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WHAT IS IT?
The HP 2133 is a very small netbook.
WHAT I THINK
I was given this HP 2133 by a client who was throwing it out. She had it for 2 years but had bought a Macbook and she could not use this after that. It is installed with Windows but came with another operating system on it when it was new.
The screen is 9" and that is quite small but this is a very small notebook so it looks correct in proportion. The keyboard is quite big comparing to the screen and I like that because it makes it easy to type on, I thought that the keyboard would be very small but it's not and I think it is very comfortable to type on. All of the proper keys are there and I can do everything that I could do on a normal size laptop.
I think the display is very good and the colours are bright, when I am looking at text writing the letters are sharp and bright on the screen so that I don't strain my eyes. There is a zoom and when you press that it does not distort the writing but it makes the page very wide.
I am happy that the memory is large but the notebook is very slow even though I have not got anything much saved except for databases and spreadsheets that I create for my clients with details about their special skin concerns and preferences. I have only 100 photos saved and all of them are small with no videos so I do not know why it is so slow.
I use the internet on my notebook and that is not so slow as when I am using the programs but it is not very fast either. I do not watch videos on this because they skip a lot and if they are streamed they stop to buffer too much and that is disturbing when I am trying to watch something. The internet is very easy to connect to.
One thing that is a disadvantage is the battery because it is very big and adds a lot of weight into the netbook, it makes it more large also and that should not happen because the netbook is supposed to be small. I was given a case for the netbook but it is a very tight squeeze unless I remove the battery. The life of the battery is very good but I do not think it is the same one that came with the netbook when it was new.
There is one USB port only and one for an ethernet cable, you can put a memory card straight into it from a digital camera and download your photographs straight away without plugging your camera in. This is very useful when you are using the USB port for another use. The netbook can use Bluetooth and that is very easy to connect to but I do not use it very often.
I am very happy with my HP netbook and happier because it was free. When they are new they cost about £250 and I think it is worth that money because it is a very useful and effective small laptop.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I have owned my HP2133 Mini-Note for about a year and a half now and find it a very useful second pc. I have run Windows XP and Ubuntu on it at different times. Each operating system having there own problems with the Mini-Note. I found XP very difficult and more of a pain as the resolution of the screen wasn't quite enough to enable you to work efficiently. In the end XP became irritating to use. Ubuntu seemed to work better but still had plenty of foibles and oddities and could not be called perfect by any stretch of the imagination. After much thought I decided to stay with Ubuntu as this seemed the better of the two options.
The Mini-Note does have plenty of redeeming features. It is light and easy to carry around. Very useful for taking on holiday and transferring your pictures to. Light surfing is also very good on this pc, however don't expect great results if you want to watch anything on YouTube or BBC Iplayer! The graphics card just cant keep up and the picture jumps and skips frames.
I like the look of the Mini-Note with its brushed steel case and it feels very robust to use, much better than some of the newer notebooks that are out now. For the size of the pc the keyboard is very good indeed and I have no problem touch typing on it. However the battery life is not as good as I would have liked and didn't really last as a useful battery beyond about 6 months from new. I now have to use the Mini-Note plugged into the mains most of the time as the battery doesn't hold charge.
To wrap up, I know the 2133 has now been updated but, if you find one of these second hand, they are a very good pc for the price and still hold up well compared to newer notebooks. The 2133 is very reliable and you could easily type a report or essay on it whilst mobile.
I bought this laptop as a present for my girlfriend last Christmas.
She is a student in 6th form and I thought it'd be ideal for her to use in class to take notes or simply to browse the internet when at home and maybe do a bit of work on.
The build quality of the laptop is great, I especially like the fact that a lot of it is brushed aluminium which makes it very sturdy. It however also makes it very cold if sat on your lap when you first start it up.
The laptop came with a rubbish Linux operating system which I guess maybe okay for browsing, but Windows is Windows and so the first thing I did was install XP SP3. This did make the laptop seem slightly slower, however it is millions of times faster than Acer's solid state HDD netbooks.
The laptop is great for browsing and typing a few notes, however one major design flaw is that the rotation angle of the screen hinge is limited to the extent that the screen is not perpendicular to the users face which results in a lot on bending over to peer at the screen. Also, the screen is very small however this can be forgiven seen as it is a netbook, but is something which must be considered, especially as the laptop has the same screen resolution as many 15.4" laptops.
Now my sister got this notebook from school. As it is aimed at the business and education markets, I would say it should also be aimed at me a uni student. I've never really liked laptops in general however I used this one quite often because I realised the convince of have a portable computer !
The size is the first thing good about the notebook, although its tiny the keyboard is almost full size. The larger battery pack for it however is oddly shaped which significantly adds to the size and its ability to fit in small bags etc. (Although you can purchase a smaller battery which streamlines with the notebook). The shape of the larger one tilts the laptop which I found caused less strain when typing.
As I assume people who use notebooks will be internet surfing and word processing then I would say it is fit for purpose, however if you want a more multi-functioning laptop, this is perhaps not the one to go for. It connects to wireless internet straight away wherever I go, and has not even frozen on my once in the past year 7 months!. However it is very slow to load and internet surfing even with a fast internet connection can be slow, especially when watching videos etc.
Now another thing which may seem obvious is the screen size. Reading on this thing can really strain your eyes, even mine which are used to reading small print books at night with barely any light (do not do that btw lol). Due to the glossy thick plastic on the screen it is also almost impossible to read in direct or even indirect sunlight. This was one of the main drawbacks to the design.
