• 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor (512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB)
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm), Max upheld 2 GB
  • 160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
  • 11.6” Diagonal HD LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1366 x 768) NVIDIA ION LE for Windows XP with up to 319MB sum graphics memory
  • Genuine Windows XP Home (SP3), *Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life

Product Description
The Internet is during a core of complicated hold up gripping we continuous as well as sensitive by email, IMs, RSS feeds, amicable networking sites as well as Search. Keeping up mostly requires time changeable with messenger inclination similar to netbooks. Powered by energy-efficient Intel Atom processors, a HP Mini 311 is optimized for Web entrance as well as can hoop customary capability apps – though is light sufficient to lift everywhere during only 3.22 lbs. Its 16:9 11.6-Inch erratic HD LED BrightView arrangement creates observation HD calm as well as dual papers side by side possible. The 92% of full-size set of keys enables many some-more fit as well as gentle make make use of of than texting (or typing upon smartphone keyboards) for most. The touchpad has buttons during a bottom for discerning use. The HP Mini 311 is a undiluted device for staying productive, informed, in hold as well as entertained upon a go.

HP Mini 311-1000NR 11.6-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 6.25 Hours of Battery Life

5 Reviews

  1. Ben Myers says:

    I am lucky enough to work in an IT department that has a few netbooks floating around, so I have had a little time to mess with several netbooks offered by Asus, HP, Dell, and Acer. The majority of netbooks offered by these companies come similarly configured, although with a smaller 10″ screen and without the Nvidia ion video. This netbook performs op par with others that I’ve tested, with several notable exceptions.

    First off, it’s video and 3D performance are way ahead of other netbooks I’ve used, as well as some standard laptops that I’ve used which have integrated Intel graphics chips. To test its video capabilities, I grabbed a couple of video files I had stored including a SD, 720p, and 1080p video. All three played without any stuttering or dropped frames, both on the laptop and when connected to my 1080p TV over HDMI. The 1080p video took several seconds to start (probably 15-20), but once it fired up, no problems at all. I also tested both SD and HD videos streaming from Netflix and had the same results, no dropped frames or stuttering. On a standard netbook (non-ion), HD video is unplayable, and SD fullscreen videos have quite a few dropped frames. However, the HP 311 still struggles with HD flash video, but I’ve heard there is a new version of flash in the works which will make use of discrete video processors which should be out in the next month or two, and should address this issue.

    To test the 3D video performance, I tried a couple of games that I’ve played on and off over the years. I’m sure there are a few WOW players out there who are wondering if WOW is actually playable on this machine. The answer is yes. I am not a player myself but have dabbled with WOW in the past, and am familiar enough with the game to know what frame rates would be playable or not. I installed the WOW free trial and messed around in starting areas and entered a major city. The frame rate did dip a bit once I entered the city, but never dropped below playable levels. Might not be the ideal choice for major raiding, but good enough for getting your WOW fix on the go. You will notice that session changes take a bit longer due to the low voltage Atom processor, but this also occurs at speeds that I would consider acceptable.

    I also tested a game which I do play frequently, Eve Online. Again session changes took a bit longer than what I’m used to, but the frame rate in busy systems stayed pretty steady and always what I would consider quite playable.

    I’m not going to go super deep into features like the keyboard and screen, they’re about what you would expect on a netbook, I can type well on the keyboard but find myself slowing down slightly due to it’s smaller size. The 11.6″ screen is clear (although it is reflective, keep this in mind if you plan to be using it in sunlight), and quite a bit more usable than the 10″ screens of slightly smaller netbooks in my opinion. The touchpad is definitely not the best I’ve used, sometimes taking several tries for it to recognize taps. I will mess with the sensitivity settings and see if I can iron this issue out.

    My one true gripe about this netbook is it’s lack of RAM. I reviewed it as it came, running 1 GB. I took me about an hour of use to go back on Amazon and order another 2GB. It’s usable, but there are quite a few pauses when running several programs at once. Increasing the RAM should help this out quite a bit, and the session changes in games that I mentioned earlier should take place quite a bit quicker once you add RAM.

