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HP 311c 11.6 160GB 6hr £256.75 delivered Expansys

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Product Features
11.6-inch netbook
Enhanced graphics NVIDIA ION LE, HDMI connectivity
Webcam with Integrated Microphone
92% full size keyboard
5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
Technical Details

Operating system: Genuine Windows XP Home Service Pack 3 (32-bit)
Processor: Intel Atom Processor N270 1.60 GHz, Level 2 cache 512 KB
Memory: 1024 MB (1 x 1024 MB), Supports up to 1 GB DDR3 memory
Storage: 160 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 5400 rpm, up to 12 GB partition for system recovery
5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
Communication: Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN 802.11 b/g, WLAN, Bluetooth wireless networking
Webcam with Integrated Microphone
Display: 11.6 inch Diagonal HD LED BrightView Widescreen Display
Display resolution: 1366 x 768
Video: NVIDIA ION LE, up to 319 MB Total Available Graphics Memory
Sound: Altec Lansing speakers
Keyboard: 92% full size keyboard, Touch Pad with dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down
Ports 3 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA port, 1 RJ45 ethernet connector, 1 jack Headphone/Mic combo jack
Power: 90 W AC Power Adapter, 6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
Software: Microsoft Works and Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (60-Day Trial Version), Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows Live Messenger, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Windows Media Player, HP Games Console with hours of free game play
Recovery partition (including possibility to recover system, applications and drivers separately), optional re-allocation of recovery partition, recovery CD/DVD creation tool
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 (60 days live update)
Notebook Help & Support
Additional information: P/N: VJ555EA #ABU, UPC/EAN code: 884962387795
Weight: Out of package - 1.46 kg, Packed - 2.4 kg (Weight will vary by configuration)
Dimensions: 28.9 cm (L) x 20.4 cm (W) x 1.98 (min H)/3.06 cm (max H)
Warranty: 1 year, pick-up and return, parts and labour (You can expand the warranty coverage of your product and protect it against accidental damage up to 3 years)
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#1
Was just about to post this!

£250 netbook. Many will prefer XP Home to 7 Starter. 6 hours claimed battery life - viewing comments from those that own one are saying realistic 5 hours battery life is realistic from HD video playback. Altec lansing speakers in a netbook has got to be a nice plus. nVidia ION graphics meaning smooth HD videos and even able to handle some mainstream games.

I'm seriously considering it... Extremely tempted.
#2
Can also be overclocked, see myhpmini.com
#3
tyvfm :D
#4
this looks great apart from the ram can't be upgraded? max 1gb, surely thats not enough in todays world?
#5
I just got mine last week from HP direct, was slightly cheaper but that was with quidco.

great little machine, it can support 3gb as mine has been upgraded, the only reason it says 1gb is something to do with win XP licensing.

got mine OC'd at 1.* and running very smothly

The only flaw i have with it is recovery disks, doesnt coome with any, and i havent been able to create any yet with the software suplied 'Roxio Back on track'
#6
I see no reason for it not to, but if I chuck this into it: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-046-KS&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat=1264

XP should detect the full 3GB right? According to HP support site it says on XP it will detect 1-2GB. 3GB will only detect on Windows 7. Technically I see no reason for this as XP 32-bit handles 3GB RAM fine... but the fact the HP site had this info has me a little confused.
#7
good deal
#8
I can definrtly confirm that XP supports £GB or at least sumthing like 2.75GB, got mine from HP site and upgrade ram, works fine
#9
Aarkom
I can definrtly confirm that XP supports £GB or at least sumthing like 2.75GB, got mine from HP site and upgrade ram, works fine


XP starter seems to be having a restriction on memory.
#10
there amazon page seems to show delivery cost cheaper by nearly £3 http://www.amazon.co.uk/311c-1010SA-11-6-inch-Processor-Graphics-Bluetooth/dp/B002P8M9T0

where would it be better to buy this from? also how long does there delivery take? never used them before.
#11
ro888 im not sure if you made a typo or picked up wrong...

Windows 7 Starter does indeed have some restrictions, but the netbook Expansys are selling comes with XP Home which has no reason not to support 3-4GB, but on the HP website it states on XP the netbook can handle 1-2GB, but states Windows 7 will accept up to 4GB. Found it strange since XP should handle 3GB without issues, and 4GB is impossible since the netbook has 1GB soldered to the motherboard leaving a single slot free for a maximum 2GB stick (2GB removeable + 1GB fixed = 3GB).

Basically it seems like it's just the HP site messing around but £250 is no small amount to spend to find out HP has imposed an artificial 2GB RAM limit on XP. Sounds most unlikely but again, since their site says this it's left be a little confused.

