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HP MINI 5101

alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 reviews of HP MINI 5101. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the design and portability. The keyboard and durability also get good views, whereas there are some less positive views about the touchpad and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP MINI 5101 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of HP MINI 5101 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on People are impressed by the keyboard and usability. The design and durability are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the portability. Many are negative about the size.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Mini 5101 FM955UT 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - Up to 4.5 Hours of Battery LifeHP Mini 5101 FM955UT 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - Up to 4.5 Hours of Battery Life

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Andrew Tiney (

HP Mini 5101 notebook


We've seen several HP netbooks in the past, and although they've always offered excellent usability and quality, there has often been something missing. The HP Mini 5101 is the latest, and sitting at the top end of the netbook market it has to be good...

Quality, keyboard, good connectivity

Price, conservative design won't suit all

First off, the HP Mini 5101 is expensive - very expensive in the specification we tested. While the impressive build quality and conservative design will help it to appeal more to corporate buyers, there's no getting away from the fact that it's...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Tech Staff (

HP Mini 5101 review


HP updates it's netbook range but it is sadly hobbled by Vista

Good screen ; Great build quality ; Good connectivity

Windows Vista on a netbook

The combination of Intel Atom CPUs and Windows Vista have never been a match made in heaven but the build quality of the HP makes this a tempting netbook all the same

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Darren Gladstone (

HP Mini 5101 review


HP pioneered the notion of transforming a netbook into a corporate raider. The idea seems like a budget-conscious no-brainer now, but 18 months ago the HP 2133 Mini-Note was a wolf pack of one. Since then, the netbook market has evolved - and so have...

Until UK pricing is known, it's difficult to offer a definitive verdict on the HP Mini 5101, but it's fair to say that HP has succeeded in delivering a smarter netbook.

Jul, 2009


Expert review by : Laptopfreak (

HP Mini 5101 - Professional travelling companion


HP Mini raises the bar for a compact design coupled with a long battery life. Here HP is really betting on the businessman who requires a mobile device to bring with him on his travels. Exquisite materials of high quality and a solid battery life...

Display brightness ; Quality of materials ; Hardware ; Keyboard ; Design and durability ; Keyboard size ; Battery life ; Audio

Warm at the bottom ; Dust and fingerprints ; Touchpad

HP manages to do a lot of good things with this product. The price is a bit high for the netbook market, so expectations are naturally a bit higher. All our fears are put to rest though, for HP gives us what we want.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Benny Har-Even (

HP Mini 5101 netbook review


HP takes a second stab at the netbook with the Mini 5101. Is this the best portable corporate computer you can buy?

HP's second netbook is the best one we’ve yet seen for design and build, and the high resolution display is another highlight. However, unimpressive battery life and high cost take the shine of an otherwise first-rate machine.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Techworld (

HP Mini 5101 netbook review


Until UK pricing is known, it's difficult to offer a definitive verdict on the HP Mini 5101, but it's fair to say that HP has succeeded in delivering a smarter netbook.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Darren Gladstone (

HP Mini 5101


HP pioneered the notion of transforming a netbook into a corporate raider. The idea seems like a budget-conscious no-brainer now, but 18 months ago th...

Light and small, comfortable keyboard, better touchpad

Speakers are unimpressive

Once we've completed our testing of the Mini 5101, we'll give you a full update and a final score. In the meantime, it's safe to say HP has succeeded in delivering a smarter netbook.

Jul, 2009


Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

HP Mini 5101 netbook


When is a netbook so good that it feels like you're using a regular laptop? Pretty much never, but the HP Mini 5101 feels as close to a real notebook ...

Very sturdy, good performance, 320GB hard drive, 2GB RAM

Function keys' primary and secondary functions are reversed, keys are hard to read in the dark

The HP Mini 5101 feels more like a regular laptop than a netbook and this is because of its sturdy construction, relatively good speed and excellent keyboard design. Not only that, it looks good and it has a 1366x768 screen. There really isn't too much...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by (

HP Mini 5101 netbook approved for use by mini executives


The Mini 5101, or Mini Executive as HP would have it, is now available to purchase, with prices starting at $399.99. While still a netbook at heart, the 5101 h...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Brian X. Chen (

Review: HP Mini 5101 Netbook


HP's new spartan notebook is a minimalist joy. Just don't rely on it for video — the playback has more chop than an episode of...

Attractive, brushed metal aesthetic is welcome change to cluttered look found on many netbooks. Well spaced island keys reminiscent of Apple’s sexy new MacBook keyboard

Weird, choppy QuickTime performance will make latest Transformers movie look like the first Terminator. Battery life weak compared to Asus

Aug, 2009

Product Specifications

Mini Executive. Maximize mobility. The HP Mini 5101 is designed for mobile professionals who want a lightweight mini PC, with a 10.1-inch diagonal LED-backlit display.


