HP Mini 110-3730NR Netbook (Black)

HP Mini 110-3730NR Netbook (Black)

HP Mini 110-3730NR Netbook (Black)

The HP Mini 110-3730NR is a meant to be a lifestyle companion for its user. It is designed to be aesthetically appealing and provide the user with just enough resources to get through everyday computing tasks like checking email and surfing the web. This 10inch netbook is powered by an Intel Atom N455 processor coupled with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. The onboard Intel GMA Accelerator 3150 chip can receive up to 256MB of shared memory, which is enough to run standard definition videos and other basic graphics processing. It will only able to run basic games.

The 10.1inch display has a native resolution of 1024×600 (WSVGA), which is perfect for a screen of this size. Any more and the on screen elements would be too small to read comfortably. The 3730NR comes with a 250GB 5400RPM SATA HDD as its primary storage. This is enough to store all the documents, music and movies that you might need whilst you are on the move.

Features & Specifications: -

  • Processor Intel® Atom Processor N455
  • Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Starter (32-bit)
  • Display 10.1″ diagonal WSVGA HP Anti-glare LED Display (1024 x 600)
  • Memory (RAM) 1GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive 250GB (5400RPM) SATA
  • Weight & Dimensions (w x d x h) 2.88 lbs; 10.55″ x 7.51″ x 0.9″/1.26″
  • Wireless Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN
  • Video Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (shared) with up to 256MB Total Available Graphics Memory
  • Finish HP Imprint finish in glossy black

With battery that is rated at 8.5 hours of up time, the HP Mini 110-3730NR is clearly meant for doing simple tasks over a long period of time. As a lifestyle product, it is more focused on enabling the user to stay online whilst on the move and stay connected to their social networks and emails. The high-speed wireless-N WiFi support ensures that the netbook has high-speed data access wherever possible.

The netbook has a smooth finish with a glossy lid that has an HP imprint on it. The keypad occupies all the available space and has chiclet style keys for comfortable typing. One good thing about the keypad is that it has dedicated arrow keys that do not have other combination functions. The palm rest area and the area above the keys have a matte finish and the touchpad is set in to its own area without blending into the palm rest. The touchpad is smooth and has two large click buttons. The over all design features very clean lines and smooth edges. It has two stumps below the screen so that the netbook is at an angle when placed on a flat surface.

The screen has a black bezel around it and centered on the top part is the webcam. The screen also has an anti-glare coating in order to be easier on the eyes and get rid of reflections.

The HP Mini 110-3730NR weighs less 3lbs and is 1.2inches at its thickest. This makes for a really portable machine that will easily fit in to your bag. Buyers reviews have some complaints about the slow speed and the Windows Starter edition that come bundled with it. However, there are ways to get around the limitations imposed by the starter edition that can be found online. And the processor is strong enough to handle simple tasks like web surfing and emailing. However, it is not strong enough to handle multitasking beyond that.

HP Mini 110-3530NR Review

HP Mini 110-3730NR Netbook (Black)

HP Mini 110-3730NR Netbook (Black)

Weighing approximately 2.8 pounds, the HP Mini 110-3530NR is a lightweight, stylish, and effective netbook. The 10.1” diagonal WSVGA HP LED display offers a resolution of 1024 x 600, and is equipped with an antiglare filter that allows you to enjoy optimal media playback in any lighting condition. With a 250 GB hard drive that rivals the size of hard drives included with some conventional laptops, this netbook is capable of storing all of your important files with ease. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the HP Mini 110-3530NR is the preinstalled HP software suite, which includes four useful programs – HP Cloud Drive, Quick Sync, Media Suite, and Quick Web.

Pros

  • HP Cloud Drive – free online file storage gives you the ability to instantly access all of your files from any computer that is connected to the Internet.
  • HP Quicksync – allows you to continually keep your files, bookmarks, and e-mails up to date across multiple computers. In other words, any changes made to your HP Mini could also instantly be made to another computer that is connected with HP Quicksync.
  • HP Media Suite – lets you share, organize, and capture video clips and photographs in an aesthetically pleasing, convenient, and centralized software interface.
  • HP Quick Web – takes your Internet browsing experience to the next level by giving you an easy way to access all of your favorite websites, e-mail addresses, and instant messaging clients.
  • Battery Life –The powerful lithium-ion battery has a runtime of up to 8.75 hours, and multiple power settings, making this HP Mini ultra portable.
  • Ideal Netbook Graphics – with an Intel graphics media accelerator 3150 and up to 256 MB of available graphics memory, this netbook is capable of displaying vivid colors and bringing all of your favorite games and movies to life.

Cons

  • 1 GB RAM maximum – the HP Mini comes with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, and this is the maximum amount that is supported, so it is impossible to upgrade system memory to improve performance.
  • No CD-ROM – surprisingly, the HP Mini 110-3530NR does not have a CD-ROM, and is therefore not useful for burning or playing media. Of course, an external CD-ROM drive is relatively affordable and can be connected to one of the USB 2.0 ports.
  • Basic Operating System – the HP Mini includes Windows 7 Starter by default, which is an entry-level operating system. While it is possible to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, some users have noted that the performance is significantly affected when using a larger operating system.

Conclusion

At an average selling price of about $275, the HP Mini 110-3530NR is a decent value for a 10 inch netbook. However, it is important to remember that it is impossible to upgrade its memory capabilities past 1 GB of RAM, so it is not a good expansion netbook. If you’re looking for a very powerful netbook, you may need to look in another price range to find one with more memory.