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1. Compaq Presario M2010US Notebook
$1,279.88 list($1,600.00)
2. Compaq Presario R4025US 15.4"
$979.87 list($1,225.00)
3. Compaq Presario 2210US 15" Notebook
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4. Compaq Presario 2199US Notebook
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5. Compaq Presario R3160US Notebook
6. Compaq Presario 710US Notebook
$1,979.00 list($2,386.00)
7. Compaq Presario X1480US Notebook
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8. Compaq Presario R4010US 15.4"
$1,399.99
9. Compaq Presario 2145US Notebook
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10. Compaq Presario V2205US 14" Notebook
11. Compaq Presario 700US Notebook
$1,099.87 list($1,412.00)
12. Compaq Presario V2010US 14.0"
$1,399.99 list($1,768.00)
13. Compaq Presario R3320US 15.4"
$1,529.99 list($1,891.00)
14. Compaq Presario X6110US Notebook
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15. Compaq Presario V2110US 14.0"
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16. Compaq Presario R3440US 15.4"
17. Compaq Presario 900US Notebook
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18. Compaq Presario R3230US Notebook
$1,479.99 list($1,829.00)
19. Compaq Presario R3340USNotebook
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20. Compaq Presario R3425US Notebook

1. Compaq Presario M2010US Notebook PC (Intel Celeron M Processor 350, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW drive)
list price: $1,061.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007TZR34
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 31
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Bring mobile computing to your life without breaking the bank with the no-nonsense, yet powerful Compaq Presario M2010US notebook PC. It's powered by an Intel Celeron M 350 processor, which provides up to 3 hours of battery life. And you'll be able to work while on the go with the built-in 54g wi-fi LAN with 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support. This notebook features a 40 GB hard drive, 256 MB of installed RAM, 15-inch display, and combo DVD/CD-RW drive.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: Since the focus is on affordability, the M2010US comes with just a 40 GB hard drive (4200 RPM)--small compared with other notebooks, but in line with the price of this notebook. It's still enough room for home office productivity software, storing family photos, and a decent-sized digital audio library.
  • Processor: The Intel Celeron M processor is designed specifically for mobile computing, offering a balanced level of mobile-optimized processor technology, good mobile performance, and exceptional value. The 1.3 GHz speed resides in the middle of the spectrum for this processor (as of March, 2005). It also features a 400 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and large 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)
  • Memory: The installed 256 MB (266 MHz) is underpowered for today's demanding office productivity and multimedia applications and immersive 3D games. You'll want to take advantage of the 1 GB total RAM capability (2 x 512 MB).
  • CD/DVD Drive: The combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive can read CDs at 24x, write at 24x,and rewrite at 24x speeds. It can read DVDs at 8x.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
The 15-inch XGA TFT display has a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It features the integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 video/graphics card (with 64 MB of shared video memory), 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio, and internal JBL Pro speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The M2010US has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. The 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support will enable it to be ready for tomorrow's 125 Mbps wireless LANs. You get a basic offering of connectivity options, which does include super-fast USB 2.0 and Firewire:

  • 2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton Internet Security 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, Sonic RecordNow, Apple iTunes, Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, Intervideo WinDVD, MuVee Autoproducer, and MSN Encarta Plus.

Dimensions and Weight
This notebook measures 13.15 x 10.8 x 1.78 inches and weighs 6.27 pounds.

Power
It's powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 3 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the M2010US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty and 30-day free software support. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars HP makes bad products
HP products are horrible. After about 2 months since purchasing the laptop, something broke and I couldn't use it without the battery in it. So the battery was depleted quickly. Then the power connector on the back went loose, so I had to put up with constant interruptions because I had to always jiggle the power connector in the back for the power to get back on. After a while nothing was working. So I sent it for repair just before the warranty expired. They sent it back and they didn't do anything to fix it. I called customer service again and they told me to send it back. I also purchase a new extended warranty to keep them working on it. I wasted about a month on their incompetence and deception before they called me and said I have to pay for the motherboard because the motherboard is not under warranty. That was the first time I ever heard this. So now I am trying to get the money back for the extended warranty I paid for nothing. Customer service wasn't rude. But the company engages in deceptive practices and makes bad products. Too bad I couldn't give a 0 star.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Laptop & You Just Can't Beat The Price!
I got this at CompUSA for 500+tax AR. This was bought for my parents, so the majority of the usage will be for web surfing and e-mailing. I also have a Toshiba M35 that i paid over 1800 a year or so ago, the majority of this review will be a comparison between the two, yes i know that it is unfair to put this against that other one, but i was surprised at how this laptop can hld its own. I use the benchmark portion that is in a utility program called batteryeater to give you a reference between the two.

