Product Type: Hewlett-Packard Netbook
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HP 2133 Mini-Note
Member Name: dillenger
HP 2133 Mini-Note
Advantages: small, lightweight and reliable
Disadvantages: Best to aviod youtube whilst sufing
I have owned my HP2133 Mini-Note for about a year and a half now and find it a very useful second pc. I have run Windows XP and Ubuntu on it at different times. Each operating system having there own problems with the Mini-Note. I found XP very difficult and more of a pain as the resolution of the screen wasn't quite enough to enable you to work efficiently. In the end XP became irritating to use. Ubuntu seemed to work better but still had plenty of foibles and oddities and could not be called perfect by any stretch of the imagination. After much thought I decided to stay with Ubuntu as this seemed the better of the two options.
The Mini-Note does have plenty of redeeming features. It is light and easy to carry around. Very useful for taking on holiday and transferring your pictures to. Light surfing is also very good on this pc, however don't expect great results if you want to watch anything on YouTube or BBC Iplayer! The graphics card just cant keep up and the picture jumps and skips frames.
I like the look of the Mini-Note with its brushed steel case and it feels very robust to use, much better than some of the newer notebooks that are out now. For the size of the pc the keyboard is very good indeed and I have no problem touch typing on it. However the battery life is not as good as I would have liked and didn't really last as a useful battery beyond about 6 months from new. I now have to use the Mini-Note plugged into the mains most of the time as the battery doesn't hold charge.
To wrap up, I know the 2133 has now been updated but, if you find one of these second hand, they are a very good pc for the price and still hold up well compared to newer notebooks. The 2133 is very reliable and you could easily type a report or essay on it whilst mobile.
Summary: Good reliable and looks good to