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After asking for a laptop at christmas, and being a girly girl specifying a pink one, i waiting with anticipation as to what my parents would get me. When i opened the box and saw this little beauty i was not disappointed!
The box itself contained my lovely netbook, a charger, a battery and instructions. It, however, did not contain any type of cover, which my mums Philips laptop did. I quickly started to get my netbook going but when i clipped the battery into place it seemed to add depth to the laptop at the back. When i sat the laptop on the table though i realized that this actually makes the keyboard tilt slightly which is a good position for typing.
The netbook itself has many features including a camera/webcam and a bluetooth connection. The camera on it is rather good and even has a little light which is really useful when on skype (and you don't want to put every light on in your room). The camera quality is good and although i only use it for skype i'm sure it has other uses.
The startup of the netbook was very simple and the guides helped me connect to the internet in a matter of minutes. The screen itself is quite small so you end up having to scroll up and down quite a lot when on the internet. That can only be expected, however, with a netbook.
I also hooked this netbook up to my wireless printer, which was also very easy to do.
The only disadvantage i can see with this netbook is the windows 7 starter that it comes with - it does not allow you to change the background on your screen - which i found rather annoying!
I can not comment on the price as i was given this as a present.
This is however, a perfect netbook for use at home and at college/university (i even managed to write my whole fourth year dissertation on it, which was 15000 words).
Last Christmas I was really struggling for an idea of what to get for my wife at Christmas, and so in the end I buckled, and ended up asking her what she would like.....Big Mistake!!
Instead of a watch, or some perfume, or a new coat, she came straight out with 'A Laptop please'!
This was a little out of the normal price range that I am comfortable with for a Christmas present, but I realised that it was something that we could do with, as we just had 1 laptop at the time, which we constantly argued about, and it frustrated my wife that I was always 'hogging OUR Laptop' (usually reading / writing reviews!).
A few days later after doing a bit of research on line, I drove over to our local Comet Store on Festival Park Stoke-On-Trent, and had a closer look at the HP mini 110-1150SA, which had caught my eye, mainly due the bright pink colouring!
On inspection in the store, it seemed to be a good solid unit, and very attractive (to the female eye), and so I purchased it there and then. It was on offer at the time for £270 and came with a free Tucano protective sleeve, and a wireless mouse.
**** The HP Mini 110 1150SA ****
This little notebook is very girly indeed, but I have used it hundreds of times behind the closed doors of my house.
It tends to be the 2nd choice laptop in our household, mainly due to the fact that it only has a 10 inch screen, as opposed to our other laptop's 17 inch screen.
As mentioned above the HP Mini is a bright pink chic colour, with a kind of silvery swirling patter pattern embossed onto the outer cover. Inside the laptop, the 10.1 inch screen is surrounded by a black plastic border, and the keyboard is coloured in pink, with black lettering / numbering. The keys are surprisingly large for the overall size of the notebook, and they have a nice springiness feel to them when pressed.
It is quite a sturdy little number, and feels quite a bit heavier than expected based on its tiny size. It weighs in at 1.17 kg, and has the following dimensions:
Width 26.2 cm
Depth 17.2 cm
Height 3.3 cm
This combination of weight and dimensions lends itself to a nice compact unit, which is very easy to travel with.
When closed the lid does not have a lock facility, but it sits closed very well, due to the stiffness of the lid. There are 2 little silver switches complete with bright white LED's at the front of the notebook, one to turn the power on and off, and the other to enable to wireless / blue tooth feature.
The 6 cell Lithium Ion battery sits underneath the notebook at the rear of the unit, and acts as a prop, lifting the rear end of the notebook into the air, and allowing plenty of cool air to enter into the unit. It is easily released using the two sliding buttons at either end, and has a very good battery life.
Complete with an Intel Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz processor and a 1 GB ram, and coming with the basic Windows 7 starter pack, and an integrated camera, this little notebook suits our needs down the ground.
My wife takes it work with her most days, and it is also used by either my wife or me during most evenings, and although it is only used for the basics, such as internet usage, word, and Excel, after 10 months of use it still looks like brand new!
Connectivity wise, there are 3 high speed USB points, 2 situated on the right hand side, and one on the left, and Ethernet 10 Base - T port, a audio headphone / microphone point, and a display / video VGA 15 pin port, along with a memory expansion card slot.
Overall this is a great little notebook for general simplistic use, and is nicely designed for people who Love Pink!
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2010
I bought this laptop a few weeks ago and already there is a problem with the power cutting out when the screen is moved. I wonder if this is a common fault. I couldn't send back the warranty card / have lost it :-( and I am told by HP they can't do anything about it. It's now in a local repair shop.
Another problem I have encountered that I wish I had spotted when I was looking at it in the shop is that there are no shortcuts on the keyboard such as Page Up, Page Down, End etc.. this makes it quite slow to do certain tasks.
Apart from these issues the laptop is fast enough for web browsing and word processing and is a very reasonable price for a system that comes with Windows 7 and has a good sized hard drive and enough memory for everyday tasks.
Summary. Keyboard could do with extra function keys and hopefully the electrical issue with the screen is a fixable one off.
This 'little laptop' is very cute with its gorgeous pink outside and its swirly pattern on the top. If I am honest I bought it because of the way it looked and I still love it everytime I use it.
It has the same or at least similar spec to all notebooks in this range and so in comparison with those I would imagine that it works pretty much the same. I find it fast on the internet and it is very easy to use.
It comes with Windows 7 Starter, which is a more basic version of Windows and won't allow you to do everything (eg you can't put a background picture on your desktop), but can be upgraded. You also get an Office pack for a short term use.
The only 'problem', and it is minor when it comes to using this beautiful piece of kit, is the small screen. It is a fairly obvious point, but you only realise how much smaller it is when you can't see a whole page of something and miss parts of a web page/spreadsheet, or trying to change your settings on msn!
I find this perfect as a second laptop in the house, but I have to say that I don't save photos, music etc on it, but on an external hard drive. I also bought an external CD drive for £10 to upload programmes, and that worked fine.