First off, as many people will tell you, the 256MB RAM (224MB because the video takes a minimum of 32MB and can be set up to 64MB) isn't enough, the laptop has two slots for RAM (1 is already occupied by the 256MB PC2100), so it would be a good investment to purchase another 256MB stick (~$30) or a 512MB (~$50) if you plan to do more than office work. Since i had an extra 256MB stick laying around, i did not have to spend the extra money for one, so i have 480MB or system RAM on this, whereas my M35 has 512MB of RAM because it has dedicated video ram. The score where 4012 for the 2010us and 4024 for the M35

The CPU is a 1.3GHz Celeron M 350, which has its ups and down, the up is that it has 1MB of L2 cache and 400MHz FSB, which is a bit stronger than the normal Celerons. The downside is that it does not support any type of power savings features such as SpeedStep on the Centrino line of CPU from Intel. The M35 has a 1.5GHz Centrino processor. The 2010us scored a 1470 where as the M35 had 1943 for the CPU benchmark.

The batter is a 53wHr Lithium-Ion, which lasts for a little under 2hours in the benchmark, Whereas the M35 had almost 3hrs with the speedstep on.

The LCD has a resolution of 1024x768, which is the lowest resolution for a 15" LCD by today's standards, and the LCD isn't high quality, the screen is bright...but that's only if you look at it directly on, from the side, the screen becomes dim and color reproduction is inaccurate. But considering that this is again for Office-type work this not so much a problem. my M35 a ultility that turns down the brightness of the LCD based on the amount of battery left, but i think a program of such can be found on the internet, but i just want to mention that because it would help to conserve the battery.

The mouse pad is an odd dimension, it is about 1.5"H x 3"W, which is a little short and wide compared to other laptops, it is made by synaptics, which makes touchpads for like 95% of the laptops out there. The one thing i didn't like is this mouse, the buttons are very slender and flushed with the palm rest and doesn't have a textured surface, so with my medium sized hand, i find it a little difficult to use without looking at it and having my finder directly on it, otherwise, i would have to use more pressure than on any other laptops because my thumb is about twice the width of the button.

Another thing that i would like to mention is that he power cord connection to the laptop seems very "fragile" it is thin and plugs into the left side, what makes is fragile is the fact that is plugs in perpendicular to the side so if you had this on your lap, and it happened to slip on the left side, i think there is a good chance that the plug would break. If it had a 90 degree plug, it would be a little better, a thicker plug, or having plugging into the back would help even more.

The hard drive is a 40GB @ 4200rpm, which is more than enough for office works, and some music and videos. The included DVD-Rom/CDRW drive is very nice addition on a budget laptop such as this, it doesn't come with a floppy drive, but all laptops today do not either. It scored a 2207 on the HDD bench, versus 3156 for the M35 which has a 60GB 5400RPM.

It has JBL pro speakers, which is better than most laptops i have used over the year and pretty much surpasses most of Dells laptop speakers. And it is placed on the front, facing you, so the sound is not pointed way out in space with some laptops. Though it is good, it cannot compare to the Harman/Kardon speakers on the M35.

This laptop has the intel extreme graphics2, with 32MB (can go upto 64MB) of ram, whereas the M35 has a 32MB GForceGo, so in the bench this only scored a 1912 whereas the M35 scored a 3441.

It does have 10/100 LAN as well as 54G wireless and 56K modem, 2 USB2.0 ports and a firewire port. These are all very nice addition with a budgets laptop such as this, the wireless get excellent reception from my wireless router, and is better than the intel 2200G that is on the Toshiba M35.

All in all, I think this is the best bang for the buck anyone can buy if you can get it for the 500 price, there just isn't anything else out there that I am aware of that can match this laptop in terms of features and price. But even at 700, it is still a very very good buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Very good Budget PC
I received my computer yesterday and it was a pleasant surprise for me to open the box and take it out. Before ordering this one, I personally did not like the appearance of non-widescreen computers but this computer changed my view.