PS. If I buy an external DVD drive can I install W7 Home Premium? I have no doubts it will run on the specifications but again, has HP/Compaq messed around with the BIOS stopping me from doing such a thing as installing a different Windows OS?
#12
BTW although Amazon's postage is cheaper (Expansys as marketplace seller) it does state 3-5 day delivery. For the sake of £2 I would rather buy at expansys direct for next day delivery.
#13
looks good
#14
Just ordered it... My wallet is crying, but im laughing.

Can't wait to get this on Tuesday (hopefully) install my RAM upgrade, unlock the ION to a 'full' ION and install Windows 7 on it. It's enough to make my 'apple fanboi' mate pretty jealous.

11.6" Netbook with 3GB RAM, Windows 7 Ultimate (legit), and with the capability of playing 1080P video smoothly and even able to play the likes of mass effect 2 and street fighter (newest) at more than respectable framerates. Heck, Resident Evil 5 is even playable on this netbook! I honestly cannot wait!
#15
No Optical Disk Drive?
#16
asimfaran
No Optical Disk Drive?


Have you found any<12" netbook with an optical drive? :?

If it has an optical drive then imo it's more a laptop than a netbook.
#17
dell gives option to add and charge £60.
#18
woohoomoo
BTW although Amazon's postage is cheaper (Expansys as marketplace seller) it does state 3-5 day delivery. For the sake of £2 I would rather buy at expansys direct for next day delivery.


yeh good point

PS. If I buy an external DVD drive can I install W7 Home Premium? I have no doubts it will run on the specifications but again, has HP/Compaq messed around with the BIOS stopping me from doing such a thing as installing a different Windows OS?


I dont see why not, only problem i can see is if the ex dvd drive runs off usb only and needs juice that the usb cant give, but i saw a video of the mini 311 where some guy bought external dvd drive for it, you can always use a usb stick to install tho.
#19
woohoomoo
Just ordered it... My wallet is crying, but im laughing.

Can't wait to get this on Tuesday (hopefully) install my RAM upgrade, unlock the ION to a 'full' ION and install Windows 7 on it. It's enough to make my 'apple fanboi' mate pretty jealous.

11.6" Netbook with 3GB RAM, Windows 7 Ultimate (legit), and with the capability of playing 1080P video smoothly and even able to play the likes of mass effect 2 and street fighter (newest) at more than respectable framerates. Heck, Resident Evil 5 is even playable on this netbook! I honestly cannot wait!


do you honestly think an Nvidia ION in a netbook will run the games you want to play at a decent framerate ???

you have no chance !!!!!
if you do get the games running it wont be long before you fry the components inside the netbook. the clue is in the name "NETBOOK" its to be used for simple tasks and net browsing not gaming.

i have the HP 2133 Mininote with the VIA C3 with windows XP and 2GB ram. its a great little netbook for what i payed £199.99 so this will be a great buy for using as a netbook not a gaming rig.
#20
joffa81
do you honestly think an Nvidia ION in a netbook will run the games you want to play at a decent framerate ???

you have no chance !!!!!
if you do get the games running it wont be long before you fry the components inside the netbook. the clue is in the name "NETBOOK" its to be used for simple tasks and net browsing not gaming.


If you check around the myhpmini.com forums you would notice some games play perfectly well on this netbook without any problems. Of course, it would be absurd, nigh-on stupid to buy a netbook for gaming (apart from the stupidly priced Alienware m11x) and that's not what I want this for... But it can play some games fine so im sure i'll find myself having some half hour gaming sessions at work :whistling:

Some details on some games that work fine!

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Perfect on lowest settings

Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 - very playable at low settings at 1280 x 720. FPS maxed out at 30fps and capped at that anyway so you can say the game runs full speed. Big battles don't seem to faze the system. You may also try setting to all Medium in small battles. Overall very playable.

Counterstrike 1.6 - runs great

Devil May Cry 4 - relatively playable. Framerate ranges between 25 to 35. Texture may be set on High or even Super High. 1280 x 720 not a problem at all. More than 2GB of RAM would help.

Elder Scrolls Oblivion - runs really well actually was getting around 20-30 fps even when fighting

Far Cry - Runs in native resolution very well, no lag.

F.E.A.R - ran on medium got constant 30+ ran perfect

GTR 2 - Runs in native resolution, no lag.

Half-Life 2 - perfect at high settings. 1280 x 720 not a problem at all. So far I haven't had anything bad yet

Want me to go on? If you want proof check here: http://myhpmini.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=2280

So yes, while this should NEVER be used for a gaming laptop/netbook, it's perfectly capable of playing some decent games without any kind of problems.
#21
This is a nice machine but the glossy screen put me off and the touchpad which is overly sensitive, fixed by some third party software i think> if anyone gets one, can you post experiences with it please.
#22
http://myhpmini.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=2843

Convert NVIDIA ION LE to full ION (no drivers patch!)
#23
This is a fantastic price for a quality netbook with a useable screen size and res, I've never liked the 10.1" netbooks with 1024x600. All it's missing for me is 2gb but the price makes the upgrade no problem. Purchased and hot!
#24
woohoomoo;8158859
Altec lansing speakers in a netbook has got to be a nice plus.
You can't break the laws of physics... if you're expecting it to sound anything more than incredibly tinny, you're going to be disappointed.
#25
Great value and great spec. HOT
banned#26
Does anyone else not find that the size of netbooks makes them almost unusable?

