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HP Mini Note 1109TU Review

This 2nd generation HP Mini Note (1109TU) has been out as early as December last year (officially launched 2 weeks ago) but we only got to try and test one this week. I actually requested for the HP Mini 2140 but the messenger sent in the wrong model. So here’s a quick review of the HP Mini 1109TU while I await the replacement unit.

HP took notice of a lot of the issues concerning their first mini notebook (HP Mini 2133) and addressed them in the succeeding models. I think was a move in the right direction.

  • They jumped ship and joined the Intel bandwagon, for good reason. The new mini notebook has Atom N270 1.6Ghz.
  • They ditched Vista in favor of the older OS, Windows XP, which is most favored in the netbook market.
  • HP priced their units more competitively. Not calling your mini-notebook a netbook is not a license to charge more than average for them. The Mini Note 1109TU now retails for just Php18,990.

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Among the 10″ models, the HP Mini 1100 is one of the lightest and smallest we’ve reviewed here in the 10-inch category. They were able to shave off some pounds by repositioning the trackpad buttons to the sides instead of the bottom and cutting off a couple centimeters on the girth of the mini note. This is what they initially did with the 2133 and was followed by the 9″ Acer Aspire One. This made using the trackpad a little awkward that you’d always end up using both hands instead of one to operate the trackpad and buttons. That, or weeks of getting used to the unusual orientation (I’d recommend an external USB/Bluetooth mouse though).

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The biggest advantage of HP’s Mini Notes is the keyboard, the largest we’ve seen of any netbook in its class. It’s practically almost the same as a standard keyboard of regular-sized laptops so if you’re into touch-typing, this one’s the best you can get. That, plus the glossy marble-black finish on the top gives the mini note a classy statement (albeit attracts a lot of fingerprints and smudges).

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The screen is bright and glossy but sometimes too glossy to its disadvantage especially when used outsides at daylight. Nevertheless, the screen is crisp and clear. What’s a bit disappointing it the screen resolution — HP dropped the pixels down to 1024×578 when the standard is 1024×600. That’s a mere 22-pixel height difference but still matters as there are softwares that don’t run under 1024×600 or 1024×768. There’s a larger resolution (1024×768 pixels) but I haven’t seen them in stores yet.

Battery life is typical of a 3-cell battery — between 2 – 2.5 hours in my tests. The storage is also smaller with only an 80GB HDD instead of the usual 160GB and higher others are offering. Maybe that’s why HP was able to bring down their suggested retail price to under Php19,000.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

59 Responses

  1. anon1435254 says:

    ano ba motherboard nito?

  2. camal says:

    looking forward to have my laptop withe the application joiku

    thank you

  3. TECHIHUNT says:

    This s really great netbook, i own one of this, and m enjoying browsing espcially the added feature like hp instant web, though i bought the middle east version with 200gb hdd bt stll they have something in common with regards to common functions or essentials.

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  4. I Wei says:

    What’s the best mini under P 20,000?

  5. gerard says:

    kuya panu pa andarin yung cam ko saka bluetooth

  6. just says:

    well..i bought my mini hp 1109tu october 09 and i loved it! its very convenient i can take it everywhere its fast for its price it is really worth it.just the resolution part that i didnt like..it wont work in some application software and the battery life, mine only lasted 130 mins. but,ei i can always buy he extended battery life.btw! does that 3g stuff on the 1109tu ever work?thanks

  7. mhalo says:

    hey im selling the same unit. 20k good quality.. hp mini 1109tu. 5 months in use..

  8. fox says:

    contact me nlng pla 09199827396. thanks

  9. fox says:

    hi benta ko HP 1109TU 17k … one yr na sa akin d mxado gnagamit cz i have extra laptop.

    scratchfree.. bagong tingnan.

  10. ace06spiker says:

    i go for 16gb ssd this storage has no moving parts because it it faster than i thought. i use my hp mini for checking email, web browsing and social networking like twitter and facebook.

  11. ja says:

    so wala siyang pang cd right?

  12. Md. Wazih Uddin says:

    I did not get any fault to use hp1109 . It is a movable net-book.

  13. Patrick says:

    @ OCELUS LAMBER

    oviously you’re not the kind of person that has the FUNDS TO BUY ANY laptop. Don’t vent your frustration by posting stupid comments discouraging those who are more capable of buying netbooks.

    The purpose of laptops is not to “i-bibida sa mall”. It’s for the convenience of getting your work done, wherever you would go. It’s apparent to me, you feel INSECURE of those actually using laptops in malls with free wifi. And a 10.1 inch screen won’t make your eyes hurt, but then again, you wouldn’t know, you’ve never tried one. Ehem.

    the purpose of laptops is not to i-bibida sa mall. its for the convinience of getting your work done, wherever you would go. Its appraent to me, you feel INSECURE of those actually using laptops in malls with free wifi. And a 10.1 inch screen won’t make your eyes hurt, but then again, you wouldn’t know.

  14. Patrick says:

    Yuga,

    where can I find the HP mini110 for only 18K?? checked out a couple of malls and were selling it for 22k. Please reply : ) really want to buy one.

  15. limuel; says:

    i have compAQ presario notebook and i encounter some problems to, and im planing to buy hp netbook, but now i changed my mind maybe ill go for acer,

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