Audio included:235 x 315 x 385
Audio system:AD1984 / HD Audio / High Definition Audio
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery life (max):4.5 / 9
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3 / 4 / 6
Run Time (Up To):4.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium Ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB


Front camera resolution:640 x 480
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Video capturing speed:30


Energy Star certified: Yes


Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Netbook

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 5:3
Display diagonal:25.6
Display Resolution:1024 x 600 / 1366 x 768
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:10.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):25.7cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 600/1366 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
Green Tick Certified: Yes


Designed For (MG):Phone
Product Type:Cellular phone battery
Subcategory (MG):Specific batteries


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 950 / No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter model:Integrated

Hard drive

Hard disk drive type:160 GB


Country Kits:United Kingdom
Model:5101/BA S390
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Mini/HTC

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard layout:AZERTY
Keyboard type:95% full-sized keyboard
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Internal Memory:1 / 2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):2
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 / 1 x 2
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade:1 / 2


Cellular Enhancement Protocol:CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. 0 / CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A / EDGE / GPRS / GSM / HSDPA / UMTS / WCDMA/CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. 0 / CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A / EDGE / GPRS / GSM / HSPA / UMTS / WCDMA
Mobile Network Supported:Built-in
Type:None/Wireless cellular modem


3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)/Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 1000
Networking features:10/100/1000 NIC / Marvell Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft 2.0) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15 - 12192
Operating altitude:-15 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60 / -20 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Edition:Windows 7 Starter/Windows Vista Business / Windows XP Professional/Windows XP Home Edition
Family:Linux/Windows 7/Windows Vista / Windows XP/Windows XP
Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Starter/Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11

Other features

Audio system:AD1984 / HD Audio / High Definition Audio
Dimensions (WxDxH):23.2 x 262 x 180 / 262 x 18 x 23.2 / 262 x 180 x 23.2
Docking solution:HP USB 2.0 Docking Station or HP Essential USB 2.0 Port Replicator (all sold separately)
Expansion slots:Slots available for additional devices: Secure Digital (SD) slot and MultiMedia Card (MMC)
Graphics adapter:GMA 950
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard drive controller type:SATA (7200 rpm)
HDD user password: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Maximum hard drive capacity:250
Minimum hard disk space:160
Modem type:No modem included
Power requirements:External 65W HP Smart AC Adapter\n4-cell (29 WHr) high capacity Li-Ion battery / External 65W HP Smart AC Adapter\n4-cell (29 WHr) Li-Ion battery / External 65W HP Smart AC Adapter\n6-cell (55 WHr) high capacity Li-Ion battery
TV in port: No
Wireless option type:Y
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g draft-n / Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/draft-n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11b/g

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Package depth:11
Package height:26
Package weight:2.54
Package width:41.5
Warranty card: Yes


GPS (satellite): No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, stereo microphone in, stereo headphone/line out, power connector, RJ-45
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter output current:1.58
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:30 / 65


Bus type:DMI / FSB
Clock Speed:1.66GHz
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Memory channels supported by processor:1
Memory types supported by processor:DDR2/3
Motherboard chipset:Intel 945GSE Express / Intel NM10
Motherboard southbridge:Intel ICH8M
Number of Processing Die Transistors:123 / 47
Processing Die size:26 / 66
Processor cache:0.5 / 0.512
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Diamondville / Pineview
Processor Cores:1
Processor family:Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.66
Processor front side bus:667
Processor lithography:45
Processor Model:N280 / N455
Processor Number:N280
Processor operating modes:32-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Atom N200 series / Intel Atom N400 series
Processor Socket:FCBGA559
Processor threads:2
Stepping:A0 / C0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):2.5 / 6.5
Tjunction:100 / 90

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:No / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor code:SLBX9 / SLGL9
Processor package size:22
Supported instruction sets:SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Installed Size:1GB/2GB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection type:BIOS / Power on
Security management description:HP Disk Sanitizer, Kensington Lock slot


Bundled software:HP Recovery Manager (Windows Vista only), Roxio Creator 10 (requires separately purchased external optical drive) / MS Office Ready 2007, Corel Office, McAfee Total Protection, MS Live Messenger, Adobe Flash Player, PDF Complete
Drivers included: Yes
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating System Architecture:32-bit
Operating system installed:Linux / Windows 7 Starter / Windows Vista Business / Windows XP Home Edition
Optional operating system supplied:Windows XP Professional


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 250
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:160
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 320 / 80

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB
Notebook Type:Netbook
Recommended Use:Home use


Video card features:Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18 / 19.4
Height :2.32
Height (front):2.32 / 2.35
Height (rear):3.21
Weight:1.2 / 1.23
Width:26.2 / 26.8