HP Compaq Mini 110c Netbook Review

We now offer the test of the HP Compaq Mini 110c, a 10.1-inch netbook with a bulk content. Given the increasing number of models which is difficult for manufacturers to differentiate themselves, Compaq has understood this, and therefore chose to build its share in the comfort of using the keyboard, a point generally sensitive to many netbooks. But the keyboard is not the only highlight of the Mini 110c. Its price of only € 279 also makes it very interesting to compete. To find out more, go to the following test. But first, lets take a look at the technical specifications of the Compaq Mini 110c:

Microprocessor 1.60GHz Intel Atom Processor N270
Microprocessor Cache 512KB L2
Memory 1024MB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)
Memory Max 1024MB
Video Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Video Memory Up to 128MB
Hard Drive 16GB (Solid State Drive Flash Module)
Multimedia Drive
Display 10.1” Diagonal SD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 576)
Fax/Modem 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards(17a)
Network Card Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Wireless Connectivity
  • HP un2400 Mobile Broadband
  • 802.11b/g WLAN
Sound HD Audio
Keyboard 82 key (92% Full size)
Pointing Device Touch Pad with dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down (note: no on/off button)
External Ports
  • 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
  • 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
  • Headphone-out/Microphone in combo jack (compatible with 3.5mm 4-conductor jack with stereo audio and mono mic)
  • 1 VGA (15-pin)
  • 1 RJ -45 (LAN)
Other Devices
  • HP Webcam with integrated microphone
Security Kensington MicroSaver lock slot

Power-on password

Accepts 3rd party security lock devices

Power
  • 3-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
  • 30W AC Adapter

 

HP Compaq Mini 110c – Exterior design

 

The Compaq Mini 110c has a discreet black design. The Compaq logo is quite large and can be easily recognized in the first glance.

As often on laptops the HP group, patterns are present in over-printing. Here there are small squares slightly clearer. This technique can add a touch of originality without display design too exuberant. What attracts many users, both the general public and professionals.

Front view

 

The front contains no port.

 

On the left you can see the switch for powering.

 

Another switch is also present in the right frame. It allows this time to enable or disable the wireless WiFi network. The latter supports the standard 802.11 g. The reception quality is good, like as the sensitivity. The rates are comparable to those found on other models equipped with a WiFi chip.

Left

 

Present here, the Kensington lock attachment, made for power industry, an air vent, USB port and finally the jack dedicated to both the headphone and microphone input.

Right Side

 

The rest of the connector is integrated on the front with two extra USB ports, card reader or flash memory, the VGA output and finally the Ethernet jack.

Rear View

 

Only the back of the battery is visible here. The tested model was equipped with a battery of three cells, the latter is fully integrated into the chassis unlike the six-cell netbook model which has a fairly large protrusion, similar to that of Dell Inspiron Mini 10.

Bottom view

 

Compaq has chosen to maintain an access door to the side dedicated to the memory. However, to access the hard drive, you will have to remove the entire chassis. A practice now becoming more common on models sold in recent months.

The chassis is common to other netbooks from the HP group, the Mini retains 110c location dedicated to the SIM card on versions equipped with a 3G + modem built here even if this function is not available.

Thickness compared to a AAA battery

 

With a maximum height of 32 mm, the Mini 110c is within the average range of 10-inch netbooks. The power supply is however much more compact than many competing models with dimensions of 90 x 36 x 27 mm. The weight is too much content with only 77 g. An appreciable compactness is found when it comes to slip it into a bag.

If the Compaq Mini 110c has a connection similar to that offered by other netbooks, it has however a quality manufacturing and assembly particularly well to a model sold in less than 300 €. Now let’s see if the inside has a similar task.

HP Compaq Mini 110c – Interior Design

The screen

Despite its extremely affordable price, the 110c Mini has a LED slab that allows it to benefit from a backlight which is more uniformed while being more energy efficient. The brightness is adjustable by 10 positions and is suitable for most situations, including outdoors.

