HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition review: HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition

On the right side, there is an SD card slot, another USB port, and a proprietary HP Mini Mobile Drive slot, which is basically a recessed USB port into which only specially branded HP USB drives can fit. Frankly, we'd rather have another USB port, or even a separate mic jack.

Running a couple of new cross-platform benchmarks (as the Mini won't run apps such as Photoshop or iTunes), we pitted this system against the XP version of the Mini 1000. We noticed a bit of a performance trade-off between the two. The XP Mini won the first round: creating an online photo album using JAlbum, the XP Mini beat the Mini Mi by a mere 13 seconds. But, the Mini Mi won the second round: using Audacity to convert WAV files into MP3s, it beat the XP Mini by 47 seconds. Overall, we'd say there's no real performance advantage to be wrung out of the Intel Atom CPU.

On a three-cell battery, the HP Mini 1000 Mi ran for about 2 hours and 40 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, which was almost the same as the XP version of the system.

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, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads.

JAlbum photo conversion test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Audacity MP3-encoding test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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HP Mini 1000
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Intel GMA950; 60GB Toshiba 4200rpm

HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition
HP Mobile internet (Mi) software built on Ubuntu Linux; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Intel GMA950; 60GB Toshiba 4200rpm

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