    All in all, I like this netbook a lot, it meets my requirements and I am happy with the purchase. It is the best netbook I have used thus far, and look forward to when my RAM arrives, which should make the machine about perfect.

    Note about upgrading the RAM: this machine will take a 1 or 2 GB chip, PC3-8500 DDR3-1066. It uses the 204 pin DDR3 rather than the 200 pin DDR2 RAM that most netbooks use. The 1 GB that this netbook comes with is not removable, and it has 1 free upgrade slot.

    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. D. Pates says:

    Okay, okay, you’ve probably read the reviews plastered all over the likes of PC Ragazine, C|Net, and other sites. You’ve probably seen the reviews that say “Ugh, it can’t play Crysis, what’s the point?” Forget that. Consider what you’re buying – a netbook. A *small*, low-to-middling performance system. It should be fairly power-conservant, but have the horsepower to actually run some applications, browse the Web, watch some videos (even HD, maybe), and play some games (3D games would be nice).

    Fortunately, the Mini 311 does everything you could ask for from a system of such small stature. I personally received mine, and proceeded to wipe out its Windows install in favor of the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu Linux 9.10 (aka karmic). So far, I’ve been nothing but impressed. The CPU, while being low-power, seems to do just fine with everything I’ve thrown at it – web browsing, e-mail, text editing, office apps (OpenOffice.org 3.1, which is also available for Windows), and even some mid-level gaming (several titles from Telltale Games), music playing, video playback (with nVidia’s PureVideo hardware-assist functionality), and so on. It’s not going to replace your desktop – but then, that’s not the idea. However, if you’re sitting on the couch, or want a small computer you can take with you with respectable functionality, this machine is a good choice. You can even hook it up to your HDTV with its HDMI port and watch HD video content – even Blu-Rays, if you get the external BD drive.

    I haven’t personally put its battery life to the test, but I’ve heard numbers in the 5+ hour range, and they seem completely reasonable based on my use of mine to date. The Atom CPU draws very little power, and the Ion chipset, though somewhat more power hungry than Intel’s, more than makes up for it with the functionality boost it offers.

    In short, the HP Mini 311 is a very complete, very functional little system, and for the asking price, it’s completely worth it. If you’re looking for a netbook with some gaming potential, it’s a good choice. No, it’s not going to approach a $2000+ desktop system with nVidia’s latest high-end graphics hardware, so if you’re expecting that, you’re going to be disappointed no matter what netbook you buy.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Chris Dagdigian says:

    I bought this exact model and did the following:
    – Installed an additional 2GB RAM
    – Wiped out the XP install and replaced it with an OEM copy of Windows 7 Home Premium

    I’m a scientific computing geek who uses a loaded Macbook Pro for daily work. I wanted something a bit smaller for the days where I just needed to do email, documentation writing and web browsing. I also wanted to check out Windows 7 as well. I’m not a gamer.

    Overall I’m very pleased, this is a great little notebook and the larger size is more than made up for in the graphics and display performance. Even with the 1GB standard RAM the system handled Windows 7 quite well (I was very suprised). Adding additional memory is quick and cheap so I’d recommend it.

    For email, media playing and web browsing it has been great. I’ve never come close to running the battery down during half or three-quarter day sessions when I’m away from my desk. Works great with my Verizon high speed internet dongle (Verizon USB 760) as well.

    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Will says:

    If you’re looking at this laptop, you’re probably looking for a great mobile graphics card on a budget. The ION is amazing, but the laptop is limited by it’s single core Atom CPU and stock 1gb of ram (upgradable). Videos are nearly flawless with some setup, but modern games will probably still be unplayable depending on the framerate you’re looking for. With that CPU and amount of stock ram, you’ll be worse off multi-tasking and doing general day to day tasks than with a new, similarly priced CULV dual core netbook, e.g. Aspire AS1410-2285.

    Gaming is what you’d expect from any netbook. Not good, but passable. Old games and casual games are great. FPS’s, not so much. I tested Half-Life 1 and 2, and they dropped to around 10 fps within a few minutes of gameplay on lowest quality. I don’t even want to think about some of the firefights in those games. I’ve seen WoW played on it but haven’t tested it myself – it looked good in deserted areas but you’d probably hamper any groups you’re in. I don’t think you can hold that against the Mini, though, nothing at this price point does that well. I hear the CULVs are similarly “playable” despite integrated graphics, but I haven’t seen that in person.

