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While the HP Mini-Note 2133 is heavier than other ultraportable notebooks out in the market, it is still the best device for users who want to work and can’t help but stay connected. We take a look at this small wonder and find out whether this device is a worthy addition to your home or office.


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Various companies like Asus, Intel, and even HP have released sub-$1,000 notebooks that run on various operating systems, has enough grunt for simple office processes, and has enough storage space to store various files. The HP Mini-Note 2133 is no exception – it runs on Windows Vista, utilises a VIA C7-M ULV processor running at 1.2Ghz (1.6GHz for the $999 model), supports up to 2GB of RAM, and has a storage capacity of up to 160GB.

The notebook makes do without plastic and adds a touch of class by using a tough, magnesium alloy chassis. The D-Sub out port, USB port, microphone jack, and headphone jack can be found on the left side of the notebook while a Kensington port, AC port, Ethernet port, USB port, ExpressCard54 slot, and SD card slot can be found on its right. In addition, a power and a wireless switch are located up front for easy access.

Opening the lid of the Mini-Note reveals a surprisingly ‘big’ keyboard for easy and comfortable typing, a touchpad with the mouse buttons situated on both sides, an 8.9-inch WXGA screen, speakers, and a webcamera for video conferencing.

 


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Despite using a 1.2GHz VIA processor, users can still be able to run basic office applications and surf the Internet without experiencing major slowdowns. The 8.9-inch screen can display Windows in 1,280×768, giving us additional space to work on. The unit is also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g) enabled, allowing users to connect to any wireless network or device instantly.

HP has also included a suite of proprietary programs to help a user troubleshoot their notebook. Programs like HP Battery Check, HP Health Check, HP Home Network Centre, HP System Information, HP Update, and Wireless Home Network Setup can be accessed via HP folder under the Start Menu.

Under the power saving mode (HP Optimised), the unit lasted a little more than two hours. Increasing the brightness and using heavy programs significantly decreases the battery life, so it may be wise to purchase a six-cell battery for the unit or keep the unit plugged altogether.

Overall, the HP Mini-Note 2133 is a great ultraportable notebook for users who just want a simple device they can work on. The keypad is large enough to prevent annoying typos, the screen is just the right size, and the most basic essentials are offered, giving users more than what they are going to pay for.

See page over for product specifications and final rating.

 

HP Mini 2133 Notebook PC Specifications:

Standard features: 
– VGA web camera
– 3-cell battery
– Up to 256MB shared graphics
– 92% full-size keyboard + touchpad
– HD audio stereo speakers
– Weight: 1.19kg

FJ100PA ($899)
Processor: VIA C7-M 1.2GHz
Screen Size: 8.9″ WXGA
Storage: 120GB
Connectivity: Ethernet, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth
RAM: 1GB
OS: Vista Business

FH441PA ($999)
Processor: VIA C7-M 1.6GHz
Screen Size: 8.9″ WXGA
Storage: 160GB
Connectivity: Ethernet, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth
RAM: 2GB
OS: Vista Business

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HP Mini-Note 2133 | $899 and $999 |  | www.hp.com.au 

For: Construction; Large keyboard; Runs on Windows Vista; Connectivity ports; Form factor
Against: Slow processor will cause major slowdowns at times; Battery life is normal for a notebook but not as an ultraportable notebook
Conclusion: A sturdy notebook you can bring along anywhere.

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