They have a ton of them at uni and any time I use them my typing is dodge and I get hand cramos from the position of the touch pad.

This is a good price but the item isn't for me.

Hot.
#27
Got one of these 3 months back - awesome from me. Upgraded mine to 3GB no problems (HPs site said 1GB Max too, but its wrong). Hot
#28
asimfaran
dell gives option to add and charge £60.


But that's an external drive, not an internal one, you could just as easily buy one to add to the HP, but pay far less than the £60.99 that Dell want for one!
#29
graphics at standard are just a little bit worse than the gma hd which is built into most intel i3's, so very capable!
#30
joffa81
i have the HP 2133 Mininote with the VIA C3 with windows XP and 2GB ram. its a great little netbook for what i payed £199.99 so this will be a great buy for using as a netbook not a gaming rig.

The Via C3 is so so so so bad, you can't believe! Your talking about a 9" netbook which can just do mundane tasks, this netbook is 11" and can play many many games, for example left 4 dead at 800x600 at lowest setting will give you on average 29.6 frames per second, so at the native resoltuion you can guess how older games like gta 3 will play for exmaple.
#31
Good to know prices are coming down on these... But going to wait a little longer for dual atom cpu's.....
#32
pibpob
You can't break the laws of physics... if you're expecting it to sound anything more than incredibly tinny, you're going to be disappointed.


Checked back at my posts... err, seems I had a few too many jack & coke and got a little overly excited about it. Still pleased with the purchase though - not quite sure why I highlighted the Altec Lansing speakers as I've never had a fond liking towards the brand - I can only assume I was thinking 'Harmon/Kardon' as I have them on my 5yr old HP which sounds good!

It's a difficult one though...

If you upgrade the RAM to 2 or 3GB then you have a fairly decent little multimedia machine capable of HD video and even some games, but the processor seriously limits it's overall ability - it's just not designed but anything but basic computing tasks.

That said, it's difficult and nearly impossible to find a <15" laptop under £450-500 that has the graphics capability of the ION - sure, you can get a 3GB RAM/i3 2GHz/320GB HDD dell for £400 but it's your usual p!ss-poor on-board graphics you get where even Sims 2 would struggle (just an example, I hate sims!!).

So the play-off is this:

Compaq 311c Netbook = Small, light, good graphics capability, poor CPU performance, £250
Random Laptop with dual core processor = Likely 14"+, bulkier & heavier than netbook, poor graphics, good CPU performance, £400+

You sacrafice speed for the smaller form-factor
You sacrafice graphics for the larger form-factor

Blegh...
#33
I own this netbook its fantanstic, you are dreaming if you think you will have an enjoyable gaming experience. yes it will play some newish games but on the lowest possible settings. Older games work great. The battery lasts around 5+ hours longer if you have power saving on. It does support up to 3gb of DDR3
#34
Anyone out there tried Left 4 Dead 2 with an upgraded model? (3gb ram, overclocked, full ION etc...)

What is the fps like on the lowest settings? Interested to know if it can handle a quick spot of gaming on the fly. Most forums only mention Left 4 Dead 1.
#35
Are Compaq and HP the same company because the link goes to a Compaq named model?

Same spec I think.
#36
LssL
Anyone out there tried Left 4 Dead 2 with an upgraded model? (3gb ram, overclocked, full ION etc...)

What is the fps like on the lowest settings? Interested to know if it can handle a quick spot of gaming on the fly. Most forums only mention Left 4 Dead 1.

check my earlier post, left 4 dead 1 at 800x600 lowest detail gets just below 30fps, so left 4 dead 2 would be a huge no no i guess
#37
I have this laptop -

Buy it - fantastic. Ion can pump out 1080p, full flash.

Just update the drivers.

Real life battery is about 4.5 - 5hrs with streaming and using the net and doing work.

The best size for a netbook - nice screen but still compact.
#38
OMG been waiting for this to drop, and when it does i have no moneeeys!!!!
#39
Are there any dual core atom netbooks with the ion platform? Closest I can get to my needs is the acer ferrari one with dual core athlon low power, and radeon 3200 but its £100 more than this.
#40
wozza2k
OMG been waiting for this to drop, and when it does i have no moneeeys!!!!


Snap! Nearly bought this at launch, but had only just bought the NC10 a mere month before. I may buy into the next iteration of ION netbooks though.

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