Everyone is used to the portability of a laptop, a tablet, etc. HP has taken power and minimal footprint to a new level with the HP Pavilion Mini. Mini is a key word. It is a full powered computer that really fit in the palm of your hand, a briefcase, a pocket book, etc.
The model tested was the Pavilion Mini 300-20, and has an impressive set of specs, including;
- Operating System: Windows 8.1(1)
- Processor: Intel® Pentium® processor 3558U(2b)
- Memory: 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3L-1600 SDRAM memory (3) 1X4GB
- Hard drive: 500GB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive(4a)
- Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics(16)
- Keyboard and mouse: Wireless chiclet-style keyboard with volume control, Windows 8 hot keys and optical mouse(1)(96)
- USB ports: 4 (4 x 3.0)
- Wireless: Integrated Bluetooth® 4.0 and Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n featuring 2.4GHz 1x1technology(19)(26)
- Ease of Setup
- Boot and shutdown speeds
- Install of industry standard apps
- Install of peripherals via WiFi, Bluetooth and USB
- HDMI Performance when hooked up to a compatible LED TV
- Portability (a.k.a moving from TV, to monitor, etc)
From unboxing to actually being able to use the unit took less than 5 minutes. That also included WiFi connection, registering Windows and downloading minor updates. After that, shutdown and boot up took (what appeared to be) less than 30 seconds each time. This was still the same even after multiple installs of different software.
As for installs, an industry standard office was installed as was the full featured OpenOffice. Also, personally, I like Chrome and Firefox for browsers, so those two were also installed. Other optional software installed was, iTunes, Adobe Acrobat Reader and GIMP. All installs were lightning fast. After all was said and done, the final install was CCleaner. Once rebooted, CCleaner was run to clean up any remnants of past installations and registry changes. Another final reboot made it official. Again, rebooting and getting to the login screen took less than (appeared) 30 seconds.
Now it was time to install WiFi printers as well as other USB peripherals. They included the HP3050A Deskjet, the HP7520 Photosmart, the Wacom Intuos tablet and an Epson Label printer (via Bluetooth). With all the USB ports free, a generic webcam and a Lexar 32 gig flashdrive were also plugged in. As it happens with Windows these days, all items were plug and play. Each peripheral was immediately recognized and software/drivers were downloaded immediately. Once the wireless devices (Printers) were installed, the USB tether cable was disconnected and they connected wirelessly with perfection. Printing in each case was almost instant. I don’t know if this was due to the printers being from HP, but none the less impressive.
As for hard wired USB connections, there appeared to be “0” distortion on the webcam. The USB transfer rates were really un-measureable, mainly due to the fact that once I started the transfer, it was done in the blink of an eye.
Now here is where the Pavilion Mini tops other devices of its size. While it comes with a keyboard and mouse, it is sans a monitor. That however is not an issue. Any HDMI compatible TV or monitor can now be more than that. This was tested on a 42” and 32” LED TV, as well as a 23” desktop monitor. While the footprint is small and fits on the desk with minimal disruption to your feng shui, there is no substitute for being able to see anything you do on a big screen TV. Whether it is a document, spreadsheet or graphics, it can’t be beat. With the advent of apps that stream what ever you want, you now have a centrally located computing powerhouse where ever you want/need it.
It is small enough to take anywhere (check TSA travel restrictions before packing it though). The HP Pavilion Mini is nothing less than the ultimate in portable computing. Frankly, you don’t even need a full sized keyboard. A small Bluetooth combo will do the trick. Now, everything you want can come and go with you where ever, when ever and however you want.
Learn more at HP’s website.