HP’s NEW Top-of-the-Line Mini PC

Posted by at 12:32 pm on June 25, 2009

The HP Mini 5101 features a sturdy, lightweight anodized aluminum display enclosure with a black, brushed finish. Complementing the aluminum is the use of magnesium alloy in the lower case of the Mini frame. This combination of materials is an industry first in the netbook category.

The HP Mini 5101 features a newly designed, spill-resistant keyboard that is 95 percent the size   of a full-size QWERTY keyboard. HP DuraKeys, a clear coating over the keys, that HP claims makes the keyboard 50 times more resistant to visible wear than keyboards without it. In addition, the mouse buttons are located in the traditional space below the touchpad,   Thank you HP!!!

Starting at 2.6 pounds, the 5101 features a large 10.1-inch diagonal LED display available in either WSVGA or high-definition (HD) resolutions. Come with 2 GB of RAM and Intel 950 Graphics. You can pick from a four-cell battery for lighter weight or six-cell battery for longer battery life. When configured with the optional six-cell battery, HP says the Mini 5101 delivers up to eight hours of battery runtime.

A fast-performing 7,200 RPM hard drive comes standard with the unit.   HP 3D DriveGuard, which offers a three-axis digital accelerometer chip that sends a signal to shut down the hard drive upon sudden movement or shock.   Alternatively, an optional Solid State Drive (SSD) is available in either 80 or 128 gigabytes.

An optional HP Mobile Broadband module allows users to conveniently access the Internet via AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.   The 5101 comes with 802.11a/b/g draft-n Wi-Fi   and optional Bluetooth 2.0.   An integrated 2-megapixel webcam allows for easy still-image capture, web-conferencing or video-enhanced instant messaging.

New accessories designed for use with the HP Mini include a USB 2.0 port replicator that adds a variety of audio, networking and USB ports to allow greater productivity. A lightweight, functional messenger bag designed specifically for the HP Mini or a neoprene slip case offer added protection for professionals while on the go. Other accessories available for the HP Mini include a USB 2.0 docking station, external optical drive and USB-powered external speakers.

Pricing and availability

The HP Mini 5101 starts at $449 and is expected to be available in late July.

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