There was plenty to like about HP's Mini-Note 2133 netbook, but, as our review back in September last year pointed out, it was ultimately let down by a sluggish processor. Now HP is back with the Mini 2140, and it's swapped the Via C7-M for a much more netbook-friendly Intel Atom N270 CPU running at 1.6GHz.
Aside from the 10.1-inch screen, you'd be hard pushed to tell the Mini 2140 and the 8.9-inch Mini-Note 2133 apart. And since we were so impressed by the chassis of the Mini-Note 2133, this is no bad thing.
The star of the show is undoubtedly the keyboard: featuring well-sized keys, it's one of the best netbook keyboards you're going to find. As with the Mini-Note 2133, though, the ‘1' and tilde keys are slightly squished. The arrow keys suffer a similar fate, but with a delicate touch they're perfectly usable.
To maximise the size of the trackpad, the left and right buttons are placed either side of it as opposed to underneath. Purists will turn their noses up at this design, but it's something you can soon get used to. Some may even prefer it.