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The HP Mini 210's features are pretty similar to its sister netbook, the HP Mini 1103 -- which is to say, they're similar to nearly every other budget netbook on the market. But as HP Mini 210 reviews point out, the devil is in the details when it comes to netbook shopping. Laptop Mag's review is especially keen on the roomy, comfortable keyboard, which has a nice tactile response. However, the review rates performance as below average, as does PC Mag, which goes on to say the touchpad is too small. Engadget isn't impressed with the integration of the touchpad buttons into the touchpad itself, noting in its HP Mini 210 review that this design choice makes both functions a little tricky to use.
You can customize a few of the HP Mini 210's features. For example, you can opt for the Windows 7 Premium OS for an additional $35, add an extra gigabyte of RAM for $30, and upgrade to a dual-core Intel Atom 570 CPU for another $35. Of course, any of these upgrades pushes the Mini 210 over the $300 mark, and those three upgrades combined add an extra $100 to the bill. For that kind of money, you can almost buy a better laptop.
The Mini 210's base configuration includes Windows 7 Starter, an Intel Atom N455 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, six-cell battery, three USB 2.0 ports, 10.1-inch display running at a resolution of 1024 x 600, and support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connections.
Although we're very much in favor of netbooks with good, roomy keyboards, it takes more than that to make a good netbook. We're a bit leery of touchpad buttons that are integrated into the touchpad because they're often hard to use; we prefer separate buttons or a touchbar. This netbook's slow performance raises some concern as well, especially considering the Mini 210's $279 starting price.