The HP Mini 5102 may have just been introduced to the world this morning, but those crazy kids at Laptop Magazine have already published a detailed review (something tells me they managed to get their hands on a demo unit before this morning). The verdict? HP has made one of the best netbooks around even better.
Basically the HP Mini 5102 is a minor update to the popular HP Mini 5101 business netbook. The new model includes new features such as optional color choices, an optional touch screen display, and optional handle. It comes standard with Intel’s new Pine Trail processor, and Laptop Magazine reports it runs for about 10 hours on a charge.
While the $424 starting price is about $100 more than you’ll pay for a cheap netbook from Acer, you get a lot for that money. The HP Mini 5102 has a sturdy metal casing, a fast 7200RPM hard drive or optional SSD, HP’s DriveGuard technology which shuts off the hard drive in the event of a fall, and HP’s DuraKey finish on the keyboard to prevent wear.
One of the only things that Laptop Magazine didn’t like was that the touchpad is rather small and the glossy touchpad finish creates friction. But the touchpad actually looks rather similar to the one on the HP Mini 5101, and I kind of liked that one when I reviewed that model a few months ago.