Product Type: Hewlett-Packard Netbook
Newest Review: ... a lot in the last few years and this was not an option at the time. We bought a Hewlet Packard Netbook, (HP Mini) and I have to admit t... more
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HP Mini 110-3107sa
Member Name: madeindevon
HP Mini 110-3107sa
Advantages: Lightweight and portable
We are a family of computer/internet addicts and a few years ago, we had a main PC and a laptop - this was between myself and my hubby - our two (then teenagers) still at home had their own laptops.
The main PC was fast becoming redundant and hubby and I were finding ourselves having silent battles with each other, as to who would use the laptop. You couldn't say it belonged to one of us in particular, as it was part of a freebie deal from Carphone warehouse - we both wanted it!
We had a holiday looming and this was to be the first time that we were leaving our "adult" children at home - I will be honest here and admit that I was concerned a little about wanting to keep in touch with them, knowing that phone calls from abroad cost an absolute fortune.
When we realised that the hotel we were staying at offered Wi-fi for a small cost, we took the plunge and decided to buy a cheapie laptop to take away with us,
The laptop needed to be small, portable and lightweight - if this had been now we would have probably opted for a cheap Tablet, but things have come on a lot in the last few years and this was not an option at the time.
We bought a Hewlet Packard Netbook, (HP Mini) and I have to admit that my expectations for this little machine were not great - all we needed it to do was to go onto Internet Explorer and log into Facebook (where you find every teenager!) and also we wanted to download Skype onto it.
At the time we paid around £210 for the Netbook, from Tesco - looking through my reviews a great deal of my electronic goods seem to be bought from Tesco, this is because I live in a rural area and Tesco is the nearest large Supermarket to me, and I am somewhat a Clubcard addict!
We were pleasantly surprised to find that it came pre-loaded with Windows 7, Starter Edition -
250GB Hard Drive
It has 3 x USB ports, which is a good amount, we were able to charge our Ipods, and phones without debate and priority!
It has a 10 inch screen, which although is obviously not a decent size for a laptop, it is perfectly good enough for checking emails and surfing through web pages
The Battery life is stated as 4 hours and I have to say that for the first year or two four hours is probably quite accurate. Three years down the line the battery is now at a point where it needs replacing, as it only lasts about five minutes - but it still works fine when plugged into the mains.
And - whilst mentioning being plugged into the mains - we are still on the original power supply! Which for a three year old lappy is not bad going at all!
The Netbook is a gloss black and looks very nice - it weighs 1.2 kg so is totally portable.
What started off as a little gadget that would be used on holiday etc, has ended up being my hubby's laptop of choice. He happily spends hours surfing the net on it, Ebay, Football forums etc - and it has absolutely no problems whatsoever.
The build quality is better than average. It is black and plastic, but seems sturdy. A couple of the keys have come away and could do with replacing, but other than that, this laptop works as well as when we first bought it.
Would I buy another? Yes actually - I am not the biggest fan of Tablets or touch screen phones, I prefer a keyboard and this Netbook has been good for three years now and I would replace it with an equivalent model when and if the need arises.
I have had a search online this morning and this model can still be bought for around the £200 mark
Summary: Bought as a holiday lappy, still using it 3 years later!