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HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review

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One of the main functions of any Verizon netbook is to get you on-line, and that is done by using the preinstalled VZAccess Manager program. When it is launched, it lists all the available connections and their signal strength, which includes Verizon Wireless (EV and 1X) and any local Wi-Fi signals. We began by selecting “Verizon Wireless” on the list, as it showed 3 out of 4 bars of EVDO Rev A, and we were on-line within five seconds. Web browsing using both Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox (which we installed) worked well, and complex sites, such as PhoneArena.com, only took 10 seconds to completely load. If you want to connect to a Wi-Fi network, you can simply use the Windows Connection Manager, thus bypassing the Verizon program all together.

VZAccess Manager program - HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review
Windows Connection Manager - HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review

VZAccess Manager program

Windows Connection Manager


HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review
HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review
HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review


We also ran a series of speed tests using two scenarios:
1)    The internal HP un2400 Mobile Broadband card using Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network.
2)    Wi-Fi connected to our home WLAN using Comcast’s 20Mbps cable modem service.

The first test we downloaded a 133MB file from the Nvidia web site. When using the internal Mobile Broadband card, the file downloaded in 18 minutes and 30 seconds, and had an average download rate of 122KB/sec. Then when using our Wi-Fi connection with our home network, the same file downloaded in 2 minutes and 26 seconds, with a rate of 938KB/sec.

Using the Mobile Broadband card - HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review
Using the Wi-Fi connection - HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review

Using the Mobile Broadband card

Using the Wi-Fi connection


For the second test we measured the download and upload speed from speedtest.net and used the Miami FL server location. The internal Mobile Broadband card achieved 1.53Mbps download and 0.42Mbps upload, while the home Wi-Fi connection speed was 17.20Mbps download and 3.47Mbps upload. We should also point out that the ping test while using the Mobile Broadband was card was 323ms, but was only 26ms when using the home Wi-Fi connection.

Using the Mobile Broadband card - HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review
Using the Wi-Fi connection - HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review

Using the Mobile Broadband card

Using the Wi-Fi connection



Connection

Internal Mobile Broadband EVDO Rev A
Home Wi-Fi with Comcast
133MB download from Nvidia

18 min 30 sec
122KB/s
2 min 26 sec
938KB/sec
Speedtest.net

1.53Mbps down
0.42Mbps up
323ms Ping
17.2Mbps down
3.47Mbps up
26ms Ping

As we previously saw with the other netbooks, using a Wi-Fi WLAN broadband connection will have the fastest download and upload speeds. However, this is not always possible, and that is when the internal Mobile Broadband card and Verizon data service come into play. For average web browsing and email, EVDO Rev A is fast enough, including the occasional file download, watching streaming videos from YouTube and Hulu, or using the webcam. However, if you are going to download a lot of files, then Wi-Fi would be best, as it’s faster and does not deduct usage from your Verizon data plan.

As we mentioned earlier, the HP Mini 311 is the first Verizon netbook to come with Windows 7 Home Premium Edition installed, which is an improvement over the aging Windows XP. This also allows for greater integration to your other Win 7 PCs, thanks to the HomeGroup feature. Additional programs that come included on the Mini 311 are Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Norton Internet Security (trial), Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office 2007 (60-day trial), ArcSoft WebCam Companion 3, plus a variety of games.

The included 6-cell battery is rated to provide up to 6.25 hours of use. During our testing we were able to get up to 6 hours of continuous use while using the Netbook with Verizon’s EVDO Rev A internet connection. This is 3.5 hours longer than we got when using the HP Mini 1151NR and 30 minutes longer than with the Gateway LT2016u.


Conclusion:

As of now, the HP Mini 311-1037NR is the best looking and most feature-rich netbook that is available from Verizon Wireless. Windows 7 works without any problems on it, and is faster in most tasks than using Windows XP. We like that the Mini 311 comes with 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive, plus the Nvidia ION graphic chipset makes the HP Mini 311 almost as good as some laptops, without the extra bulk and weight. If you are considering a laptop, but want a slightly more compact device with plenty of features, then you should consider the HP Mini 311-1037NR.

Pros

  • Windows 7 Home Premium Edition
  • 11.6” display with 1366x768 resolution
  • 2GB RAM and 160GB hard drive
  • 6 hours of battery use
  • Attractive styling

Cons

  • Larger and heavier than most other netbooks
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. debra morris (unregistered)


I purchase a HP Mini 311-1037NR on 9/15/10.Every night when I turn it off it goes inWidow error..I have contract HP tech thing got worse the tech had me to take my laptop to the store so I could get my internet service back.They tell me I needed to buy a dvd burner to backup my files which cost $72. Tell told me nothing was wrong with the computer that it was normal for the computer to crush offer. At Verizon find out I just needed a thing that cost $10 to backup files. I take over a hour to get the computer backup it is slow reloading back the information and setting.

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