP Mini 210-1042VU Pros:

  • Inexpensive netbook.
  • It Generic Stereo speakers.
  • It has Bluetooth Wireless networking.
  • It has Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150.


HP Mini 210-1042VU Cons:


  • Poor battery backup.
  • Not suitable for multimedia and gaming needs.
  • No optical drive.





This netbook is powered by Intel Atom N450 processor. This processor is clocked at 1.66 GHz. It has 512 Kb of L2 cache.

System memory and hard drive:


Its system memory is 1 GB DDR2 RAM of 667 MHz. There is no possibility to expand this system memory further.

Hard drive of this netbook is 160GB. This is SATA drive and spins at 7200 rpm.

Display and graphics:


Screen size of this netbook is 10.1-inches with 1024 x 576 pixels resolution. The display type is HD LED Anti-Glare.

HP Mini 210-1042VU is credited with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 with shared graphics memory.


This netbook is arranged with integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN for wired connectivity needs. Also, there is 802.11 b/g WLAN too for wireless connectivity needs. It has Wireless capabilities through Bluetooth Wireless Networking.


HP Mini 210-1042VU is arranged with Generic stereo speakers and offers decent sound quality.

Input Devices:


This netbook got 80-key (93% Full size) island style keyboard. This keyboard is comfortable for the usage. There is HP Clickpad with ON/OFF facility as pointing device for the netbook.

Operating System:

This netbook is supplied with Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic 32-bit Edition.

Additional ports:

HP Mini 210-1042VU is arranged with one 5-in-1 card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, one VGA port, one headphone jack and one microphone jack.


This netbook comes with one 3-cell Lithium-ion batter of 33Whr capacity.


There is one-year manufacturers warranty for this netbook.

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HP Mini 110-1012NR Review Atom N270 netbook

February 11th, 2011 No comments

Netbooks are nowadays gaining more attention through their improved portability. Importantly these netbooks will serve as a great help for the people always on the move and this can keep them in touch with their business, work, family and friends. Keeping this kind of trend in mind, computer giant HP has started providing netbooks since many days. Now, there is another interesting netbook model added to this list as HP Mini 110-1012NR. This netbook is almost a match for a PC, but comes minus optical drive. This is a netbook and small in size, but this size not restricted the manufacture to offer enough sized keyboard for easy typing needs. This netbook is arranged with a webcam that has built-in flash in it.  It has 10.1-inches TFT widescreen and watching movies would be fine through it. Sometimes its full screen ratio fail to show the entire webpage and user might face little difficult with this. This machine is powered through Intel Atom N270/1.6Ghz processor and equipped with Intel GMA 950 Graphics too.

HP Mini 110-1012NR Pros:

  • This is small in size and easy to hold everywhere and easy to work too.
  • It’s light in weight and offers improved portability.
  • It has Intel GMA 950 Graphics.
  • It has built-in webcam.
  • This netbook comes at affordable price tag.

HP Mini 110-1012NR Cons:

  • Battery backup is not satisfactory.
  • No optical drive.
  • No Bluetooth.

Intel Atom N270 Processor Details

Intel Atom processor comes as tiny, ultra-low-power embedded package that offers the complete features of an x86 desktop CPU. It is a single core processor. This processor is clocked at 1.6GHz. This processor comes with L2 Cache of capacity 512KB.This is made through 45nm process. This is indicating that the chip is too small and in turn cost can be cut down to lowest. This Intel Atom N270 is designed exclusively for netbooks and laptops such as MSI Wind and Eee PC update. This processor can support Intel’s Enhanced SpeedStep Technology too. This processor got a 2.5W TDP.



This netbook powered through Intel Atom N270 processor that is clocked at 1.6 GHz. This processor comes with 512KB L2 Cache.

System Memory and hard drive:

This netbook is arranged with 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM and there is no chance to expand this RAM further. The form factor of this memory is SO DIMM 200-pin.

HP Mini 110-1012NR  netbook comes with 16 GB solid date drive. Perhaps this is not enough for the presnt trends and regular backup storage should be arranged by the user.

Display and graphics:

This netbook screen size 10.1-inches widescreen with 1024×576 pixels resolution along with Anti-glare feature. This display comes with LED backlit technology.

HP Mini 110-1012NR  is arranged with a Intel GMA 959 graphics processor with 128MB video memory.


For audio output needs, this netbook is arranged with a sound card and microphone is there as sound output. Its compliant standards are High Definition Audio. This netbook is arranged with built-in stereo speakers.

Sizes, color and Weight:

Width: 10.3-inches.

Depth: 6.8-inches.

Height: 1.3-inches.

Weight: 2.4 lbs.

Color: Black.


This netbook is arranged with an integrated webcam for video chats over the internet.

Input Devices:

There is a keyboard for easy data entry. Though the keyboard si small, user will not find it difficult with easy typing. There is a touchpad with multi touch feature and this touchpad is quite responsive.


HP Mini 110-1012NR  is arranged with network adapter and Wireless LAN support through IEEE 802.11 b/g. Its Data Link protocols are Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g.


