The HP Mini 5103 is the newest member of HP’s (s hpq) netbook product line aimed at the enterprise. The brushed aluminum casing, almost full-sized keyboard and long battery life is much like the previous model, with one notable improvement. HP has switched to an Intel (s intc) Atom N550 dual-core processor to add a needed performance boost to the netbook. The processor bump definitely brings the netbook into the performance realm of regular notebooks, while retaining the long battery life of the Atom processor.
This video shows the Mini 5103 is more than a netbook thanks to the dual-core processor. The performance is good, and the video playback enabled by the Broadcom (s brcm) Crystal HD Video Accelerator is smooth and higher quality than is possible with the previous generation Atom processor alone.
The battery life of the Mini 5103 is over seven hours with the extended battery demonstrated in the video, and the high resolution (1366×768) touch display make this one of the most powerful 10-inch netbooks. The total package is less than 3 pounds, making this a portable workhorse that can tacke any job for the mobile professional.
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