Laptop Magazine has started putting the HP Mini 311 through its paces – and the early results impress. As the first netbook based on Nvidia’s ION LE graphics chip paired with an Intel Atom N270/280 processor, the diminutive Mini garnered a PCMark05 score of 1,917- nearly 500pts above the average netbook. What’s more, the older “Diamondville” N-series processor in a recent report outperformed the newer “Poulsbo” Z-series clock for clock.
The HP Mini 311’s 3DMark06 scores were even more impressive at 1,386 which is a full 1,200 points over the average. That’s not a typo.
Battery life is still being run through its paces, however I went ahead and purchased the 311 based on early feedback (Note to FTC– I bought it with my own money thanks ). I really wish the configurator gave me the option of 2GB of RAM however there is puzzlingly an option for a 2nd battery at half-price. Hopefully this isn’t a statement about the overall power consumption of a device with graphics that reportedly performs about as well as the MacBook Air at a fraction the cost. Of course the processor is rather diminutive in stature but despite this, the unit will reportedly do Blu-ray with an external drive. I will be testing it with the optional 802.11n against an HD Homerun network HDTV tuner and Windows Media Center wirelessly among other scenarios.
Speaking of which, one has to wonder with an Acer Ferrari laptop, when is the MINI car company going to get in with all these “Mini”s running around? No mind. I’ll report back here once I have the 311 in my hands and load Windows 7 Ultimate on it for review.