HP 2133 Mini-Note PC review: HP 2133 Mini-Note PC

There are an increasing number of options available for small laptop CPUs, including Intel's standard ULV chips (as seen in the Fujitsu LifeBook P1620), Celeron M chips (as in the Intel Classmate PC), the MacBook Air's custom version of the standard Intel Core 2 Duo, and the smartphone-based Intel A110 (as seen in the HTC Shift). Intel is also readying a new line of CPUs for low-power devices, named Atom, which should be debuting in products very shortly. The 2133 Mini-Note uses none of these, choosing instead to go for a 1.6GHz Via C7-M. We won't kid you--this CPU did not perform well at all on our standard benchmarking tests, coming in well behind even the HTC Shift, which we blasted for its own slow performance. We can't say we're surprised; we've found similarly underwhelming performance on UMPCs that utilize the Via C7-M chips, including the OQO Model 02 and WiBrain B1.

Having said that, when surfing the Web and working on office documents, we found the 2133 Mini-Note to be perform at an acceptable level, thanks in part to its 2GB of RAM and faster-than-usual 7,200rpm hard drive. Try doing very much more than that, or open too many windows at once, and things will start to bog down. We also ran into a few bugs with the system, such as when it would occasionally "recognize" a new display or optical drive, when, in fact, nothing was connected to it.

The 2133 Mini-Note ran for 1 hour and 31 minutes on our video battery drain test, using the included three-cell battery. That battery sits flush with the system, but the high-end configuration also comes with a six-cell battery. That battery is as large as two of the 3-cell models stacked together, and it raised the bottom of the system off our desk by nearly 1.5 inches. In anecdotal use, we got close to two hours of use from the 3-cell battery and around 4 hours from the 6-cell version, which is merely average.

HP includes an industry-standard, one-year, parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line or via HP's Web site, which features an online knowledge base and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HTC Shift
5,340 
HP 2133 Mini-Note PC
9,250 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HTC Shift
760 
HP 2133 Mini-Note PC
1,140 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HTC Shift
106 
HP 2133 Mini-Note PC
91 

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HP 2133 Mini-Note PC
Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.6GHz VIA C7-M Ultra Low Voltage; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; --MB VIA/SG3 UniChrome Pro II IGP; 120GB Seagate 7,200rpm


Windows Vista Business Edition; 800MHz Intel A110; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Mobile Intel 945GM/GU Express; 40GB Toshiba 4,200rpm


Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.33GHz Intel Core Solo U1500; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 32GB NAND Flash Memory


Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 800MHz Intel A110; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel 945GM/GU Express; 40GB Toshiba 4,200rpm


Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7600; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 945GMS Express; 80GB Toshiba 4200rpm

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  • Release date Apr 8, 2008
  • Installed Size 2.0 GB
  • CPU VIA C7-M 1.6 GHz
  • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Weight 2.6 lbs
  • Graphics Processor VIA Chrome9