February 27, 2010 at 9:43 am
The HP Mini 210 HD netbook costs $75 extra over the standard model coming in at $425. What you get for the premium is a high-resolution (1366 x 768) display with a Broadcom Crystal HD media accelerator card. This is a route a few manufacturers are taking and we saw yesterday that Dell has started to recently ship a similar bundle.
Engadget has posted a review of the HP Mini 210 HD and they felt that whilst Flash playback was supported through the latest Flash Player 10.1 Beta 3, performance was still inconsistent. They recommend instead going for an ION based machine that has no problems playing HD Flash or even waiting for the new Optimus-equipped ION netbooks.
Apart from the HD side of the netbook, the Mini 210 is the same as the original and has a comfortable chiclet keyboard, 6-cell battery good for 7 hours of runtime, a chic design including fingerprint resistant lid. Components such as RAM and HDD can easily be changed and performance was on par with other N450 Atom based models.
One of the major frustrations came from the integrated mouse buttons on the touchpad, the ClickPad as HP has named it. The glossy display is also extremely reflective, more so than other netbooks. Click here for the full review.