However apart from this I love the design its really durable and although I wouldn't recommend trying this, dropping it on the floor several time has not caused any problems, which I think is down to its aluminium shell (that looks and feels really good), and its plexiglass finish on the screen.
The worst thing about this notebook is its speed. It is always running slow for the first day we had it. Doing basic word document is fine but add anything else to the equation.... And its slow motion
I would say however I may be biased as the notebook was fitted with Windows Vista business even though the processor is tiny and Vista runs slowly even on my home PC !..
I would definitely say this is a decent notebook (as aposed to a laptop) but do not run Vista Business on it whatever you do!
If you want something small and durable then go for it, run xp or windows 7.
When I think of innovative and quality examples of technology I don't automatically think of HP. I would be surprised if anybody actually considered HP to be able to push the boundaries of consumer electronics. Regardless, I recently had cause to purchase another netbook and after much deliberation looking at an Intel Atom powered Acer, opted for this HP 2133 powered by the inferior Via cpu. But why?
Well I saw this netbook in the shop window of the wonderful CEX and at £190 I thought it was a bargain. So what do we have?
Well the case is a lovely polished steel with a bold HP logo which is only correctly orientated when the lid is open. The left side of the case has a VGA out port, a USB port, microphone and earphones inputs. The front is discreet in housing a sliding power switch on the left and a sliding wi-fi switch on the right. The right side of the case has the power socket, ethernet port, a second USB port and an integrated card reader.
Opening the top reveals a gem of a secret. The keyboard is fantastic and close to a full sized set-up. Bizarrely the HP 2133 is not overly wide and furthermore the keys are larger than most making typing easy and pleasurable. The screen is a gem at just under 9 inches with a upper resolution of 1280*768 and a high gloss cover with a large black bezel around the edges which enhances the look.
Getting it home and having a good play was a top priority!Well, someone had seen fit to overwrite the Windows installation with the Linux distro Suse. Pleasingly this was a desktop themed set-up and not the icon driven interface I had previously used on my Asus eeePc. As a trade off however they had seen fit to install 2gb of ddr2 which was a welcome surprise.
Looking at the internal spec I saw the positive inclusion of a 120gb sata hard drive which although slower than flash based memory is considerably cheaper and pound for pound gives a much higher storage capacity. The Via processor is comparatively slow compared to Intel's energy efficient Atom but for web browsing, office work and media storage is more than adequate. Ethernet and Wlan are no brainers in even the lowest specced notebooks but the inclusion of Bluetooth and a card reader are good moves enabling interoperability with phones and cameras. The ubiquitous webcam allows for further media tomfoolery and everybody's favourite freebie Skype.
Well I have to say that I was extremely impressed at the quality of the casing and although it feels very solid it is not overly heavy. The keyboard as stated is sublime and the display is top notch. Aesthetically I was impressed from the start and can find no real faults.
No real faults?
Let's be a bit more picky in the interests of potential purchasers! The screen is excellent and there is no doubt about that fact. However the high gloss finish will present a problem in areas of bright ambient or direct sunlight. I wouldn't stand for fingerprints on the screen myself but it surely is going to be good at collecting them. The screen also has limited travel when going backwards due to the battery placement which is indiscreet to say the least. Due to it's bulk it tilts the keyboard forward slightly which will upset some no doubt but it is ergonomic for hands that tire due to that same elevation.
Connectivity is well catered for though I think that only two USB ports is a little tight. I mean, plug in an external drive and a mouse and where do you plug in up your bus powered office rocket launcher your colleagues love so much? Wi-fi is also good though doesn't cover the latest and therefore higher bandwith option.
Again the processor is a weak link but to be truthful unless you intend on video editing or running elaborate 3D interfaces then you will be just fine. Obviously any kind of gaming is out of the question save for some of the low spec browser based atrocities that are out there.
Now I believe this initially shipped with XP which is more or less obsolete now unless you are hyper conscious of security. That leaves you a wealth of Linux distros or Windows Vista or the new 7. I am planning to install Windows 7 32bit to see how it performs as it is apparently smoother and faster than Vista. In terms of Linux there are so many distributions, many of which have to been hacked for netbooks, it is a matter of personal choice. Certainly Linux is generally safer, faster and more 'hackable' than Windows.
Looks great and performs great though am having issues with wi-fi but this is due to the over complicated administration by Suse. No doubt this will fly when it gets settled and I have tweaked the settings in the browser. Small niggles with limited movement of screen but nothing to write home about and the touchpad is a bit unresponsive. Overall though I would say it is very good.
If you fancy any upgrades yourself be aware that access to the ram and hdd is through removal of the keyboard. A bit annoying when memory is usually concealed under a plate on the underside. If you do it yourself you may as well stick in a larger hdd at the same time.
Just to let you know I have installed Windows 7 32bit without problem. If you have Suse pre-installed simply connect an external optical drive, restart and hit F9 for boot options. The USB drive will be auto detected and then you simply press any key to start the Win 7 installation. You may need to delete some partitions but they are selectable from a short list.
Although I have 2 gb of ram installed it is worth noting that the integrated graphics chip, (which uses 256mb), is capable of running the Aero theme. All devices are automatically installed and work from the start. You may wish to update drivers for the VGA display and network connections manually but this is not required.
In terms of the WEI it is held down by the Via processor. Low scores of one are there to see though the hard disk manages 5. My upgraded ram managed 3.
During initial use I have noticed no particular problems and the netbook is responsive and efficient. I haven't turned down any visual effects yet though I may do so in the future to find an optimum level of performance.
This machine runs so much better on a Windows installation but I would advise you skip both XP and Vista for security and performance respectively. Overall an excellent little netbook!