The netbook market is an interesting place, because you can see that manufacturers are trying to push out better designs and more impressive features, but they also have to be mindful of the price point. They don’t want their netbooks to cost more than their notebooks. Well, HP has found a great middle ground with the HP Mini 5101, a stylish netbook that doesn’t look cheap at all.
The jet black color scheme reminds me a little of the Lenovo ThinkPad line of notebooks, so you can see how something like the HP Mini 5101 can be perfectly suited for the business folks in the audience. I also very much appreciate the MacBook-like chiclet keyboard, especially since its about 92% of full size.
The 10.1-inch widescreen display is LED backlit as well. For storage, this netbook comes standard with a 80GB spinning platter of a hard drive, but you can upgrade to a 128GB SSD if you prefer. That’ll help with performance, battery life, and bootup times for sure.
Rounding out the specs are Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, and a 2.0 megapixel webcam. Look for prices to start at $449.