The viewing angles are characteristic of a TN panel but still show fairly open compared to some competing models.

 

The hinges provide a smooth continuation to the slab while offering a pleasant handling. The two speakers are located below the slab. Despite a modest size, they offer a proper power, sufficient in most situations. The quality delivered is satisfactory for a netbook.

The webcam

A webcam is integrated in a higher amount of the slab. The quality of images is average, mainly because of softness and noise present fairly, especially in the dark.

The keyboard

 

The keyboard is without any doubt one of the strong points of this mini 110c. The keys are well sized (16 × 16 mm) and have nothing to envy of much bulkier models. However, to successfully integrate widest key, HP had to make concessions on the spacing (only 1 mm here). Therefore, if you’re accustomed to using a keyboard whose keys are spaced, a little adjustment period will be necessary before finding a fluid keystroke. Usage is enjoyable thanks to a rigid seamless.

The touchpad

 

The Mini 110c uses the touchpad already present in the other group models. Its shape is quite characteristic with a width of 60 mm and a height of only 30 mm. If at first glance, the surface seems rather narrow for its use, it is sufficient. The slide is fast, accurate at the rendezvous (possibly after a small adjustment of driver’s preferences). Finally, the only gripe concerns are the position of buttons on either side of the touchpad rather than below as is usually the case.

Temperature

With temps around 40° C for the HDD and 66° C for the processor, the Compaq Mini 110c shows temperatures slightly higher than those usually found on netbooks. The fan runs continuously, however, but obviously this is not enough to keep temperatures low.

HP Compaq Mini 110c – Performance / Autonomy

Like many netbooks, the Compaq Mini 110c is equipped with the Atom processor N270.

 

If performance is delivered at modest, they nonetheless prove sufficient for a basic use of such like for office, surfing the Internet, playing video or using an instant messaging program (MSN or Skype for example) .

 

The Seagate hard drive offers performance located in the average category.

Autonomy

The Compaq Mini 110c is available in several versions. Some come with a six-cell battery and others simply come with three cells.

To measure performance in terms of autonomy, we still achieve our standard tests, namely:

— Maximum brightness, wifi switched : 1:30 approx.
This test provides a measure of autonomy with minimal CPU utilization to 100%, an uncommon situation in practice.

— Average brightness, wifi on and play a divx (1280 × 720) from the hard drive : 2:05 approx.

— Brightness and performance at a minimum, wifi of, office : 3:30 approx .

Conclusion

With its Mini 110c, Compaq offers an attractive netbook in more ways than one. The design is neat and in good order. The design is sober while bringing a touch of originality with the presence of patterns visible on-press. A clever technique to differentiate without damaging the expensive option for many users.

If the keyboard is usually a weak point of netbooks, Compaq here is able to offer its Mini 110c keys very well sized. To achieve this, every available inch on the chassis has been used wisely. Engineers have yet to make some concessions on the space between each key. Consequently, a small adjustment period is needed to regain its bearings and find a striking fluid.

The touchpad is in turn worst. The space occupied by the keyboard was forced to adopt a rectangular shape. If the surface is finally offered enough for comfortable use, the position of the buttons is distinctly less ergonomic.

Other regret is that the slab has a vertical display surface more closely than other netbooks on the market with a height of 576 pixels. Therefore, the user has to scroll more to scroll an entire web page for example. Too bad because the slab is of good quality and the backlight LED provides more in terms of comfort thanks to a brightness suitable for most situations and a backlight more uniformed, while offering lower energy consumption compared to a classic slab.

Unfortunately LED slab does not offer a decent autonomy, because of the presence of a three cell battery on the model tested. Fortunately, the Compaq Mini 110c is offered with a six-cell battery for only twenty euros. Sold at only 279 €, The Mini 110c has a particularly attractive price that comes partly in its small flaws.

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