Pros

  • Reasonable power for the price
  • An honest-to-God discrete GPU in a netbook

Cons

  • Glossy screen a little tough for outdoor use

At A Glance

While still in testing, the first Ion netbook so far delivers on its promise: The first truly affordable netbook that can play games and HD video has arrived.

Manufacturer’s Description

HP Mini 311-1000NR is a compact little PC with an 11.6-inch display that delivers great video performance via Nvidia ION graphics. It has a nearly full size keyboard for comfortable typing, along with an intuitive touchpad, webcam, and plenty of processing power.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number VM257UA#ABA
Processor
Processor type Intel Atom N280
Processor speed 1660.0 MHz
Display
Display size 11.6 inches
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Storage
Drive size 160.0 GB
General Information
UPC Code 884962534038
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces USB - Universal Serial Bus Port (x3)
Wireless connection 802.11 g
Memory
Memory size 1024.0 MB
Dimensions
Width 11.4 inches
Depth 8.0 inches
Height 1.2 inches
Weight 3.22 pounds
Weight with Accessories 3.22 pounds
Other Features
Devices Built-In Webcam

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 37.0
Battery
Battery Life 6:05   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 792.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 610.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 647.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 1224.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 846.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 891.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 857.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 531.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 13.55   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 12.91   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 7.38   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 7.87   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, High, 1024 by 768 9.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, High, 800 by 600 14.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Normal, 1024 by 768 16.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Normal, 800 by 600 16.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 1422.0
Performance
World Bench 5 Multitasking 1422.0