HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review

HP Mini 311-1037NR Netbook Review
Introduction:

Earlier this year Verizon Wireless introduced their first netbook, the HP Mini 1151NR, which was then followed by the Gateway LT2016u and HP Mini 110-1046NR. All of which used the outdated, but reliable, Windows XP SP3 Home Edition. The new HP Mini 311-1037NR steps things up a notch, as it features Windows 7 Home Premium Edition, a larger hard drive, more RAM, and Nvidia ION graphics. Naturally, the HP Mini 311 still comes with an internal Mobile Broadband data card that operates on Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network while in the US, as well as quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSPA while roaming. There is also a CAT 5 Ethernet port and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g for people who have access to a WLAN.

Included in the retail box is the HP Mini 311-1037NR netbook, 6-cell battery, wall charger and user guides.


Hardware:

The HP Mini 311 is by far the largest netbook sold by Verizon Wireless to date, as it measures 11.4”W x 8.03” D and with a height ranging from 0.78”-1.29” (since the device is angled front-to-back). The 3.22 pound weight is also noticeably heavier than other Verizon netbooks, such as the more compact 2.5 pound HP Mini 1151NR. However, when placing the HP Mini 311 next to the Gateway LT2016u, there really isn’t a dramatic difference in size and weight, and it actually looks better overall. We also like that the HP Mini 311 continues the “scroll design” on the top cover from the Mini 1151NR, but even more so the internal black keyboard and surrounding bezel has been replaced with a modern silver-pearl color, which complements the overall design of the Mini 311 nicely.



The LED backlit display on the HP Mini 311 measures 11.6” diagonal and has a resolution of 1366x768, which makes it the largest and highest-resolution display out of all current Verizon netbooks. The difference is quite noticeable when compared next to the other models, as you have a 1.5” larger screen and with greater detail. The display on the HP Mini 311 is also missing the protective glass covering that we saw on the Mini 1151NR, but we do not miss it, as it caused too much sun to be reflected when used outside. Above the display is a mic, LED light and webcam capable of recording video up to 640x480 resolution at 15FPS.


Located on the sides are three USB 2.0 ports, wired ethernet jack, 15-pin VGA monitor output, HDMI output, combination headphone/ microphone jack, and media card reader for SD/MMC/RS-MMC/xD/MS/MS-PRI. Naturally it does not come with an internal CD/DVD drive, but an optional external unit is available that connects via USB.




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1 Comment

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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