HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

Summary: Hewlett-Packard has spent most of the year so far revamping its business laptops, desktops and workstations. Now, the consumer-grade notebooks are getting the same treatment.

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Hewlett-Packard has spent most of the year so far revamping its business laptops, desktops and workstations. Now, the consumer-grade notebooks are getting the same treatment.

It's a tad surprising that HP didn't wait until later in the summer time to release these laptops as they are budget-friendly (and certainly bright) enough to be perfect for the back-to-school season. Perhaps HP wants to beat everyone else to the punch, but hopefully these machines won't be forgotten before August.

Until then, here's the most important specs to know on each of these three portable computers:

HP Mini 210 (pictured right)

  • Intel Atom processor options
  • Built-in WLAN
  • Beats Audio technology
  • Webcam
  • Flush-button touchpad
  • Nearly full-sized, spill-resistant keyboard
  • HP's QuickWeb interface
  • Battery life: Up to 9.5 hours with six-cell battery
  • Updated color design throughout the exterior (not just the top of the computer)
  • Availability: June 15 in a rainbow assortment of shades (charcoal, crimson red, luminous rose, ocean drive and sweet purple)
  • MSRP: $299.99

HP Pavilion dv4 (pictured below)

  • 14-inch diagonal HD BrightView display
  • Intel and AMD processor options
  • AMD Radeon graphics options
  • Optional Blu-ray disc player
  • Up to 1TB of hard drive space
  • Dolby Home Theater technology
  • Altec Lansing speakers
  • HP CoolSense technology for improved internal cooling of the machine
  • Availability: May 18 in blue and black
  • MSRP: $599.99

HP Envy 14 (pictured above)

  • 14.5-inch HD BrightView Infinity LED display
  • Intel Core second-generation processor options
  • AMD Radeon graphics
  • Beats Audio
  • Back-lit keyboard
  • Updated clickpad with integrated buttons
  • HP CoolSense technology
  • Availability: June 15
  • MSRP: Starts at $999.99

Topics: Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

    No Atom Dual Core Mini 311 Gen 2 line-up with Ion 2 - shame.
    neilpost
    • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

      @neilpost With the HP dm1Z and the AMD Fusion chip, there's really no need for any Atom or Ion 2 models in their lineup anymore except perhaps for a slight price savings.
      jgm@...
  • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

    No mention of standard or alternative O/S. I would not like to pay for any Windows, since at most would be dual-boot Ubuntu, & more probably no Win at all.
    olddogv
    • Really?

      @olddogv
      For the one percent who would buy a Linux OS laptop. Do you really think HP will worry? You think a laptop without Windows would be cheaper. But you would be wrong. Because then without Windows crapware would be no more and there goes the stuff that reduces laptop prices.
      jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
      • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

        @jscott418 A laptop without Windows is indeed cheaper as has been shown by models that have been sold without Windows. For the record, HP does offer SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop for its business laptop models.
        jgm@...
      • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

        @jscott418

        HP hasn't offset costs with crapware for over a decade. They still put as much on there as they can. Want snapfish? No. Well, we'll give it to you anyway. Frankly, it just isn't a consideration, if it ever has been.
        tkejlboom
    • They look to ship with Windows 7 as the standard OS

      @olddogv
      on HP's web site. didn't see a mentiom of alternate OS's, though but I could have missed that.
      Bill Pharaoh
  • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

    Are any of these full HD (1920x1080)?
    bignerd
    • Why would you need that?

      @bignerd
      Why on a small screen would you need that high of a resolution? You would need a magnifying glass just to read the font!
      jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
      • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

        @jscott418

        Nope, some of us can actually see quite well. I think the redesign of the Envy line is a tremendous disappointment. The 13" and 15" were better, though I do love the new powersupplies on the Envy's. The powersupplies are very small and very lightweight. Beyond that, they should at LEAST be going for 1440x900, and I really wish they'd pull the optical drive for once an all across the board. Oh, and their BIOS could use some work.
        tkejlboom
      • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

        @tkejlboom

        I find that not having an optical drive doesn't really limit me that much. Most of what I need to use doesn't require it, and when I absolutely need a disc, I can just create an ISO on another computer and mount it on my laptop.

        I've been living optical-drive free on my mobile computers for nearly 6 years, and I haven't needed one yet.
        vel0city
  • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

    Personally don't give a hoot about the "OS debate" and certainly do NOT need "full HD" in that size (Human factors exist for a REASON)! Having a full HD OUTPUT can be of value to some, but not sure what percent. One thing that bugs the pudding out of me is their insistance of using polished face displays. We have ONE "consumer NB with polished screen, and all others are "business" with antiglare. In the home environment, I submit that polished is absolutely horrible, and a huge turn off for any "consumer PC" (Are you listening, HP????). Low power, longer battery life and spillproof KB are each a definite plus. Finally, these updates are still too different from tablets, which so many folks are considering - Probably just too much Social Inertia within HP design & marketing departments to allow very much innovation... Ho-hum improvements and offensive glare screen will keep me away from them.
    Willnott
    • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

      @Willnott

      "Finally, these updates are still too different from tablets, which so many folks are considering"

      Maybe HP are going to sell tablets to people that want tablets and laptops to people that want laptops.

      Just a thought.
      OffsideInVancouver
    • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

      @Willnott When they say Full HD display, they mean 1366x768. Thats not that high of a resolution on those displays, and I find it quite cramped. I'd prefer they use 1440x900 on a 16:10 display instead of 768. Not quite enough vertical pixels in my book.
      vel0city
  • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

    I bought last year's model of the mini 210HD; the current version can also be bought with the HD option -- which gives you 1366x768 for only $20 more. I wanted a netbook (Blackberry too small to build web sites; full-size laptop too large to carry around town all day) but wasn't willing to bother with a standard 1024x600 netbook screen (which by most measures is ridiculous and un-useful). And for those who missed it in the article (*I* did!), the link you were looking for is: http://www.shopping.hp.com/laptop/mini
    jdoblak@...
    • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

      @jdoblak@...
      Exactly whi I bought my Mini 311, except it has the extra oomph from the Ion chipset to do almost perfect 1080p over the HDMI. Flash still sucks though, even the long in incubation hardware accelerated 10.1 and 10.2.

      Netbook screens need to grow up a little, as 1024x600 is almost unusable.

      1366x768 should be entry level these days.
      neilpost
  • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

    what's budget about 999.99 on the last one is that a printing errorr?????????
    spera_28@...
  • RE: HP unveils budget-friendly consumer laptops, refreshed Mini 210 netbook

    No mention of standard or alternative O/S. I would not like to pay for any Windows, since at most would be dual-boot Ubuntu, & more probably no Win at all.
    http://www.dacsandatphanrang.com
    tranhoa1234
  • Chromebook Killer??

    Hmm? I could buy a HP mini-210 for $299, OR I could buy the Acer Chromebook, get comperable processor and ram specs, one tenth the storage and only have to spend fifty dollars more at $349? WHAT A DEAL!!!
    Scubajrr