Since I married into an Apple family five years ago, my only interactions with a PC have been when I test the websites I build as a part of my business. However, I found myself shopping around for small laptop computers twice last year and discovered that there’s some excellent value out there. For under $300 you can get a purse-sized notebook for business and leisure on the go.
HP 110 Mini – value $299 retail
The Mini is less than one inch thin and is just 2.67 pounds (carrying it around in your bag shouldn’t hurt your shoulder at all). It has a 10.1″ LED anti-glare widescreen display, and a keyboard that’s 93% of full-size so your hands should be comfortable typing on the small device.
It comes with built-in wireless capability, 4.25 hours of battery life, HP MediaSuite, and access to the HP Cloud Drive. Even though it’s a small laptop, it still has 3 USB drives, 1 VGA port, 1 RJ45 (network cable port), and 1 headphone (out) plus microphone (in) jack.
The HP Store is located at 1162 Alberni Street and is open Monday to Saturday (10:00am – 6:00pm). They offer weekly specials in-store as well as workshops with local tech experts on everything from gaming with your laptop to setting it up.
Here’s how you can enter to win the HP Mini 110:
I will draw one winner at random from all entries February 2, 2011 at 12:00pm.
Fine print: This contest is only open to residents of BC.
Update The winner is Stacey (@roswello) – congratulations!