HP Mini 311



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The netbook that could, otherwise known as the Mini 311, is HP’s
flagship netbook. With its standard NVIDIA Ion platform that has
dedicated graphics memory and handy dandy HDMI output, it runs certain
video / gaming programs quite well, without breaking the bank or your


 <a href=http://www.onlinenotebook.com/hp-mini-311-review.html>HP Mini 311 review</a>




I greatly appreciated the article a few months ago on netbook gaming by Maximum PC.  I hadn't really thought about trying to play older games on that hardware, getting a bit lost as to WHICH modern integrated video chipsets include which video features.  (That's something I'd like to see in a review chart in MaximumPC, what level of "gamability" a particular notebook/netbook offers in a quantifiable value instead of just somewhat esoteric benchmarks, which have always been fine for desktops.)  I never even considered, for example, that an Intel chipset even had transform and lighting support, for example.  In any case, it made the netbook I use daily for travel at work more generally acceptable. 

 I am surprised Maximum PC hadn't reviewed the updated HP Mini-Note line before.  Yes one was included in a netbook roundup, but that was a consumer class, not one of the HP business class line.  I have an HP Mini-Note 2140 with similar specs, but with DDR2 and without the Ion chipset, of course.  It DOES have a dual core Atom, two RAM slots, and that same gorgeous 1366x768 screen as the HP311.  To me, what makes all the difference in a netbook, is not being able to render a whole web page in one viewing and having tiny chiclet keys.  I have a friend with an Asus EEE model 901 netbook and though it was useful with Xandros Linux, it was difficult getting past the too-short screen and the inability to type on it normally.  I use my 2140 daily and simply could not use the Asus 901 the same way.  The newer Asus models have updated specs, but have terrible keyboards for typing and too tiny screens. 

I suppose, though, if a netbook didn't involve some of these trade-offs, it would be a notebook ;-) 



"The newer Asus models have updated specs, but have terrible keyboards for typing and too tiny screens."

Again, without trying to sound like an Asus fanboy here, check out the 1201n that just came out.  It's got the same 12.1" screen at 1366x768 that this one has and has an oversized keyboard that's VERY comfortable to type on.

I agree though, it would be great if MaxPC would dig a little deeper into this niche...maybe round up the first batch of IONs and put em through the gauntlet, then compare to the latest non-ION's or something.



Surely, I am not the only one who realizes the only difference between laptops and netbooks (besides gaming) is how well they play youtubeHD or HuluHD (or any other streaming HD video).  Yes, just about everything can play H.264 files at 1080p, thats not what I/we care about, and thats not really what is implied when you say it can play HD.  Just tell us if it can play a 1080p youtubeHD video (like the transformers trailer) smoothly without any stuttering.  Thats what seperates the slow stuff from the fast stuff now.



I can't seem to be able to play HD youtube videos on my desktop.


4 Gigs ram

GTX 260 core 216

Fresh install of windows 7 and latest version of flash

8mbps fiberoptic cable

I honestly don't think that is a fair benchmark. The problem is clearly youtube's.



After considering this net/note/ultraportbook (w/e you wanna call it) I compared it to the similarly specced Asus 1201n and chose to go with that one.  They're comparable in alot of areas inluding price, screen res, hdmi out etc, but with a few critical differences:  The Asus has the superior dual-core Atom N330, the full ION chipset (this sports the lesser LE version), 2 upgradable memory slots and a 250gb HDD for under $500.  Bluetooth, Wireless N, Webcam, blah blah blah.

I'm very impressed at the performance of the ION chipset combined with the dual core Atom. It's not going to blow away any gaming benchmarks, but so far games like WoW, Oblivion, HL2 and Bioshock play very smooth with some tweaking on the detail settings.

If you're checking out the HP, look into the Asus before you buy.  That is all. 



I don't know why you are so impressed by a netbook having a hdmi port like if it was the first one. May I remember you that Asus made the N10J in november 2008, a netbook with a nvidia 9300M video card, HDMI, 720P video playback. The only thing new is the DDR3 memory and the possibility to put 3GB instead of 2GB and the screen resolution.




I'm interested in second tier games on a netbook, MMOs (warcraft, eve, free realms), strategy games, and last gen (half-life 2, etc)

 Not looking for top tier performance, I have a main gaming desktop.  But really looking for an enjoyable performance.  Can I get that from a Atom / Ion combination?





It might be able to play it. But it is going to be a choppy and horrible experience. 



I buy netbooks for battery life :) 



At what point are you better off with a laptop instead of a "netbook".  It seems the lines are blurring probably due to netbook trendiness pushing sales.




Any screen size larger than the 10" range is, or should be, considered a notebook.

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