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HP Mini 2140 review

Alan Lu
22 Jun 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
435
inc VAT

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Specifications

10.1 in 1,024x576 display, 1.2kg, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 2.00GB RAM, 160GB disk, Windows Vista Business

HP's Mini 2140 looks almost identical to the company's 2133 Mini-Note which is no bad thing.

The brushed metal case looks classy and feels very robust. The 2140 has an Intel Atom N270 processor, which is quicker and generates far less heat than the 2133's slow Via C7-M chip.

The 2140 has 2GB of RAM, which is plenty for running several programs at the same time. Vista Business is pre-installed and, although it doesn't feel quite as responsive as Windows XP, it feels far quicker and more usable than it does on Sony's Vaio, which also has 2GB of RAM but a slower Atom processor. That said, we'd have preferred XP for the best performance.

Although the 2140's 10.1in screen is the same size as many other netbooks here, it has a slightly lower resolution of 1,024x576. This is 24 pixels shorter than most of the other 10in displays here. It may not sound much, but it makes the bottom of many windows inaccessible, which is irritating. Most colours look bright and rich, but black areas are washed out and images also have a slight grainy sheen.

The 2140's large and responsive keyboard is thankfully unchanged from the 2133. It's a pleasure to type on, although the keys feel slightly slippery due to their glossy sheen. The touchpad is very small, with the buttons placed on either side of the pad instead of underneath it. This takes some getting used to, and in the meantime you'll probably end up stabbing uselessly at the spot where the buttons should be. There are only two USB ports, instead of three like most of the other netbooks here, but the 2140 is the only model here to have an ExpressCard/54 slot. This can be used to add more USB ports or a 3G modem.

The 2140 lasted for three hours and 16 minutes in our battery test. However, Samsung's similarly priced N120 lasted in excess of five hours more. Although we liked the 2140's sturdy metal design and large keyboard, the N120 is cheaper and has better battery life. If you're going to spend this much money on a netbook, Asus's Eee PC S101 is far more desirable.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Atom N270
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Memory2.00GB
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory2GB
Size34x262x164
Weight1.2kg
SoundSoundMax HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle15W
Power consumption active18W

Display

Viewable size10.1 in
Native resolution1,024x576
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 950
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory256MB

Storage

Total storage capacity160GB
Optical drive modelnone
Optical drive typeN/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports2
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11a/n
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/54
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other portsnone

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows Vista Business
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Optional extrassix cell battery £78

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£435
Detailswww.hp.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.kikatek.com

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