HP Mini 2140 unboxing review

In the spirit of unboxing new gadgets, I’m posting some unboxing photos and my review for the HP Mini 2140 I got for my wife. After researching the best bang for the buck for what UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) to get. Commonly known as netbook as a more general term but other PC makers don’t want to call their products as such. Narrowed down my choices to the HP Mini 2140 10.1 inch and the Gateway LT3102i Ultra Slim Laptop 11.6″. But after much comparison I went with the HP Mini 2140 considering the sleek aluminum design and the keyboard size plus I prefer HP products.

Here are the some box photos and side by side with my antique reliable Compaq Presario 2100us for size comparison.

HP Mini 2140

HP Mini 2140

HP Mini 2140 and Compaq 2100us

Compaq Presario 2100us and HP Mini 2140

HP Mini 2140

Technical Specs:

Model Name
HP B2140 Mini Note
10.1″ WXGA LCD
Intel Atom N270 processor (1.60 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB)
Chipset Intel
Graphics Intel Chipset GMA 950
Operating System
Windows XP Home
Ethernet Communication
Broadcom 10/100/1000 gigabit Ethernet
Broadcom 4311 A/E/G/N Wifi, Bluetooth 2.0
1024 MB (DDR2)
Storage (Hard Disk)
160GB Mobile 1.8in.
Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Built-in Microphone
3 Cells: 5200 mAh, 2hrs*

* Actual battery life will depend on actual operations and other settings.

Ports / Weight
1.19 kg / 2 USB 2.0 / 1 microphone in / 1 headphone/line-out / 1 external VGA monitor / 1 RJ-45 / 1 AC power / 1 Express Card/54 / 1 secure digital

The Pros:

  • Sleek all aluminum lid, solid magnesium alloy chassis makes it durable plus the brush finish gives it an appealing look.
  • Nice keyboard implementation, almost 92% as big as the normal sized laptop keyboards. Keys popups nicely on each tap.
  • Weighing in at just 1.19 kg so pretty light.
  • Fast charging.

The Cons:

  • Because of the almost fullsize keyboard squeezed in. The mousepad room was designed in pretty a awkward left and right buttons. Requires practice to use with one hand.
  • The screen resolution is a couple of pixels short 1024×567 from the standard 1024×600
  • 3 Cell Battery life would last only 2.5 hours. Option to get 6 cell but that cost about 4K more.
  • When charging the undersides gets warm.

At P23,995, it’s worth it from the almost identical specs of netbooks in the market. I shelled out P1,300 more for upgrading to 2G of RAM plus P500 more for the ultra cool HP pouch bag which I think should have just been a freebie.