256MB RAM is a bit less and with shared video memory, XP crawls on this. Adding extra RAM is highly recommended, which I did by adding 512 module separately. After this small modification, this computer works wonderfully.

Beware of one small feature of HP's default system settings while you install the drivers. They set Clear type setting for smooth screen fonts, which make them blurred (display settings->Advanced->Effects). It took a while for me to figure that out.

In Summary, VERY happy with this purchase. Could not have expected more from a computer of this price (got it for $499.99AR from CUSA)!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Bang for the Buck
I got this for $599 on sale and after a rebate at Staples. It is what it is: An economy laptop with some unexpected bells and whistles.

The built in wireless internet is wonderful. The sound is terrific for a laptop. The screen is a nice size and produces a nice picture. I love having a burner and a dvd. It comes with the usual software that most preconfigured laptops come with. Has ilink/firewire hick is nice for us iPod users.

Negatives....not much to mention. I'm going to upgrade the Ram because 256 doesn't cut it nowadays. I'd like more than 2 usb ports.

If you're a gamer, buy an Alienware laptop for 4 times the price.This laptop should be more than enough for most people. The price is fantastic for a laptop that is a little more than basic. ... Read more


2. Compaq Presario R4025US 15.4" Notebook PC (AMD Athlon 64 3200+, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
list price: $1,600.00
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Asin: B0008F6T2K
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 45
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Amazon.com Product Description

Take your productivity to the next level wherever you roam with the Compaq Presario R4025US notebook PC. With a powerful AMD Athlon 64-bit processor and large 15.4-inch screen, you'll be able to effortlessly multitask. It also features a strong ATI Radeon Xpress video/graphics card with 128 MB of dedicated video RAM--great for multimedia presentations. It has a Firewire port for connecting an iPod and video camcorders, dual-layer DVD-/+RW drive (which also burns CDs)--wlhich can burn up to 8.5 GB of data to compatible DVDs--and a multi-format memory card reader. The R4010US also offers a large 80 GB hard drive, 1 GBof installed RAM, and 54g wireless connectivity with 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 80 GB hard drive (4200 RPM) is a bit above average in size for notebook PCs, providing more than enough capacity for storing documents, digital media files, and productivity software.
  • Processor: AMD's Athlon 64 3200+ processor is built for tomorrow's 64-bit applications, which will require a processor with significant power. This 2.0 GHz processor offers a system bus with speeds up to 2000 MHz and 512 KB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.) It includes such AMD features as HyperTransport Technology (which increases the communication between integrated circuits) and Cool'n'Quiet Technology that conserves power while also keeping the notebook's decibels to a minimum.
  • Memory: The 1 GB of built-in memory (2 x 512 MB, DDR SDRAM) is well suited to today's demanding multimedia and business productivity software, and it features a faster than average speed (333 MHz). It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 2 GB (2 x 1024 MB).
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the V2220US multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
The high-definition 15.4-inch WXGA BrightView widescreen display--with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution--has 18 percent more screen information than a 15-inch XGA, providing visibility of two applications side by side for greater productivity and multi-tasking. The BrightView feature provides a 20 percent brighter screen for better definition and 33 percent wider viewing angle for more accurate, off-center viewing when sharing files files. Video and graphics are powered by the ATI Radeon Xpress 200M, which provides 128 MB of dedicated video memory. It also has HP Premium audio and internal stereo speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The R4025US has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. The 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support will enable it to be ready for tomorrow's 125 Mbps wireless LANs. It also includes a next-generation ExpressCard 54/34 card slot, which lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features. You get a very good offering of connectivity options, which does include super-fast USB 2.0 and Firewire:

  • 4 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video port for connecting to a TV
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
  • 1 Expansion Port 2 connector
  • 6-in-1 Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Sticks, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, and XD Picture Cards
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton AntiVirus 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, MSN Encarta Plus, Sonic RecordNow, Apple iTunes, Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, Intervideo WinDVD, and MuVee Autoproducer.

Dimensions and Weight
This notebook measures 14.25 x 11.2 x 1.88 inches and weighs 7.85 pounds.

