HP Mini 311 reviewed – close to 6 hrs battery life

October 7, 2009 at 7:51 pm

HP Mini 311Following on from the HP Mini 311 benchmarks that appeared yesterday, Laptop Mag has released its review of the ION-powered netbook. Overall, it scored highly, earning a coveted ‘Editors Choice’ award. Whilst we’d already seen that performance was way ahead than your traditional netbook, we didn’t know how much of a hit this took on battery life.

Luckily, battery life wasn’t compromised. In their tests, they managed to get a very respectable 5 hours and 46 minutes out of the 6-cell battery. Combine this with a reasonable $399 price point, and sleek chassis, it seems that HP are onto a winner with the Mini 311. Check out the key review points after the break.

Key review points of the HP Mini 311

  • The Mini 311 design is attractive, with a flush 6-cell battery. It’s also not much heavier than other 12-inch netbooks.
  • The keyboard was comfortable to type on, despite smooth keys.
  • The touchpad is a bit disappointing as it has too much friction, the mouse buttons are also slightly stiff.
  • The 1366×768 11.6-inch glossy display is a pleasure to use. Horizontal viewing angles are good.
  • The Altec Lansing stereo speakers provide better sound than normally found in netbooks.
  • The Mini 311 scored 1,917 on the PCMark05 test, 500 points better than the netbook average.
  • The Mini 311 scored 1,386 in 3DMark06, more than 1,280 points better than the netbook average.
  • Video on Hulu was choppy but the introduction of GPU-accelerated flash (Flash Player 10.1) should lead to smooth video playback.
  • Boot time of 1 minute 44 seconds was very slow; the netbook average is 55 seconds.
  • Heat wasn’t an issue. The Mini 311 stayed relatively cool.
  • 1080p video output fared well, with only few instances of motion blur.
  • Video editing also saw a significant improvement over traditional netbooks.
  • Playing the latest games (such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Far Cry 2) is possible but at very low resolutions.


3 Responses to “HP Mini 311 reviewed – close to 6 hrs battery life”

  1. SpencerUk said:
    October 8th, 2009 5:34 PM

    Wonder if SSD would boost that boot up time?

  2. Andrew said:
    October 29th, 2009 2:39 AM

    I am looking for a netbook that works well for webcasting HD quality video (live and recorded). Does the lack of a separate video chip make the HP Mini 311 a poor choice? Should I wait for the Asus 1201N? Or is there an existing netbook that works well for viewing HD quality video? Please advise. I would like to buy a netbook now, rather than later (unless the 1201N is coming out within a week). Thanks.

  3. Bob said:
    November 18th, 2009 4:25 AM

    @ Andrew :

    You got great news – The HP Mini 311 is the only netbook – cuz of ION – that can NOW run Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 .. run your HD / youtube videos flawlessly … am told one gets max purchase out of Adobe’s Flash 10.1 from Firefox browser. This is officially now the best ‘complete’ netbook in town. Just download it – see the news here in nbc !