Thursday, September 17, 2009

HP Mini 311: Ion-clad gladiator

HP may have now occupied the same pedestal as its fiercest contender, Asus EeePC, toppling off another largest netbook maker, Aspire Aspire One, thanks to the effective brand recall by the nomenclature of "Mini". They may have capped the rising success of Mini Cooper, but they have made its mark through an alreday squeakingly saturated netbook market. Come to think of it, almost all brand giants came out with its own variant of miniature computing craze, a slot once solely occupied by Asus EeePC.

Now HP once again released another delight to delight our penchant interest in mobility.

Not so long after the release of HP's grown up business netbook, HP Mini 5101, here comes an 11.6incher netbook packed with NVidia Ion LE graphics. It is the first successfully implemented Ion chipset netbook in the market today. And HP have dunnit, but while someone did, the others are surely there to follow, whith coming closer. Take note, Asus was the first netbook to slap with Nvidia graphics via Asus N10J but it was not the NVidia Ion.

HP still have rehashed their first chart-topping milestone in the netbook category which is the implementation of a 92% keyboard, springy and responsive ones. Having known for its unorthodox trackpad click placement, this time they have maintained a conventional one by placing it at the bottom of the trackpad.

The 11.6-inch screen has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 which is modestly bright and vibrant. What is noteworthy is that it is capable of full HD and has a 16:9 aspect ratio for widescreen movie affionado. If you’re eager to see HD videos on a larger screen, the Mini 311 has an HDMI out port too.

Standard specs includes - 3 USB ports, microphone port, headphone port, Ethernet, and 5-in-1 card reader. Inside there’s a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM (expandable to 3GB), and a 1.6-GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU.

Package will sport Windows 7 and a 6cell battery to withstand an entire day of surfing, and with a price point starting at $399.

Let's see where this Ion-clad netbook is heading in its fight to the finish.

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