Author:
Mike Adams
2/25/2009

For the third day of Netbook Week, I have decided to take a look at HP’s business line of netbooks, the HP 2133-FT268. Constructed from a sturdy aluminum shell, this makes this netbook much more durable and light weight than other netbooks on the market. And let’s face it, many of us like the overall look of an aluminum case…why else would Apple have used it for so long? Now let’s look at the specs.

  • VIA C7-M 1.2GHz Processor
  • 120GB Hard Drive
  • 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Integrated VGA webcam
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless a/b/g card
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Chrome 9 Graphics Card
  • 3-Cell Battery
  • 8.9” WSVGA 1024 x 600 Display
  • 2 USB 2.0 Ports
  • VGA port
  • Built-in multicard reader

I must admit, at first glance, this appears to be the nicest of the netbooks that the TechHub carries. The aluminum casing is incredibly attractive, and also very durable. Open it up and you are greeted with what is essentially a full size keyboard. My fingers cried tears of joy on the cramp free keyboard as I typed away. All joking aside, this keyboard is very nice. It even has the extended backspace and shift keys, which makes me happy. And what it lacks in USB ports (it only has 2 compared to other netbooks with 3) it makes up for in a built-in multicard reader. This is a very nice feature.

Remember, this is HP’s business line of netbook, hence the durability of the aluminum case (well, durability, plus the fact that the boss probably would not be too impressed if you trotted in with a hot pink/lime green netbook). So while the actual system specs might not impress the average user, they are incredibly effective for what they were intended for…presentations, quick note taking at meetings, etc. With the presence of the full sized keyboard, this unit is obviously meant to be used for longer periods of time than the average netbook (and as someone with bigger hands, I love this keyboard). The reason I bring up the fact that this machine seems to be geared for longer usage periods is because the battery life is not that great on it. Even at optimal settings, it seems to only get about 2-3 hours of battery life. Even with these issues, if you are looking for a sleek looking, durable, no nonsense netbook…look no further than the HP 2133-FT268.

Pros:

  • Aluminum casing = beautiful and sturdy
  • Lots of storage room with the 120GB hard drive
  • Full-sized Keyboard!!!
  • Built-in multicard reader
  • Very light weight…only 2.6 pounds

Cons:

  • Includes Windows Vista Home Basic (which, unfortunately, this machine would run much better in the XP environment)
  • Smallish battery life
  • A little pricey
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