mini 5101 configHP has started offering configuration options for the Mini 5101 business-class netbook. The pre-configured version of this netbook starts at $399, while the base price for customizable models are $539 if you want Windows XP and $498 if you choose the model with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Bear in mind, the only way to get those prices is to ignore all upgrades and remove the WiFi and Bluetooth options.

In other words, even though it only costs $25 to configure the netbook with a high resolution 1366 x 768 pixel display, you’ll essentially wind up paying almost $200 more to get that option… for now. It’s likely that HP will offer a wider variety of pre-configured HP Mini 5101 units soon, at lower prices.

Here are some of the options that are now available:

  • Choice of SUSE Linux or Windows XP
  • Choice of a standard 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display or a higher resolution 1366 x 768 pixel screen for an extra $25
  • 2GB of RAM available for $25 extra (not applicable for Windows XP Home version)
  • Choice of 160GB, 250GB, or 320GB hard drive or 128GB SSD, with the SSD option costing an extra $420
  • Choice of an Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi module as a $20 upgrade from the standard Broadcom module
  • Optional 3G modem for $125
  • 4 cell, 29Whr battery included standard, or upgrade to a 6 cell, 55WHr battery for $25

You can also customize your warranty options and choose accessories including a docking station, hub, or external hard drive.

thanks Andrew!

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11 replies on “HP Mini 5101 now available with Linux, HD screen, other options”

  1. Wait… why can I get a 5101 with Linux and an HD display, but in order to get a Mini 110 with the HD display, I have to get XP? I am displeased.

    1. I’m more displeased that to get the HD version of this for less than $550 I have to strip out Bluetooth, 6-cell battery and Windows … MS office is important to me. Come on with the pre-configured HP; 6-cell, HD screen, Windows … you’ll have my business. Do it fast, cuz that Dell with all of the above AND a TV tuner for $399 is calling my name.

      1. I’m in the same boat…once you add in tax and shipping, it’s a cool $600+ for an basic config with HD. A little steep for a netbook IMHO.

    1. I’m not aware of any netbook that qualifies for the free Windows 7
      upgrade. Basically the fact that it has an Atom processor and runs
      Windows XP pretty much rules it out.

  2. I have never understood HP’s configuration pricing. Sure, a preconfigured unit is cheaper to make than a custom one, but it does NOT cost $100-$200 to do so. People may bitch about Apple’s high prices, but if they say it’ll be $50 to upgrade the hard drive, then it’s $50 full stop.

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