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HP Mini 2140 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £435
inc VAT


10.1 in 1,024×576 display, 1.2kg, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 2.00GB RAM, 160GB disk, Windows Vista Business

HP’s Mini 2140 looks almost identical to the company’s 2133 Mini-Note which is no bad thing.

The brushed metal case looks classy and feels very robust. The 2140 has an Intel Atom N270 processor, which is quicker and generates far less heat than the 2133’s slow Via C7-M chip.

The 2140 has 2GB of RAM, which is plenty for running several programs at the same time. Vista Business is pre-installed and, although it doesn’t feel quite as responsive as Windows XP, it feels far quicker and more usable than it does on Sony’s Vaio, which also has 2GB of RAM but a slower Atom processor. That said, we’d have preferred XP for the best performance.

Although the 2140’s 10.1in screen is the same size as many other netbooks here, it has a slightly lower resolution of 1,024×576. This is 24 pixels shorter than most of the other 10in displays here. It may not sound much, but it makes the bottom of many windows inaccessible, which is irritating. Most colours look bright and rich, but black areas are washed out and images also have a slight grainy sheen.

The 2140’s large and responsive keyboard is thankfully unchanged from the 2133. It’s a pleasure to type on, although the keys feel slightly slippery due to their glossy sheen. The touchpad is very small, with the buttons placed on either side of the pad instead of underneath it. This takes some getting used to, and in the meantime you’ll probably end up stabbing uselessly at the spot where the buttons should be. There are only two USB ports, instead of three like most of the other netbooks here, but the 2140 is the only model here to have an ExpressCard/54 slot. This can be used to add more USB ports or a 3G modem.

The 2140 lasted for three hours and 16 minutes in our battery test. However, Samsung’s similarly priced N120 lasted in excess of five hours more. Although we liked the 2140’s sturdy metal design and large keyboard, the N120 is cheaper and has better battery life. If you’re going to spend this much money on a netbook, Asus’s Eee PC S101 is far more desirable.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Atom N270
Processor clock speed 1.6GHz
Memory 2.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 2GB
Size 34x262x164
Weight 1.2kg
Sound SoundMax HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 15W
Power consumption active 18W


Viewable size 10.1 in
Native resolution 1,024×576
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 256MB


Total storage capacity 160GB
Optical drive model none
Optical drive type N/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 2
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11a/n
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/54
Modem No
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other ports none


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows Vista Business
Operating system restore option restore partition
Optional extras six cell battery £78

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £435

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