    My biggest complaints are trying to multi-task with the Atom CPU and an annoying design flaw: if you don’t put a protector between the screen and keyboard when you close it, the keyboard leaves streaks on the screen. That’s just awful.

    – Great 720p playback, very good 1080p playback. You’ll have to get Flash 10.1 and the ION drivers that support it for Youtube/Hulu HD and do some tweaking with Media Player Classic-Home Cinema first. From what I’ve seen, dual core CULVs do a good job too with upgraded drivers, but have a bit more choppiness with some videos.

    – The keyboard leaving streaks on the screen if you don’t use a protector is possibly the most annoying design flaw imaginable.
    – Very weak CPU and 1gb of ram stock really hurts.
    – The alternatives look better every day. The Aspire just seems a lot better for everything outside of videos and seems like a push for games.

    So compared to the cost of the AS1410-2285, you are trading the ION graphics card for a much better CPU, Windows 7, and 1gb more ram. If it wasn’t for the latter two points I’d be a lot happier with the Mini. However, on it’s own merits it still is a great platform for playing videos and some gaming.

    I myself may very well just return the Mini and wait for option C or option D.
    C: The Asus EEE 1201N, due for release in mid December. It has an Atom dual core CPU, which is not nearly as good as the CULV, but which will help with multi-tasking, 2 gb of ram, the ION, Windows 7, and a giant 250gb hard drive (the other two models I’m comparing have 160 gb drives) for $500.
    D: Get a stopgap last-generation netbook with a 10.1″ screen for around $250 and wait for the mythical do-it-all netbook.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. Cade Bryant says:

    I bought the Mini 311 as a replacement for my bulky, dying full-sized laptop, and am quite impressed. As a software developer, I needed something which offers most of the portability of a netbook, while still providing some of the power and usability of a standard laptop. I opted for the Windows XP version, and then added an additional 2GB of RAM; the result is that I now have a very portable and reasonably powerful development machine (although not without some minor cons – as mentioned below). I am running several resource-intensive corporate/development apps, including Office 2007, Visual Studio 2008, NetBeans, Visio, and SQL Server 2008 Express……without any noticeable performance bottlenecks.

    In a nutshell, here are the pros and cons:


    1. Portable and very lightweight, while still powerful and usable.
    2. Solidly built – does not feel like a cheap toy, as some netbooks do. You really do feel as though you’re using a “real” laptop.
    3. Keys are decent-sized, with good “action” and feel.
    4. Stylish and attractive.
    5. Excellent video quality (thanks to Nvidia ION card). Text and images are crystal-clear and very readable, even at the highest-resolution setting (1366 X 768), which obviates the need for excessive scrolling.
    6. Powerful enough to run office/corporate and software-engineering applications (when upgraded to 3GB RAM).
    7. Very economically priced, given its portability and power.


    1. Trackpad is too sensitive. While typing, it is all too easy to inadvertently contact the pad with part of your hand – thus causing the cursor to re-position itself on your document and messing up your typing. (Some other laptops – not just netbooks – have this problem too).
    2. Trackpad texture is too smooth and slick, similar to its surrounding surfaces. If its surface was matte instead, it would make it easier to control the pointer, as well as letting you know that you’re touching the pad when your eyes are focused on the screen.
    (Note: your fingers will eventually get used to #1 and #2 above).
    3. The left-click and right-click buttons beneath the trackpad feel too clunky, and make a loud clacking sound when pressed.
    4. The lack of an optical drive might be a deal-breaker for those looking for a replacement for a full-sized laptop. For me, it doesn’t matter, since I almost never use DVDs, and when I need to retrieve something from one, I can use my desktop to copy the DVD to a thumb drive and use an ISO reader app.
    5. If it came with a multi-core processor, the ability to hold 6GB of RAM, and the 64-bit version of Windows 7, it would be ideal – but then of course we would be talking about much more money.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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