Feeds
70%
HP Mini 210

HP Mini 210

The typist's favourite?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Review With its curved chassis, HP’s Mini 210 has a slightly different look to most netbooks. Usability is good and the keyboard stretches right to the very edges. And with responsive, well-spaced keys, it has one of the best netbook keyboards I’ve ever typed on. The only anomaly is arrow key section – the up and down keys are shrunk and sandwiched between the left and right ones, which takes some getting used to.

HP Mini 210

The touchpad buttons are integrated into the touchpad itself, which isn’t a great design since pressing one of the buttons can be mistaken as an instruction to move the pointer, and vice versa. The Mini 210 comes with a 250GB hard drive, and HP has seen fit to use a 7200rpm model as opposed to the netbook-standard 5400rpm. Thanks to this speedy drive, the netbook posted a decent PCMark05 HDD score of 6348.

Faster drives are more of a drain on the battery, but the Mini 210 did well here, its 66Wh battery powering on for 5h 39m in the VLC video-loop test. The battery does, however, jut out rather ungainly from the rear. When looping PCMark05 for 20 minutes the left side of the keyboard also got rather warm.

HP must have a stash of 802.11g cards it needs to get shot of as the Mini 210 lacks 802.11n wireless, which is a big disappointment. Meanwhile, those who like to tinker with their netbooks’ innards will be disappointed to learn the Mini 210 is very difficult to open up and there are no quick-release panels on the underside.

Verdict

There’s plenty to like about the Mini 210, not least the excellent keyboard. However, 802.11g wireless and a dodgy touchpad design hold it back. ®

HP Mini 210

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

70%
HP Mini 210

HP Mini 210

A netbook with a faster-than-average hard drive.
Price: £279 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
The IT Crowd's internet in a box gets $240k of crowdcash for a cause
'Outernet' project proposes satellite-fuelled 'Lantern' WiFi library for remote areas
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.