Power
It's powered by a 8-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 3 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the Compaq R4025US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty, 1-year technical phone support, and 30-day free software support. ... Read more


3. Compaq Presario 2210US 15" Notebook PC (Intel Celeron M Processor 340 (Centrino), 256 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $1,225.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062WQCC
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 109
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Compaq Presario 2210US notbook offers equal parts mobility and productivity, with a price tag that won't break the bank. Road warriors will appreciate the power-saving benefits of the 1.4 GHz Celeron M processor, while digital media enthusiasts will go for the bright, 15-inch display and 24x combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive. It also features a 40 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, and 54g Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 40 GB IDE hard drive is on the small side compared to other notebooks. However, it does offer a decent enough capacity for storing documents and productivity software for road warriors--but not enough for much multimedia storage.
  • Processor: The younger sibling to Intel's Centrino processor, the Celeron M processor is also closely related to its desktop and Mobile Celeron predecessors. The 1.4 GHz speed measurement is similar to the 2.0 GHz Mobile Celeron processor, which puts it in the middle of the speed spectrum for this processor class. It will aby execute tasks from productivity and multimedia applications, but it's not recommended for high-end video needs. Its M classification denotes its built-in power-saving technologies, so you'll get good battery performance while on the road.
  • Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, 266 MHz, DDR SDRAM) is becoming standard on notebooks and it's a good start for power users. It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 1 GB (2 x 512 MB).
  • CD/DVD Drive: The combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive can write and read CDs at 24x and rewrite at 10x speeds. It can read DVDs at 16x.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a standard 101-key keyboard and two-button touchpad with on/off button and dedictated vertical scroll up/down pad.
Sound and Graphics
The 2210US has a 15-inch TFT display with a native resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It also features the integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 video/graphics card (with 8x AGP and 64 MB of shared video memory), 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio, and internal stereo speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
This 2210US model has an integrated 802.11g wireless LAN (which is compatible with the more widespread 802.11b and offers faster data transmission rates). You get a basic offering of connectivity options, which does include super-fast USB 2.0:

  • 2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems). It also has a hot-swappable bay for adding an optional optical drive or second battery.

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition operating system, and it also features Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents). Other preloaded software includes Microsoft Money, Quicken New User Edition, Norton Antivirus 2004 (with 60-day LiveUpdate subscription), Adobe Acrobat Reader, Encarta Plus, HP Image Zone Plus, InterVideo WinDVD Creator,Sonic RecordNow, and Apple iTunes.

Dimensions and Weight
At 12.96 x 10.72 x 1.69 inches and 6.7 pounds, the 2210US is average in size compared to other notebooks in its class.

Power
It's powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides an average of battery life of around 2 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the Compaq Presario 2210 US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty. ... Read more


4. Compaq Presario 2199US Notebook PC (2.13 GHz AMD Athlon XP-M 2800+, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Combo)
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $1,437.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001Z65T4
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 118
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Hit the road with the powerful, affordable Compaq Presario 2199US notebook PC and be confident that you have all the tools and documents you need to stay productive. The 2199US offers a 15-inch display, a battery-saving 2.13 GHz Mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor, a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive for playing DVD movies and burning your own music CDs, 40 GB hard drive, and 512 MB of installed RAM.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 40 GB (4200 RPM) hard drive will be serviceable, providing ample storage for your documents and productivity applications, but it is on the low end of storage capacity when compared with other notebooks.
  • Processor: The 2.13 GHz Mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor is designed to extend system battery life using AMD's proprietary PowerNow! technology, as well as support a wide range of wireless LAN standards--including 802.11g (54g)--and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Memory: The 2199US comes with a 512 MB built-in memory (2 x 256 MB modules, DDR SDRAM, 266 MHz)--a good start for power users. It has two slots for upgrading memory to a maximum of 1 GB (2 x 512 MB).
  • CD/DVD Drive: It comes equipped with a combo DVD/CD-RW drive, which enables you to play DVD-ROM discs and DVD movies as well as burn data and record music to CD discs.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: The 2199US has a 101-key keyboard and touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical scroll up/down pad.
Sound and Graphics
The 2199US uses the ATI Mobility Radeon 4x AGP video/graphics card with 3-D architecture and 64 MB of shared DDR RAM, which provides good DVD movie playback and the ability to drive an external monitor. It has a 15-inch XGA TFT screen with a 1028 x 768 native resolution.

