2140-unboxed

The HP Mini 2140 has been shipping for a few weeks now, and Liliputing reader Jean-Etienne LaVallee managed to get his hands on one. And he’s posted a kind of snarky unboxing video to prove it. He seems pretty impressed with the netbook’s build quality and design, but if you enjoy hearing people making fun of warning labels and warranties, you’re in for a treat.

I’m still waiting for HP to send me a review unit, but I got a chance to check out a couple of HP 2140 netbooks at CES in January. The build quality is probably the best you’ll find on any netbook available today. The computer has the same sturdy aluminum case as the HP 2133 Mini-Note, but it comes with the faster Intel Atom processor (the HP 2133 had a VIA C7-M CPU). The HP Mini 2140 also has an accelerometer that shuts of the hard drive to prevent damage if you drop the laptop.

Jean-Etienne has promised to send in some more updates as he continues to play with his new netbook. In the meantime, you can check out his unboxing video after the break.


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9 replies on “HP Mini 2140 unboxed – Video”

  1. Great presentation! My husband is buying me one in mid-march…can’t wait! Loved your dog’s cameo in the video! Hope your wrist gets better soon.

    Thanks,
    Mrs. J.D. Darr

  2. rock on. HP will be the new apple, in the netbook world…

  3. See the SPEED of the new SSD’s with benchmarks, in this jkkmobile video he just put up.

    https://jkkmobile.blogspot.com/2009/02/ssd-test-runcore-mini-pci-e-sata-ssd.html

    FAST almost instant applications and saving files (sleep mode almost instantaneous as well. Very very nice. The HP 2140 should be sold with SSD drives that are this FAST.

    This is exactly why for netbooks that no one should even be thinking about hard drive at all. SSD is faster, and with ECC and wearleveling built-in the MTBF on a good SSD should be in excess of 10 years.

  4. Re: “Mini 2140 also has an accelerometer that shuts of the hard drive to prevent damage if you drop the laptop>

    Who cares… All netbooks should have SSDs that read/write in the 50 Mbps to 70 Mbps range (pre jkkmobile testing, as he said that less is unacceptable performance and less uses too much tax on battery)?

    HP 2140 specs on the HP site list ONLY a 80 GB SSD… very strange. As it would be much better to offer 16 GB (smallest size that I find usable), and a 32 GB option as well as 80 GB cost is something that folks really don’t want… so, even an 8, 16,32 GB offering as a customer choice is needed. Very strange these HP people who don’t know that we are in an economy where folks who want an SSD really don’t want to have the more costly 80 GB ones, and would prefer a lower priced choice.

    Again, where is touch screen, where is 15-20 hours of use per battery charge, where is sunlight readable screen? The SONY Viao P is an excellent form factor (as I hate touch pads, would love touch screen instead of other options, however I can use the “thinkpad like mouse button” better than the touchpad. Who designs these things anyway (some engineers I personally know, are out of touch as their computer needs are no where near what normal mobile computer users in business need, so they don’t identify with this REAL need and instead design something and some committee I think ends up deciding on it…and for some reason what they come up with falls short of what the consumer really needs. Consumer’s need – touchscreen readable in direct sunlight and 15-20 hours of use per charge and in a form factor that makes the device seem NOT OBVIOUS (so portable that you forget that you have it with you, yet with a keyboard that allows for touch typing).

    1. PS – the ideal match for any mobile user is to have as small an SSD as is possible, and to have an external USB powered hard drive to backup to (or to use as own storage that can be put into a pocket and kept away from the netbook… so itf the netbook is stolen, then the data does not go with it.

      For an external drive… that HP (and others) should be offering as an accessory to a unit with a 16 GB SSD internal drive, well, here is an interesting device that would work and have some redundancy (only it does not need the options it has as it should come with only a RAID 1 option) See:
      Addonics Portable Dual Drive RAID enclosure
      https://www.addonics.com/products/enclosures/AE25RDESU.asp
      (note that this device has E-SATA and USB powered connector options, meaning that with the HP 2140 you could use the an Express 54 E-SATA card, or USB to use the RAID-1 very portable external hard drive enclosure) – note taht Addonics has only tested an 80 GB pair of SATA drives with the USB powered feature (per a phone call, they don’t have a supply of larger drives of different manufacturer’s to test).

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