HP has begun offering the Mini 110 netbook with a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display. Up until a few days ago you only had the option of ordering this netbook with a 1024 x 576 pixel display or a high resolution 1366 x 768 screen.
The change doesn’t affect all models just yet. If you order the HP Mini 110 Mi Edition with Linux you’ll still get a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 576 display, but the slightly higher res version is now included in the base price of the Windows XP model.
Earlier this year a handful of PC makers including HP started releasing mini-laptops with 1024 x 576 pixel displays. Technically these screens have one advantage: They have a true 16:9 aspect ratio which means you can watch many HD videos on these netbooks without dealing with any black bars at the top or bottom of the screen. On the other hand, most folks I know spend most of their time on netbooks surfing the web, writing documents and doing things besides watching HD video. And those 24 vertical pixels make a bigger difference than you would think on a netbook which already has a relatively low resolution display. I don’t think there are a lot of people with 1024 x 600 pixel displays complaining about the odd 16:10 aspect ratio.
I now understand why HP reprogram the screen resolution on their mini netbook to 1024×576. Typically, HP is struggling to market their minis as movie friendly netbook. Having 1024×576 screen resolution is the same ratio as the 16:9, most for widescreen movies. I have an HP Mini 110-1013TU and watching widescreen movies is absolutely fantastic. The only downside I may say is that when plugging it to an external screen panel (projector or LCD monitor). I have a Samsung LCD monitor for my desktop and while preserving the screen resolution to the native 1024×576 my mini has, I notice a black strip at the top and the bottom part of my LCD monitor. Most of LCD monitors and projectors for that matter recognizes support only to 1024×600 pixels screen resolution so it really affects the performance of my mini on external screens. Even watching videos on the external LCD monitor still creates the black strips even you view it on the mini fullscreen. The solution for this is to adjust the mini screen resolution to its minimum 640×480 (VGA) resolution since most of the external screen panels support this resolution.
I made a remote access with my friend’s netbook just recently using crossloop because he wants me to check on his settings as well, to my surprise, his netbook has a varied choice of screen resolutions from the minimum of 640×480 up to 1366×768 display. It has choices as well as to 1024×600 and 1024×576 to support the 16:9 aspect ratio for that matter. I bought my mini November 2009 and of course, since it has been already a long time, a lot of modifications were also developed my some notebook manufacturers.
I just hope HP as a trusted brand will create another version of netbook with the following specs:
Processor: Intel Atom N475 (1.83Ghz)
RAM: at least 2GB
Video/Graphics Card: any intel mobile chipset and of course a varied choice of screen resolution support to fit any occasion as needed.
Wireless Network Adapter: Broadcom 802.11n + Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
LAN Ethernet Support: preserve Atheros
Suggestion: I guess HP should coordinate with some Webcam vendors (like A4Tech) since their webcameras especially for mini notebooks are design for daylight and very terrible at night, even on how much time you invest adjusting the camera settings.
HD videos with Atom CPU’s?
Being that most netbooks have that one, is just plain stupid to have that resolution. There are MANY applications that counts on you having at least 600 points.
i need help how to set my diplay pic on my hp mini 110
hp has had 1024×600 screens available all along – they just only released them to certain vendors.
I wouldn’t call that an advantage; it’s not like you got anything in return for losing those pixels except a bigger bezel.
Check your math, Brad. 1024/600 is not 16/10…
One can only hope!
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