HP also has a couple of netbooks that are competitively priced. One of them is the HP Mini 210-2070nr priced at $350. Its features are not that great actually but because of its price, it still garners some attention from consumers.
The HP Mini 210-2070nr’s design can be summed up in just 1 word, plain. It will not win any awards for its lack of patterns. The charcoal black color with silver trim is also not going to help. Then again, design is not an important criterion in judging netbooks. Still, the device could have used some simple patters on its lid and body.
This netbook weighs 2.9 pounds which is better than average. The 10.1-inch screen offers the standard 1024 x 768 resolution. However, HP offers to improve this to 1366 x 768 for an additional $20. It is cheap but shouldn’t be patronized. There are some 10.1-inch netbooks that have 1366 x 768 resolution by default.
The keyboard is a 93% chiclet-style one that is still roomy despite not being full-sized. The keys are well-spaced and comfortable to type on. The touchpad is also very fluid and does not jump on occasions. The mouse buttons were very soft and nice to use.
One key feature of the HP Mini 210-2070nr is its fast hard drive. The 250GB hard drive runs at 7200 RPM. This is a great feature to have on a $350 netbook. Most netbooks in this price range are only equipped with 5400 RPM drives.
The processor of the HP Mini 210-2070nr is the 1.67Ghz Intel Atom N455. This means it only has a single core running at 1.67Ghz. The RAM is also minimal, only having 1GB available. With these specifications, the netbook is not expected to be very fast. It is perfect for simple office or school work.
Since the screen and processor does not draw too much power, battery life is expected to be very high. Thankfully, HP equipped the device with a 66Wh battery. This gives rise to an astounding 8.5 hours of battery life that is way off the average which is 7.5 hours.
The thing that makes this netbook appealing to users is the fast hard drive and long battery life. Speed is not really that important if you are merely word processing. On the other hand, fast read and write is important if you access tons of files and type for hours every day.