The Intel Atom-based netbook platform gives a speedy user experience, handing everyday applications with ease. Everything from web browsing to movie watching can be handled with little effort, leaving only HD content and gaming to your larger machine. On the Mini 1000, with the slower 4200RPM 1.8" PATA hard drive, some disk intensive applications were sluggish at times. Boot times felt slower than what we were used to and moving files around from external drives took longer than expected. Looking at our HDTune image below you can quickly see the problem, with much slower data transfer speeds than what you would find on a 5400RPM 2.5" SATA drive.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance): 3DMark06 comparison results:
Notebook / CPU
wPrime 32M time
HP Mini 1000 (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz)
ASUS N10 (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz)
ASUS Eee PC 1000HA (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz)
Lenovo IdeaPad S10 (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz)
Acer Aspire One (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz)
ASUS Eee PC 901 (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz)
MSI Wind (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz)
ASUS Eee PC 900 (Intel Celeron M ULV @ 900MHz)
HP 2133 Mini-Note (Via CV7-M ULV @ 1.6GHz)
ASUS Eee PC 4G (Intel Celeron M ULV @ 630MHz)
ASUS Eee PC 4G (Intel Celeron M ULV @ 900MHz)
Everex CloudBook (VIA C7-M ULV @ 1.2GHz)
Fujitsu U810 Tablet PC (Intel A110 @ 800MHz)
Sony VAIO VGN-G11XN/B (Core Solo U1500 @ 1.33GHz)
Sony VAIO TZ (Core 2 Duo U7600 @ 1.2GHz)
Dell Inspiron 2650 (Pentium 4 Mobile @ 1.6GHz)
HP Mini 1000 (1.6GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950)
ASUS N10 (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950)
ASUS N10 (1.60GHz Intel Atom, NVIDIA 9300M 256MB)
ASUS Eee PC 1000HA (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950)
Lenovo IdeaPad S10 (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950)
Acer Aspire One (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950)
Sony VAIO TZ (1.20GHz Core 2 Duo U7600, Intel GMA 950)
HP dv2500t (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS 128MB)
Sony VAIO FZ (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, Intel X3100)
HP dv6000t (2.16 GHz Intel T7400, NVIDA GeForce Go 7400)
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 comparison results:
Speakers and Audio
The speakers on the Mini 1000 sound very nice, and easily win out over other netbook models. They are located right underneath the screen, so they don't get blocked with your hands on the keyboard. Bass and midrange are weak, but this is common even on much larger notebooks. Peak volume levels are adequate to fill a small room with a movie or podcast, but headphones might be the better alternative out in public.
Ports and Features
Port selection is sparse from what we have seen on most netbooks, with only two USB ports, LAN, one combo headphone/mic plug, and a proprietary VGA connector. To have video output the purchase of a separate adapter to get VGA is required. The Mini 1000 also has an SD-card reader and for models that do not have a hard drive, a special USB port for storage expansion.
One odd feature is a missing Kensington Lock slot related with a proprietary connector that looks more like a lanyard hook than a security attachment point.
Heat and Noise
While the older Mini-Note 2133 with the VIA platform that scorched pants and fingertips the newer Atom-based model is cool to the touch. The palmrest and keyboard are slightly above room temperature and the bottom panel is finally lap friendly. The only hotspots were above and below the stick of RAM, which included the touchpad, since it is right above that area. Noise from the cooling fan was minimal even under stress. The temperature readings below are listed in degrees Fahrenheit:
With the screen brightness set to about 60 percent and wireless active the HP Mini 1000 managed 2 hours and 55 minutes of battery life before it had to go into sleep mode. This is a big step up when you look at the Mini-Note 2133 which only managed 2 hours and 15 minutes on the same size battery. The downside to the slim battery design and location on the Mini 1000 makes it nearly impossible to design an extended battery for it. For travel use, especially with 3G WWAN, you are really living life one outlet at a time.
The HP Mini 1000 is a clear winner on the netbook front, offering a great design and being very user-upgrade friendly. It offers the best keyboard out of the entire netbook crowd, only matched by the earlier Mini-Note 2133 which uses the same design. We are delighted HP finally decided to refresh their netbook with the Atom platform since it increased battery life over the VIA model and greatly reduced the amount of heat thrown off the processor. With great build quality, a spring-loaded RAM slot, awesome keyboard, and super slim design it is easy to give the HP Mini 1000 our Editor’s Choice award. We feel it is well deserved even with the missing VGA port and limited battery options.
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