HP Mini 1103
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Launched at the beginning of 2011, the HP Mini 1103 is an affordable netbook that comes with a basic matte, black plastic chassis along with a piano-black lid and bezel. Even though the lid has a shiny finish, you won’t probably have any issues with fingerprints. The clamshell design of this model is quite attractive as when the netbook is closed it offers a mix of curves, plus a wedge-shaped profile which will easily slip into a bag.
Even though it weighs a mere 2.8 pounds, it isn’t one of the lightest models in the netbook market, but it is light enough so that it will not cause any issues while carrying it around. Regarding its dimensions, the HP Mini 1103 measures 10.55 x 7.52 x 0.89 inches (HWD) which makes it a compact netbook, even though it isn’t as thin as the 0.68-inch MacBook Air.
It adopts a standard 10.1-inch display which has a maximum resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels which means that viewing HD videos is out of the question, but the display still remains suitable for reading text, viewing documents, and also watching some clips online.
As far as the keyboard is concerned, it is a chiclet-style unit and it’s 93% the size of a full keyboard, but even so you shouldn’t have any problems typing on it. Each of the keys feature a raised surface that can provide a more distinct space between the keys in comparison to what a regular keyboard can offer. We should also mention that this is a spill resistant keyboard so it should resist to a coffee cup-spilling accident. The touchpad offers support for multitouch gestures but we don’t like that it is smaller than a business card.
At the heart of this netbook is an Intel Atom N455 processor with 1GB of RAM. You’ll be able to store your personal files on the 250 GB hard drive that rotates at 7,200 rpm while the graphics power is provided by the modest Intel GMA 3150. The system comes with a generous collection of networking options as it has not only 802.11n Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port, but also Bluetooth and mobile broadband for use on the go. If you want to go on line as soon as possible, HP has its own pre-boot web browser named QuickWeb that allows you to access the Internet with having to wait for Windows to boot.
The HP Mini 1103 has a regular collection of connectors and ports, starting with three USB 2.0 ports, a multi-format card reader and VGA output. Also on board is a headphone/microphone jack combo, two integrated microphones that are installed on top of the screen and a VGA webcam.