The HP Mini 210 HD is an interesting 10 inch netbook for a couple of reasons. It’s thin and light, and has an interesting case design with a single sheet of plastic over the lid and a matching colored sheet of plastic on the base of the computer. And the laptop has a 1366 x 768 pixel high resolution display, which is a rare feature on a machine with a 10.1 inch screen.

But one of my favorite features of this netbook is the case design which allows you to remove the bottom panel without a screwdriver. This makes upgrading the RAM, replacing the hard drive, or inserting a PCIe card incredibly easy.

When you remove the battery you’ll find two orange buttons which you can press to release the bottom plate of the netbook. You actually have to tug pretty hard to get the panel off, but the plastic is pretty sturdy so it’s save to pull pretty hard — although you might want to press and hold the orange buttons again if nothing seems to be moving.

I shot a brief video showing how to remove the base panel on this laptop, which you can check out after the break.

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6 replies on “Taking apart the HP Mini 210 HD – Video”

  1. I got the basae off ok. Have problem with power coupling, not charging the battery at all. can this be fixed? Vince

  2. I chipped my nails getting the back off. . .lol. . . you made it look a little easier then my experience! 😛

    But the Encoder is in and it looks fantastic, its a lot of machine for a very reasonable price tag!

    1. Yeah, I was scared to take off the back at first — until checking with the
      HP folks who told me you really do have to pull pretty hard. Getting it back
      on is kind of tricky too. I usually find a few uneven areas that I need to
      squeeze tight about two days after replacing the back panel.

  3. I’m upgrading my friends Mini 210 with an HD encoder next week! This video has me looking forward to it. I was thinking it was going to be a several hour affair, now it looks like i could do it over drinks in the dark! Awesome!

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