HP Mini 311 Netbook Review

Posted: December 17, 2009
HP Mini 311 Netbook Review

Good gifts do come in small packages, like the HP Mini 311 Netbook. Chris Hardwick and Kevin Pereira take a look at this mini laptop that weighs only 3.2 lbs with an 11.6" HD LED screen and an Nvidia Ion graphics card. See if this compact netbook is worth $400.

What You Need to Know

  • The netbook is only 1.2” thick
  • It weighs about 3.2 lbs.
  • There are no weird protrusions from an extended battery
  • The touchpad is the same glossy feel as the rest of laptop, so your finger is constantly sliding off the edge and you never really know when you're on it
  • The mouse clicks also feel cheap and are hard to press down
  • The keyboard is still pretty good and since it's 92% full, it's easy to type on like you would a normal keyboard
  • As for the screen, it's LED and has a higher resolution than most netbooks, so it looks great and has lots of room to work
  • The interface is okay, but HP really needs to do something about their touchpads
  • The thing that really sets this HP apart from most netbooks is the Nvidia Ion chipset, which allows for smooth video playback and even playing PC games
  • This is the only netbook we've tested that can fully complete the PCMark05 Benchmarks, which is a feat in itself, and it had a respectable score of about 2,100 points
  • Games like Counter-Strike: Source and Call of Duty 4 are fully playable at 800 x 600; it's pretty amazing to have that on a little guy like this
  • Booting up takes a little longer than we'd like at about a minute and forty seconds
  • We have the lowest specs you can get on this netbook (1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive) and it's still super fast
  • Just imagine how fast this thing would be if you paid a little extra and got 3 GB of RAM and a Solid State Drive
  • Either way, for the price, we're definitely impressed with the HP 311 Netbook’s performance, even though the touchpad is wonky


  • $400

Overall Rating

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  • Rupesh

    GPUs don t talk with Flash video services like Hulu yet, there is research going on for that. The Netbook is priced a bit high but it is justified by the high resolution and the better graphics technology.

    http://www.onlinenotebook.co m/hp-mini-311-review.html

    Posted: June 1, 2010 3:59 AM
  • plsburydoughboy

    G4, Chris, you guys did not mention battery life at all! Not quite a dealbreaker, since it's cost-effective for the gaming capable Nvidia Ion. But, based on info other sites, it doesn't seem to go past 3 hours, so it's not all that portable.

    This omission disappointed me quite a bit, though, since it definitely factors in if consumers wanna buy or not. Luv you guys, but don't pass on the details!

    Posted: December 27, 2009 5:05 PM
  • SteveKB

    urg i really wanted to get an eeepc 1201 but it's hard to find it D: it also has ion gfx

    Posted: December 19, 2009 9:19 AM
  • Spybreak

    It's good to see that Netbooks are starting to catch up to laptops now.

    Posted: December 18, 2009 10:06 PM
  • MakoTheWolf

    I read on another site that the processor is so bad you can't even watch hulu in flash on the browser. How come there's no info on the processor in this review?

    Posted: December 18, 2009 10:02 PM
  • DaBigFatCow

    HP FTW

    Posted: December 18, 2009 8:51 PM
  • Rauk_on

    I think I'm going make this my first choice if I ever get to buy a laptop for myself.

    Posted: December 18, 2009 5:32 PM
  • kampfer_sama

    I wonder what his hurry was all about?

    Posted: December 18, 2009 3:21 PM
  • TurnBackThePendulum

    If go to Verizon they have the Hp Mini 311 on sale for 199 with a 2 year contract for mobile broadband. It comes with windows 7 home premium and 2gb of memory. I am getting off of Verizon.

    Posted: December 18, 2009 1:24 PM