This laptop comes with a 3-cell Lithium-ion battery. This battery pack is to offer unplugged power for the netbook.


This nebook comes with Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Office 2010 Suites.

Additional Ports:

This laptop is arranged with one 5-in-1 card reader, three USB ports, one VGA input, one headphone jack and one microphone jack.


This netbook comes with three months limited warranty on parts and labor.

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Toshiba NB555D-018 Review – 10.1″ netbook with AMD’s C-30

January 25th, 2011 No comments

Toshiba’s NB555D-018 is one of the few notebooks that has come out with AMD’s Ontario, the single core C-30 chip. Toshiba NB555D-018 comes with a small 10.1 inch screen but has pretty much everything to let you do your office works while you are mobile.

Toshiba NB555D-018 comes with 1 GB of RAM and 250 GB of hard disk. Obviously the normal edition of the Windows 7 operating system will not fit in this much of memory. The Toshiba NB555D-018 is preinstalled with the Windows 7 starter edition that has smaller footprint. While this is small and inexpensive ( best buy has it for $329 at the time of writing) netbook, it does come with some notable useful feature, including HDMI output and wifi.

The other notable feature is the long battery life, which according to Toshiba can go upto 10 hours. This is really good for mobile persons who need to keep working and do not need to worry about plugging it to a power chord. This is made possible not only by the AMD’s low power C-30 processor, but also by the LED backlit display which consumes less power.

In general we are not impressed with the netbooks in general ( for $100 to $150 more, you get a full fledged notebook), but if long battery life and mobility is in your mind Toshiba NB555D-018 , is worth considering. What separates it with other netbooks is good graphics performance with its ontario processor and the HDMI output.

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Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13608 Review – Netbook

January 16th, 2011 1 comment

The Aspire One AOD255E-13608 from Acer, is yet another netbook in the long series of the Acer’s netbook. All of them have pretty much similar specifications – powered by the intel Atom N455 processor, 10.1 inch screen , 1 GB RAM and 250 GB Hard disk. There is essentially nothing much new in this netbook.

Quick facts at a glance

– Powered by Intel Atom N455 processor – 1.66 GHz, single core, supports hyperthreading
– 10.1 inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, the backlight is lit by LED.
– Wired networking with wireless 802.11 b/g/n networking capability.
– 3 USB ports
– Windows 7 starter edition.

Let us take a look at the individual components of the Acer AOD255E-13608.


You are obviously not expecting a great deal of performance with the single core 1.66 GHz Atom N455 processor. However, this processor will let you do your word processing, surfing and email. It does support Hyperthreading, so it is not too bad for multi processing. But yes, the processor does not stand to wind against the myriad of high performance dual core processors available today from Intel as well as AMD. Especially worth mentioning is the AMD’s zacate E-350 ( a dual core processor, very low power, and great leap in graphics performance).

Memory and Hard disk
The Aspire AOD255E-13608 comes with 250 GB of hard disk and we really have no complaint with the amount of the hard disk itself. However, the 1 GB RAM is really a bit low, and had it not been the started edition of the Windows 7, the OS itself would have taken that space. You will find programs with large memory footprint to be performing sluggishly.

The 10.1″ LCD screen gives out brilliant display with LED backlighting. It has a resolution of 1024 x 600, actually pretty good for the small screen size.

Battery and Battery Life

One of the key aspect of the netbooks is large battery life. You may get close to 4 hours of battery life with the AOD255E-13608 netbook. But we will have to check more AOD255E-13608 reviews before commenting on that.

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Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13865 Netbook Review

January 15th, 2011 1 comment

The Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13865 is a 10.1 inch netbook powered by the Intel Atom N455 processor. It is inexpensive, but comes with integrated camera and wifi connectivity option and a decent 250 GB hard disk. Its configuration is pretty much standard for a typical 10.1 inch netbook.

Key Features at a Glance

– Powered by Intel Atom N455

– 10.1 inch screen with LED backlight

– 1 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Disk Drive

–  1.3 Megapixel Webcam, and 2 USB connectors.

–  Ethernet LAN connector and 802.11b/g/n  wifi

– Four hours of battery life with 3 cell Lithium Ion battery.

The intel Atom N455 processor that powers the Aspire One AOD255E-13865 is single core processor that runs at 1.66 GHz. The Hyperthreading slightly improves the performance of the processor, but, still, you will not be able to use this processor for any high computing environments. The processor should however be decent enough for you home and office computing environment that requires internet browsing, email checking, word and spreadsheet editing.

You will find the 1GB RAM a bit low in case you are working on several programs simultaneously. This is another reason, starredreviews does not recommend the Atom N455 based netbooks in particular. Wait for the price reduction on the AMD’s zacate E-350 based notebooks and you will get a performance netbook under $400.

The webcam and the wifi itself are decent features, though you may find the missing DVD drive annoying. You will not be able to install any program that comes on the DVD drive directly. You will find the USB connector useful for your tasks. The hard disk too, at 250 GB is more than enough for most purpose.

The only plus point about AOD255E-13865 netbook is its low price, and if this is the deciding factor, you may like to go ahead and buy one.

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