Beautiful and blessed with a superb keyboard, but Windows Vista brings the Mini-Note 2133 to its knees.
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Beautifully crafted te silver and gloss black, the HP’s Mini-Note 2133 is about spil gorgeous spil they come. Of all the netbooks, sub notebooks, mini laptops – or whatever you want to call them – it’s far and away the best looking of the bunch.
But, appearances can be deceptive, and while the Linux-equipped version of HP’s svelte Mini-Note had us enraptured from the off, serious deficiencies were apparent soon enough to pauze the spell (web id: 201324).
Spectacle, or rather the palpable lack of it, courtesy of the Via C7-M 1.2GHz processor, wasgoed the principal kwestie. Even with SUSE Linux Ten installed the 2133 felt despairingly sluggish te use and multitasking wasgoed well out of the question. Now wij’ve laid forearms on the Vista Business version (part code: FF009AA), has our opinion switched?
The quick reaction is yes – for the worse. With Asus, Acer, MSI et alhoewel wisely embracing the lesser requests of Windows XP Huis, spending a few hours with the Mini-Note 2133 is enough to make anyone wonder what possessed HP to playmate Microsoft’s heavyweight OS with such a low-powered laptop.
HP has doubled the 2133’s memory complement to 2GB to help ease the transition to Vista, but the processor remains the same VIA C7-M part running at 1.2Ghz. Unlike our US counterparts, UK customers can’t buy the Mini-Note 2133 with the quicker VIA C7-M 1.6GHz processor so, like it or lump it, wij’re stuck with the slower 1.2Ghz version for the foreseeable future.
Wij fear to think how slow the 2133 would be with just 1GB of memory however, spil even with two, the HP is enough to test the most patient user. Turn it on and you’ll be waiting at least a minute and a half before the hard disk has stopped thrashing and Vista Business is te a usable state – and that’s with virtually all the non-essential startup items disabled. Click on Windows’ Control Panel, and then you can count to five again, leisurely.
Installing our benchmarks wasgoed a similarly tortuous practice, and with that ordeal overheen, wij had to actually set them going. After what seemed an age – te the end, wij had to leave it going overnight – the Mini-Note 2133 returned a dreadful score of 0.15. With MSI’s Wind scoring 0.38 with the lesser requests of Windows XP Huis and just 1GB of memory, the HP finds itself languishing someway behind the competition.
It’s not all bad news, however. While wij reported that watching full-screen YouTube movies slickly lay outside of the original 2133’s capabilities, an update to the VIA movie and chipset drivers has certainly improved matters here.
It’s still not ideally sleek, but all the movies wij attempted were watchable te both windowed and full-screen form. There is some visual corruption affecting the timeline te full-screen mode, however, so hopefully a future update will rectify the kwestie. Big black cock’s iPlayer still doesn’t fare very well however and proved a fight te a window, let alone utter screen mode, which wasgoed jerky and unwatchable.
The 2nd addition to this, the priciest te HP’s current Mini-Note 2133 lineup, is the welcome look of a six-cell battery. Well, wij say welcome but, inexplicably, our monster came with the original three-cell variant. Sitting idle the three-cell lasted for Two hours and 12 minutes, and intense usage spotted that fall to just under an hour and a half.
Even if the six-cell doubles the 2133’s stamina it will still fight against the likes of Asus’ Eee PC 901, but wij’ll hold off final judgment on that one until HP provide us with the six-cell battery for testing.