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Thanks to their small size and low price tag, netbooks have made a place for themselves in the crowded mobile PC market, and manufacturers have noticed, producing a wide variety of models that vary in everything, from components to color. But with the HP Mini 1103 ($299 direct), Hewlett-Packard eschews the accessory mindset to compete in what may be the biggest draw for netbooks - price. Bright colors, textured plastics, and even the occasional brushed aluminum on netbooks are all ploys to catch your eye on the shelves. But the Mini 1103 sticks with simple matte, black plastic chassis, relieved by a piano-black lid and bezel . Thankfully, despite the lid's shiny finish, there was no noticeable problem with fingerprints. The clamshell design is also nice, with the closed netbook offering a mix of curves and a wedge shaped profile that slips in and out of a bag easily. It weighs only 2.8 pounds, but it's not the lightest netbook we've hefted. However, it's light enough that you won't ruin your back carrying it on a long daily commute. Measuring 10.55 by 7.52 by 0.89-inches (HWD), it's no .68-inch thick MacBook Air ($1,199 direct, 3.5 stars), but the HP Mini 1103 is still light and compact. The 10.1-inch screen is fairly run of the mill for netbooks.
The business-oriented HP Mini 1103 netbook is good-looking and solidly designed, and it has great battery life. Two years ago it would've earned high praise. Today it reminds us how inadequate Atom-based netbooks are for all but the most basic computing tasks. If the basics are all you need to cover, however, at $299 (as of February 28, 2011) this machine is a good deal with nice ergonomics. When the 2.78-pound Mini 1103 is clammed shut, it looks like just about every other netbook ever sold. When it's open, the attractively sculpted matte-black keyboard deck raises the machine a notch above the competition. It would've been nice if HP had continued the matte finish to the bezel surrounding the 10.1-inch, 1024-by-600-pixel display, but no such luck. The keyboard itself is nice to type on, for a netbook design. HP opted for larger alphabetical and editing keys, keeping the cursor-control and function keys smaller. Based on the number of keystrokes per key, this is a logical approach we wish more vendors would pursue. The touchpad and buttons are responsive, and their feel benefits from the texture of the matte finish.
HP is once again targeting the education market with its new Mini 1103 netbook. Unlike the kid-focused Mini 100e, this netbook looks and acts like a consumer model, but keeps the price low for cash-strapped schools and other institutions. Though not the flashiest system on the block, the $299 Mini 1103 combines very long battery life with decent performance for $50 to $100 less than many competitors.The HP Mini 1103's design is basic yet attractive. The overall aesthetic is closer to the Pavilion dm1 and dm3 rather than high-end business netbooks such as the Mini 5103. The glossy black lid and display bezel pick up smudges, but thankfully the rest of the netbook features matte plastic. As with the Pavilion dm1 and the Mini 210, the bottom of the unit is a smooth line with just one panel to remove. This makes it easier to upgrade or repair internal components, such as the RAM or hard drive.For the target market, the non-descript yet functional design of the Mini 1103 is just right. You won't find the same flair as other HP models, but it's not as toy-looking as the Mini 100e, which is geared toward younger students.