The HP Mini 2140 netbook is the company’s business class version of the HP Mini 1000. Like HP’s first venture into the netbook Arena, the HP 2133 Mini-Note, the 2140 has a professional looking and sturdy aluminum finish, an excellent keyboard with wide keys, and an ExpressCard slot. But like the HP Mini 1000, this netbook has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU which offers better performance than the VIA C7-M processor used in the earlier HP netbooks.
The folks at HP were kind enough to send me an HP Mini 2140 to play with for a few days. I’ll have a complete review soon. But initially, there’s a lot to like. The build quality is unparalleled in the netbook space right now. HP also includes Drive Guard technology which uses an accelerometer to shut down the hard drive when your computer is in free fall, thus reducing the risk of data loss if your computer slips out of your hands and falls to the ground.
But the glossy display means this netbook will be hard to use outside, and HP has chosen to use a 1024 x 576 pixel screen which means you get a little less room for web browsing and other activities than you would have on a netbook like the Asus Eee PC 1000HE with a 1024 x 600 pixel screen.
While the HP 2140 is thicker and heavier than the HP Mini 1000, the company has decided to still provide only 2 USB ports, which may be fine for some users. But others may feel the need to carry around a USB adapter. On the bright side, this netbook has a full sized VGA port, unlike the HP Mini 1000, which requires an adapter.
You can check out some more photos comparing the HP Mini 1000 and HP 2140 after the break.