HP’s latest netbook, the Mini 5103, is more or less a successor to the HP Mini 5102, where you will get beefier hardware specifications, with a choice of an 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 or 1.86GHz Intel Atom N475 processor to power the device. This also means support for speedier DDR3 memory – not much of a difference when you’re word processing and crunching numbers, but then again you won’t be using a netbook to render 3D images, would you? At least HP has the sense to introduce silent updates such as a 7200RPM hard drive that ought to speed up loading times by some, an integrated accelerometer which turns off the hard drive whenever it detects a fall, and a magnesium alloy case for that added touch of security. If you’re feeling rather flush, you can opt to throw in the Broadcom HD video accelerator to support full HD video playback, or introduce a touchscreen display to keep up with the times. Don’t like a hard drive? Throw in an SSD instead. Seems to be an European release at the moment, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled at the FCC to see whether it will be available Stateside or not.
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