While the netbooks of 2010 so far seem to wear a pretty standard uniform (1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM, and at least an optional 6 cell battery), subtle differences can lead to differences performance. I mean, not so much in the CPU performance, but definitely in the battery life department. Case in point: NDevil has published a series of benchmarks of the HP Mini 210, and while it notched nearly identical scores to the Asus Eee PC 1005PE and Acer Aspire One 532H in 3D Mark, PC Mark 05, and GeekBench benchmarks, the HP Mini 510 with a 6 cell battery fell short in the battery life department.
Of course, just because the HP Mini 210 didn’t run for 10+ hours like the Asus Eee PC 1005PE doesn’t mean its battery is useless. In fact, it ran for 7 hours and 42 minutes during a web surfing test, which is pretty darn good when compared with most other notebooks on the market. It’s just that we’ve come to expect a little more of a machine with an Atom N450 processor.