Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h04/mnt/15326/domains/hpmininotepc.com/html/wp-settings.php on line 399

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h04/mnt/15326/domains/hpmininotepc.com/html/wp-settings.php on line 414

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h04/mnt/15326/domains/hpmininotepc.com/html/wp-settings.php on line 421

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h04/mnt/15326/domains/hpmininotepc.com/html/wp-settings.php on line 456

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h04/mnt/15326/domains/hpmininotepc.com/html/wp-includes/cache.php on line 99

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h04/mnt/15326/domains/hpmininotepc.com/html/wp-includes/query.php on line 21

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h04/mnt/15326/domains/hpmininotepc.com/html/wp-includes/theme.php on line 576
Mininote | HP Mini Note PC Blog

Tag Archive for 'mininote'

Adding a Broadcom HD video accelerator to the HP mininote 2133

My HP 2133 (1 Ghz) plays 480p video flawlessly, but any attempt to play a high definition format makes the video look like a slideshow.

When Broadcom announced the “Crystal HD Enhanced Media Accelerator” I decided to purchase one, dissect my mininote again and see how well the card works.

The following videos are examples of the “before” and “after” experience of using the accelerator on my HP 2133 mininote. Installation of both the hardware and the software had it’s challenges which I’ll document in a later post this week.

The sample Stormchasers_1080 and Robotica_720 video files were downloaded from the Microsoft HD Content Showcase.

I think you’ll agree that the results are very impressive. I also tried the accelerator with a blu-ray clip from the movie “Body of Lies” which also worked great, provided you paused the player for a couple of seconds after forwarding the video.

The Broadcom cards are available as PCI Express mini cards and for the ExpressCard 34 slot. I bought the mini card on ebay for $24.

Robotica_720 before HD Accelerator installation:

Robotica_720 after the Broadcom HD Accelerator has been installed:

Stormchasers_1080 before the Broadcom HD Accelerator has been installed (on an external monitor):

Stormchasers_1080 after the Broadcom HD Accelerator has been installed (on an external monitor):

Trying to decide which Netbook to buy?

Kevin at Gigaom.com has got some basic information on the different netbooks (including the HP mininote) available for purchase today. He covers the Asus EeePC, HP Mini-note, Acer Aspire One and the MSI wind. Kevin doesn’t cover any new ground in this quick guide, but it’s a good primer if your in the market for a new mini pc/netbook.

If your interested in more comprehensive analysis of what to look for when buying your netbook, check out the shopping tips and recommendations in Jeffrey Wilson’s article over at laptopmag.com. Jeffrey selected the HP2133 mini-note in the category of best mini pc over $500, looking at HP’s high end mininote offering for $729. He selected the ASUS Eee PC 4g in the less than $400 category and the MSI Wind NB in the $400-500 category.

Why you should download Google’s new browser, Chrome

Google launched a new platform browser today, Chrome. Chrome is fast and simple. Google have carefully stripped out any browser bloat, built a new Javascript engine (V8) optimized for today’s web browsing experience and open sourced the code. I downloaded and ran it on my hp mini-note and was very impressed with the performance and the simplicity of the interface. On Google Chrome, I was happily browsing with 10 open tabs and no performance degradation. I suggest you give it a try, I think you’ll be impressed.

Alternatively, you could try Internet Explorer 8 Beta, which was made available for download from Microsoft today. I didn’t.

Here’s a few screenshots from the mini-note running Google Chrome.

Google Chrome Thumbnails of your top sites

Google Chrome showing the bbc.co.uk web site

Interestingly, Microsoft Live Mail didn’t like Chrome and suggested I use another browser.

Microsoft Windows Live email doesnt like Chrome yet