Product Type: Hewlett-Packard Netbook
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My new best friend!
HP Mini 210-2004sa
Member Name: shoequeenrach
HP Mini 210-2004sa
Date: 14/06/11, updated on 18/11/11 (129 review reads)
Advantages: Stylish, does everything a normal laptop can do
Disadvantages: can be a bit slow, can't change destop background
For the past few weeks I have been battling with my current laptop who, I suppose quite rightly after years of use and abuse decided to to give up and stop working. Panic stricken, I reached for my car keys to go in search of a new laptop. How would I survive without access to the internet???
After a short while of trapesing around the shops I decided that this time I would buy a netbook. My rationale for this was that; a. they are cheaper than your original sized laptops and b. Now that I have finished university I don't need something with lots of memory and fancy features, just something I can access the internet on.
Thanks to my trusty iphone, I was able to look up reviews on the netbooks that had caught my eye and two of them stood out from the rest. The prices of the netbooks were all within the same range starting at around £199.99 and increasing to as much as £349.99.
The HP 210 mini and the Parkard Bell Dot were the two netbooks in the running for my affections and after reading many reviews, I still couldn't decide. The specification of the two were almost identical except that the HP had longer battery life and the comments people had made on their reviews were also very similar. So, in the end I let my girly instincts take over and decide for me and chose the HP 210 mini because I prefer the shape of it and it such a gorgeous shade of pink!!!
I bought mine from Argos as it is currently on offer for £229.99 reduced from £269.99 but prices vary depending on where you look. I rushed home with my new toy and couldn't wait to get it out of it's box and have a play.
***HP Mini 210-2004sa Specification:***
Intel Atom N455.
Processor speed 1.66GHz.
1GB DDR3 RAM.
250GB hard drive
Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels
Secure Digital (SD), xD, Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible.
3 USB ports.
1 Ethernet port. B/g/n wireless/WiFi enabled
0.3MP built-in webcam.
Up to 10 hours battery life
Size H3.2, W2.28, D19.1cm.
***The HP Mini 210-2004sa***
The set up instructions were very simple thanks to the step by step guide provided in the box.
Once set up the first thing I noticed was the speed of the netbook, it was much slower than I am used to. This is something that I expected though, as I had read about it on other reviews. My technical minded boyfriend informed me that it was due to the fact that it only has 1GB DDR3 RAM, which is better than a lot of other netbooks I have seen, most of which offer DDR2 RAM but still is less than what an average laptop would have and therefore makes a difference. However, the light at the end of the tunnel with regard to the speed is that you can increase the GB of RAM (Hooray) to 2GB which I have been told makes a big difference in the performance of the netbook so is something I am considering doing (although I have no idea yet how you would do this!?!?). Despite the speed (which probably isn't really as slow as a I seem to be making it sound) you can have several tabs open at a time on internet explorer and can still watch TV shows online with no difficulty.
I really like th size of the netbook, which boasts a shiney, reflective 10.1" screen which literally displays what you would see on a normal laptop screen but smaller. The screen is suitable for watching TV shows and does not hinder your viewing. There is a black border around the screen which looks lovely and stylish but if you touch it, it will show your finger prints and start to look less stylish and more grubby, so I give mine a good clean every day to remove any smudgy finger prints. The netbook fits easily into my handbag (although my handbag is quite big) and is light enough for me to be able to carry it around for the majority of the day without getting shoulder ache - I love being able to just take my netbook anywhere without having to lug around a big heavy laptop bag!
There is no CD/DVD drive (but you can always purchase an external one) or HDMI, so you can't connect it to your TV, but this i not something I was looking for in a netbook and so it isn't something that bothers me. There are three USB ports which I think is really useful, especially if you do have an external CD/DVD drive, Hard drive, ipod or USB stick as it mean you can have then all plugged in at once! There is also a 5 in 1 memory card slot and a headphone socket.
The netbook comes with an integrated webcam, however I still haven't quite figured out how to use it.
The mouse pad is easy to use and has left and right mouse buttons at the bottom of the pad, however, these are not completely seperat and so you can have your finger on one of the mouse buttons and still be able to move the courser, something that has, on ocassion lead to me clicking on the wrong thing, but this is only a minor problem and if you watch what you are doing, you should have an issue with it. The keyboard itself is silver in colour, something that I think goes really well with the pink top and bottom of the netbook. The keyboard is just like what the Apple macbooks have, I think it is called an island design keyboard and this is a feature that I really like.
This netbook comes fully loaded with windows 7 Starter, which is fairly good and provides you with all the basics that you need, however, I would personally like to be able to change the picture on my desktop but this is not something that Windows 7 Starter gives you the option to do. Of course you could always install another programme such as the original Windows 7 Home which would then allow you to do this.
I think this is a great little netbook and now that I have gotten used to it, it doesn't seem so slow. I love the fact that it has such a long lasting battery as it means that once I have fully charged it, I can take it anywhere and not have to worry about having to charge it for ages, so far the battery has lasted jut over 8 hours with quite a large amount of usage. The overall design of the netbook is very stylish and I adore the bright pink colour of the netbook! This netbook is also available in different colours which I think is great as it means there is likely to be a HP 210 netbook for everyone. This netbook does everything I need from a computer and looks good doing it while costing a fraction of the price! I would definately recommend it!
I have had my netbook for around six months now and everything was going well with it and it was achieving everything I needed to use it for, despite it being smaller and a bit slower than an average laptop. But about a week ago disaster struck....
I went to switch on my netbook as usual and a black screen with white writing appeared stating that I had a "Hard Disk Error". Now, I am not at all technically minded so I called my boyfriend into the room to take a look. He followed the instructions on screen and it seemed he was just going around in circles as the text on the screen just informed him that "hard disk cannot be detected". Thankfully, I had kept the receipt and packaging and took it back to Argos. I am still waiting to hear about whether or not it can be repaired.
I haven't downloaded anything onto the netbook that could have affected its function in this way and all my internet safety software is up to date and it has never been dropped or damaged in anyway, so I'm quite disappointed that my netbook that is only six months old could have a genuine fault . I'm hoping it can be repaired but in the mean time I have no computer of my own and I'm having to use my boyfriends. I am very disappointed with hp as I have always thought of them as a reliable brand.
Summary: I love it and think everyone should
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