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  # 255545 14-Sep-2009 11:01
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Pick up my Tech Ed 5101 today. I haven't tried out Win7 yet either, so that will be interesting.

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  # 255612 14-Sep-2009 15:22
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Got my 5101 yesterday at TechEd, previously I've been using an EeePC 1000H.

Love the screen - the Eee has 1024x600 so nice upgrade. CPU/GPU is a tad faster - playing Braid on both machines the HP is obviously faster.

Asus though really understands the netbook market and I think has a better package. If they brought out a model with a 1366x768 screen I'd go back to them in a snap (well, not now that I've spent my $$$...).

The power brick for the HP is ridiculously huge compared to the Eee models. Stupid giant thick power lead (asus uses standard and thin 'figure 8' power lead), big brick (not as big as larger laptops but after using 2 eee pc's it's quite massive), and big weird proprietary plug for the laptop. Somewhat cumbersome and especially annoying to lug around which I need to do more with a 4 cell battery. The 1000H has a 6 cell and lasts forever, so ironically the power supply size was not an issue.

The asus supplies a neoprene case and microfibre cloth for getting the fingerprints off. No such extras with the HP. They are not expensive to buy but they are nice to have included.

The HP has a bunch of unnecessary very bright blue lights, which depending on your preferences can be annoying or blingy ;)

Overall I prefer the styling on the HP, but the newer Eee PC's have similar styling.

On a side note, does anyone else with an HP 5101 get intermittent loud(ish) hard disk clicking? It sounds like the heads are parking up and the drive stopping, then rapidly starting again. Not a big deal if it's normal (and I think it is), but it is a heck of a lot louder than other laptops I have used so a little disconcerting.

 
 
 
 


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  # 255641 14-Sep-2009 16:20
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Could be related to the 3D DriveGuard?

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  # 255676 14-Sep-2009 17:59
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I was wondering that, although it happens when the laptop is stationary :/

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  # 258298 25-Sep-2009 11:45
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Slightly higher price, but I prefer the CULV class of netbooks starting to be released. Currently looking at the Asus UL30A with the SU7300 Core 2 processor. 13" screen, probably getting on the large side for a netbook, but I feel you make less in the way of compromises all around. Plus battery life is sensational.

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  # 258395 25-Sep-2009 17:25
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Hopefully some ION based netbooks will appear sometime soon.

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  # 260903 4-Oct-2009 01:20
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I m waiting for acer 1810tz or 1410t they are netbook killer and look like selling at a bargain price in usa. I got some bad exp with hp my 2133 speaker cover came off at the first month montherboard blow up this week. It only last for 2 years. I also got a 7 years old sony still working. Crapy 2133

 
 
 
 


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  # 268974 1-Nov-2009 11:25
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freitasm: The HP should be the first in your list. Seriously well built machines and good performance.



The fact that you've mentioned your HP Mini 110 has been a factor in me reconsidering (I was liking the Dell Mini 10 primarily but a few people have mentioned that the build quality is not up to par with HPs).


However having just had a shop look around, I'm more confused than before by the range of HP Mini 110 models!


Even Harvey Norman seem to have four or five different models labelled "HP Mini 110". Yesterday I saw there the 1052TU, 1156TU, 1038TU and 1006TU, all of which had varied specs and features. (It was Saturday, I wanted a drop-in store to try the keyboards out, even though their prices are much higher than competing stores on pricespy.co.nz).


I mostly preferred the 1156TU but the screen was matte and less bright than some of its sister models.


Is there some feature / product matrix which will help me interpret the plethora of "HP Mini 110" models?


Features I'd like are: 1366x768 screen, full Linux compatability, BT, 3G option, RAM expandability. Not so concerned about HD space.

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xurizaemon:
freitasm: The HP should be the first in your list. Seriously well built machines and good performance.



The fact that you've mentioned your HP Mini 110 has been a factor in me reconsidering (I was liking the Dell Mini 10 primarily but a few people have mentioned that the build quality is not up to par with HPs).


However having just had a shop look around, I'm more confused than before by the range of HP Mini 110 models!


Even Harvey Norman seem to have four or five different models labelled "HP Mini 110". Yesterday I saw there the 1052TU, 1156TU, 1038TU and 1006TU, all of which had varied specs and features. (It was Saturday, I wanted a drop-in store to try the keyboards out, even though their prices are much higher than competing stores on pricespy.co.nz).


I mostly preferred the 1156TU but the screen was matte and less bright than some of its sister models.


Is there some feature / product matrix which will help me interpret the plethora of "HP Mini 110" models?


Features I'd like are: 1366x768 screen, full Linux compatability, BT, 3G option, RAM expandability. Not so concerned about HD space.

I take it you didn't check hp.com?  These pages might help...

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  # 271007 8-Nov-2009 13:37
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/edit/ started a new thread, ignore this post please

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