To make a long story short, the HP Mini 2140 is a bit expensive, but you get what you pay for. At least according to Liliputing:
Sure, the processor isn’t any faster than the CPUs in lower priced netbooks like the HP Mini 1000. And it’s not the thinnest and lightest mini-laptop available. But for a reasonable amount of extra cash you get a sturdier case, an accelerometer, a spill resistant keyboard with DuraKey finish, an ExpressCard slot, and a decent if not spectacular 3 cell battery. A 6 cell battery is also available, which reportedly runs for up to 8 hours with a standard hard drive, and up to 10 hours if you opt for the $575 80GB SSD.
Personally, I’m happy that HP didn’t make the same mistake they did with the Mini 1000: engineering a proprietary VGA-out port. That setup required a relatively expensive adapter to be remotely useful for presenters on-the-go, and limited the potential appeal of that netbook.
(Image courtesy of HP)
So how does a hefty 17″ laptop from Toshiba—with a 2Ghz Core 2 Quad from Intel and a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 9800M—hold up? Obviously, the puny 6-cell battery can’t power things for long, and carrying a desktop replacement that’s 2.5″ inches thick at its beefiest point must give owners hernia.
But Toshiba markets the X305-Q725 as a gaming notebook, so obviously performance is most important. Compared to its peers, this offering falls somewhere in the middkle. See Anandtech’s review for the full details.
Personally, I still think desktops are best for gaming procrastination; laptops should remain the domain of workaholics.
(image from Anandtech)
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