The audio card is integrated into the notebook's circuitry, which helps save on cost. The 2199US features two built-in stereo speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The 2199US features a basic supply of external connections:

  • 2 USB 1.1 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players (note that this is not the faster USB 2.0 standard)
  • 1 parallel port for connecting older printers and scanners
  • 1 serial port for older peripherals such as early PDAs
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video out (for connecting to a TV)
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II/III compatible and 32-bit card bus)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.92) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
The 2199US comes with the Windows XP Home Edition operating system, and it also features Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents). Other preloaded software includes Norton Antivirus 2003 (with 60 days of complimentary live updates), Quicken, Microsoft Money, Microsoft Encarta Online Deluxe, Adobe Acrobat Reader, InterVideo WinDVD SE (for playing DVD movies), Roxio EasyCD Creator, and MusicMatch Jukebox.

Dimensions and Weight
Measuring 12.96 x 10.72 x 1.62 inches (L x W x H), it's a relatively compact laptop. It weighs a moderate 7.3 pounds.

Power
The included rechargeable lithium-ion battery has 8 cells (which refers to the number of charge-storing components within the battery) and offers a standard amount of power for a notebook PC (around 2 hours of typical use).

What's in the Box
This package includes the Compaq Presario 2199US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, phone cord, and operating instructions. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good everyday laptop
I got this laptop recently and I am very happy with it.

pros:

1) 15 inch display. It is very clear. Brightness is easily adjustable.
2) XP 2800. AMD Barton core. This is one fast processor. I would say that this processor is faster than any 1MB Centrino processors. (I have not used any 2MB Centrino processor machines to judge)
3) 512 MB RAM. You can really notice the difference over 256 MB ones.
4) Low price. Other notebook offering CD-RW/DVD combo, 40 GB, 512 MB RAM and fast processor are all generally $200 - $300 more expensive.
5) Relatively good battery life. I have gotten 2.5 - 3.75 hours of battery life. It really depends on what you do. If you play games, it will probably only last 1 hour. I have gotten 3+ hours of batter life watching movies on lower power setting. I use crystal CPUID to set the power setting instead of PowerNOW. It gives me more options, but also give you a chance to fry you CPU if you mess up.

cons:

1) USB 1.1 port and no firewire port. Basically means you cannot have fast access to external data. If you plan to do video editing, you will have to buy a firewire PCMCIA card. USB 1.1 is much slower compared to USB 2.0. Still, you should be able to get by to use with a digital camera.
2) High power consumption processor. This XP-M 2800 processor has a peak power consumption of 72W (compare to around 25W in Centrino). This puppy gets hot when running processor demanding applications. Mine CPU temperature have reached 82 degress celsius.
3) Integrated graphics card. Amazon mis-printed the graphics card for this unit, unless amazon.com gets different configurations from what I got. My unit has a RADEON IGP 320 integrated display card. It is not very fast, but still able to play some games depending how picky you are on video card. If you are getting a laptop to play the latest games, this laptop is not it.
4) The touchpad espically the scroll area is terrible. Whenever I try to type, my palm is on top of the scrollbar region of the touchpad causing my window to scroll up and down randomly. My only remedy is to disable the touchpad scrolling feature. All HP/Compaq had to do it to move the touchpad to the left 0.3 inches to solve this problem. I do not know what were they thinkging.
5) No integrated wireless card. Not a big deal. You can buy a PCMCIA with all the money you saved.
6) No docking station port. Probably not a big deal for most people.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing laptop for the price u pay
the best laptop u can get for the price u pay. i cant understand why everybody is complaining about the tochpad. compaq didnot enable the tapping option for the touchpad. so u have to just got t0 control panel--otherhardware---mouse----device settings---settings--enable the tapping option and u will be on the go like any other notebooks. the processor is also as fast as pentium.on the other side this notebook didnot have the wireless card. but no complaints as u can buy it for not more than 30 bucks.hope this helps... ... Read more


