Touring The HP MiniNote
Headphone and microphone jacks on the side mean that you can listen to music or use the MiniNote for Skype. There are also two USB ports, one with a power connector built in for use with HP external optical drives.
One USB port has power for running an optical drive, and the VGA port doesn’t need an adapter.
The VGA connector is full size, so you don’t need to carry an adapter. There’s an Ethernet port on the side and a hardware wireless switch on the front of the case to control the 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi (unlike the MacBook Air, it doesn’t support 802.11n). Like other HP machines, this one doesn’t let you see whether Wi-Fi is turned on or off before you power up the PC, but it does glow blue when it’s on, so it’s easy to spot. The HP Quick Launch Buttons software is included, although there isn’t a dedicated button from which to launch it.
The power and Wi-Fi switches on the front of the HP MiniNote.
A second USB port, Ethernet, SD and Express Card slots give you plenty of connection options.
With a real hard drive in the MiniNote, the SD card slot is useful for transferring files from your camera or phone. There’s also an Express Card slot so you can plug in an EVDO or 3G card without taking up a USB port, which compensates for the fact that there isn’t a model with this built-in. That adds up to more connections than the MacBook Air. The memory slot is concealed, but three screws under the battery release the keyboard for easy access.