The HP Mini 5101 business-class netbook has been available for order for a few weeks now, and James Kendrick at jkOnTheRun has been handling a review unit for the past few days. I’m hoping to get a review unit within the next few weeks. But in the meantime, if you’re interested in this netbook you should check out a video overview James posted yesterday.
In a nutshell, he’s very impressed with the netbook’s nearly full sized keyboard, metal casing, and overall build quality. One strange decision HP made with this model was to require you to hit the Fn key plus the F1 through F12 keys if you want to, you know, hit a Function key. In a way, this makes sense. After all, most people are probably going to hit the volume and brightness keys more frequently than the F6 key. But it could take a little getting used to for users that are used to hitting F11 to use a web browser in full screen mode.
The HP Mini 5101 has a number of features that set it apart from your average netbook, including an aluminum/magnesium alloy case, HP’s DriveGuard technology that shuts off the hard drive if it detects the netbook is falling, and a 7200rpm hard drive. The version James is reviewing has a 6 cell battery with a built-in LED that shows how much juice the battery has left.