HP Mini 2140 reviewed – worth the premium

March 23, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Despite the fact that the HP Mini 2140 is targeted towards business users and comes at a premium price point, it is still one of the most well regarded netbooks in the market today. Following a video overview of the netbook last week, Lilputing has now posted a thorough review of the Mini 2140.

Overall impressions were positive, with the premium price point going towards a solid aluminium and magnesium alloy case, an accelerometer, a spill resistant keyboard, an ExpressCard slot, and a decent 3-cell battery. There is also another version of the Mini 2140 due in April that offers a higher-resolution (1366 x 768) screen. The revised Mini 2140 is one that we can’t wait to see in person as it’ll be the first 10-inch model with a HD screen. We have also attached a jkOnTheRun video review of the HP Mini 2140 after the break if you’re interested in HP’s little marvel.

Key points from the review:

  • The HP Mini 2140 looks almost exactly like the 8.9-inch HP 2133 Mini-Note. Both have large keyboards with nearly full sized keys, and small touchpads with buttons on the left and right instead of underneath.
  • The HP Mini 2140 is one of the most attractive netbooks around.
  • It has just 2 slots as the ExpressCard slot takes up most of the space.
  • The HP Mini 2140 does not have heating problem that the Mini 2133 had.
  • It has the best looking keyboard of any 10-inch netbook. It stretches virtually from one end of the chassis to the other. The keyboard is “spill-resistant” against minor spills.
  • The touchpad does not support multitouch gestures.
  • It has a bright, glossy (1024 x 576) display. Whilst the glossy display is attractive it reflects glare when in direct sunlight. The screen area is also the only fingerprint magnet on the laptop.
  • Expected battery life of over 3 hours in normal web surfing conditions.


6 Responses to “HP Mini 2140 reviewed – worth the premium”

  1. GoEverywhere Team said:
    March 23rd, 2009 6:29 PM

    Thanks for the review – I’m glad to hear that it has a large keyboard. I think that’s important for most adult users who are using their netbook frequently! And with the move to cloud computing and the ability to work from any place with Internet access, I don’t see why netbooks won’t continue to be a low-cost but highly effective resource for startup businesses and work at home professionals.

  2. hp computer said:
    March 23rd, 2009 9:48 PM

    hey, great review and that is a nice computer. hp is definitely one of the best

  3. Netbooks said:
    March 24th, 2009 12:54 PM

    It’s a nice machine, but I just don’t know if a lot of consumers will pay a premium price for a netbook that is similar to others that are available at a cheaper price. HP does make good stuff though and I really like the look.

  4. VSB said:
    March 27th, 2009 5:06 PM

    What a shame it’s taking forever for the higher resolution model to be released. If HP don’t hurry up I’ll have to go elsewhere.

    Why on earth doesn’t anyone else offer gigabit Ethernet, higher resolution screens, and ExpressCard slots? Don’t they want to have an advantage over their competitors?