Want an HP Mini 5102 with a high definition display, SUSE Linux, and a 128G SSD? You can now officially order that configuration through the HP website. You’d just best be prepared to pay $868.

In fact, you can now customize the HP Mini 5102 business-class netbook any way you want. Unfortunately, the lowest priced model (with SUSE Linux, a 160GB hard drive, and 1024 x 600 pixel display) will set you back $518, which is about $119 more than the price of the lowest Smart Buy configuration (as of next week).

A top-of-the-line configuration could easily run well over $1000.

Here are some of the configuration options available:

  • OS: Choice of Windows 7 Starter, Win 7 Pro, Win XP Home, SUSE Linux 11, or FreeDOS
  • Display: 1024 x 600 pixels, 1366 x 768 pixels, or 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen (there is no HD touchscreen option)
  • Graphics: Optional Broadcom HD Video Decoder card
  • RAM: 1GB to 2GB
  • Storage: 160GB/250GB/320GB 7200RPM HDD or 80GB/128GB SSD
  • Wireless: Optional Bluetooth 2.1, choice of 802.11a/b/g/n or 802.11b/g/n
  • 3G: Optional Gobi 2000 mobile broadband card with GPS
  • Battery: 4 cell, 29Whr or 6 cell, 66Whr
  • Colors: Red, blue or black lids

The optional handle attachment costs $30. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s probably worth pointing out that the handle is not designed to be user-removable. If you order the netbook with the handle, it stays attached all the time.

Unfortunately it looks like you’re going to have to shell out some extra cash if you want the touchscreen or an HD display. Those options won’t be made available in any Smart Buy configurations that I’m aware of.

thanks tlove!

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19 replies on “HP Mini 5102 now fully customizable (for a price)”

  1. Is it work the extra $45 to add the Broadcom graphics decoder? Without it are you still able to view HD content?

    Also does anyone know if the touchscreen option is capacitive or resistive? I have heard different reports.

    1. The issue is that the 450/470 pinetrail processors (and the 270s) cannot handle the raw processing required to present a 720p video without horrible stutter. The graphics cards onboard netbooks do not have sufficient horsepower to resolve the situation currently. In conclusion, you need the broadcom HD accelerator card if you want to watch HD content on a netbook enjoyably. The touchscreen is capacitive but it doesn’t come in an HD version, only 1024×600.

      1. Actually, 720p video often isn’t a problem. Most netbooks can handle 720p in
        at least some formats, although CPU usage is usually pegged near 100%. But
        1080p HD video is a no go.

      2. Thanks for the coupon and the info. The HD is accelerator definitely worth the extra $18. Its funny, I have spoken with 3 different reps at HP over the last couple weeks and nobody could confirm the a touch screen was even an option let alone what type of touch screen it was. I think this will be my next netbook…the only other on eI was waiting for was the Viliv S10 but that could be another 2 months before its available.

      3. For people who have put the Broadcom HD decoder into other netbooks, it seems like they have to use a custom versions of software, since only certain software can utilize the HD accelerating functions. Is this true? Or is the HD decoder usable by all applications and the OS itself?

  2. That handle is wack. If you can’t remove it, so they’re saying it just will get in the way when you don’t need it like shoving it in a suitcase for a quick trip. If they can’t make it removable at least don’t steal the handle off a refrigerator? (Industrial design gone amok?)

    1. The handle is great. It articulates under the unit when you’re working so it doesn’t protrude from the back unless you want it to.

  3. As of 4:26AM CST on 1/29/2010 guess what? You guessed it, the 5102 is now missing from the HP small biz site yet again. What on earth are those HP folks doing? The real question is, are they listening to us and making rapid course corrections?

    Still eager to purchase a 5102, still waiting for a reasonable pricetag.

    1. Would you mind sharing the %12 code for HP? Iam configuring one with a touchscreen and it $708. Which unfortunately is out of my budget. Even if I could afford it, I wouldn’t spend that much on it!

      1. The coupon code for 12% off the 5102 is either CTO5102 or 5102CTO. I lost my notes on this but if you look around the net and find their “coupon naming convention” it is the same for the 5102 as it is for other HP small biz products.

        1. Well I took the plunge. Ordered one today and should have it by the 18th. Thanks again for the code. It brought an absurdly priced netbook back into (although still premium) reasonable price range.

  4. I suppose there’s a digit missing from the energy rating quoted for the 6 cell battery: 66 Wh says the HP website. 🙂

  5. Bard is indeed correct. It appears we’re chasing ghosts. The HP small biz site keeps changing by the minute. The latest change is it now says “from $518” for the 5102 but there is not yet a way to configure one at that price point. That too may change in the coming hours.

  6. Actually, (I hate to keep scooping the great folks at liliputing) as of 3:07 CST on 1/28/2010 the 5102 has been removed from the HP small business website altogether.

    The pricing you quoted above isn’t completely accurate as to what I saw the previous day either. (the combination of Linux and HD screen…I think there are driver issues for compatibility with the accelerator card)

    I have no idea what HP is thinking with this product. They keep waffling on what they are going to do with it next.

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