5. Compaq Presario R3160US Notebook PC (1.6 GHz Athlon 64 3200+, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, 802.11g, DVD+R/RW Combo)
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $2,296.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001Z95J6
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 341
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Amazon.com Product Description

Get all the power you expect out of a desktop PC with the Compaq Presario R3160US laptop. Road warriors will appreciate its 60 GB hard drive for storing important documents and productivity applications, as well as its built-in 54g wireless connectivity. The R3160US also features a fast, 64-bit 1.8 Ghz Mobile Athlon 3000+ processor, a DVD+RW/CD-RW combo drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, a huge 80 GB hard drive, and a 15.4-inch widescreen display that's powered by Nvidia's GeForce4 420 Go video/graphics card with 32 MB of dedicated memory.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The spacious 80 GB hard drive (4200 RPM) is at the very top of the range for notebook storage, and it offers more than enough capacity for both your work and home files as well as a good-sized multimedia library.
  • Processor: The 1.6 GHz AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor offers a high level of performance that's equivalent to a 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor--speedy enough for PC gaming, graphic design software, and multimedia creation. And with its 64-bit architecture, the R3160US is built for the increased demands of future software applications that take advantage of this architecture. It also features a 1 MB L2 cache.
  • Memory: The R3160US comes with a 512 MB built-in memory (2 x 256 MB modules, DDR SDRAM, 333 MHz)--a good start for power users. However, only one slot is accessible for upgrading; it has a maximum RAM capacity of 1280 MB (1 x 256 MB, 1 x 1024 MB).
  • CD/DVD Drive: It is equipped with a combo drive that is capable of reading and writing of both DVDs and CDs. It uses the DVD+RW format, one of two formats for rewriteable DVDs.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook PC has a 101-key keyboard and touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical scroll up/down pad.
Sound and Graphics
The R3160US includes Nvidia's GeForce4 420 Go video/graphics card, which produces good 3-D and DVD playback performance, helps save on battery life, and can drive an external monitro. It also features 32 MB of dedicated video RAM. The 15.4-inch flat-panel screen has a 1280 x 800 native resolution.

The audio card is integrated into the notebook's circuitry, which helps save on cost. The R3160US features two built-in JBL Pro Performance stereo speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The R3160US offers a decent variety of external connections:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 parallel port for connecting older printers and scanners
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video out (for connecting to a TV)
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II compatible and 32-bit card bus)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
It also has an integrated 802.11g wireless LAN (which is compatible with the more widespread 802.11b and offers faster data transmission rates), integrated 56K modem (V.92), and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
The R3160US comes with the Windows XP Home Edition operating system, and it also features Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents). Other preloaded software includes Norton Antivirus 2003 (with 60 days of complimentary live updates), Quicken, Microsoft Money, Microsoft Encarta Online Deluxe, Adobe Acrobat Reader, InterVideo WinDVD SE (for playing DVD movies) and WinDVD Creator, and MusicMatch Jukebox.

Dimensions and Weight
Measuring 11.18 x 14.25 x 1.8 inches (L x W x H), it's not the thinnest notebook available. It weighs a moderate 7.8 pounds.

Power
The included rechargeable lithium-ion battery has 8 cells (which refers to the number of charge-storing components within the battery) and offers a standard amount of power for a notebook PC (around 2 hours of typical use).

What's in the Box
This package includes the Compaq Presario R3160US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, phone cord, and operating instructions. ... Read more


6. Compaq Presario 710US Notebook (1-GHz Duron, 256 MB RAM, 20 GB hard drive)
by Compaq

Asin: B00005UT2V
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Compaq
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Targeting the home and work-at-home user and those who like to spend atleast some of their computing hours in the pursuit of entertainment, Compaq'sPresario 710US notebook strikes a happy balance between performance andaffordability. Although it doesn't incorporate the fastest processor on themarket, the Presario 710US is certainly ready to handle most light to mediumduties and virtually all computer-related leisure activities.

Sporting a sleek design and a futuristic two-tone color scheme, the Presario710US looks substantially snazzier than many of its notebook peers. It tips thescales at a comfortable 6.4 pounds and measures in with a slightly larger thanaverage 10.6-by-12.4-by-1.64-inch profile. Under the hood, Compaq has fashioneda reasonably powerful engine consisting of a 1 GHz AMD Duron processor and 256MB of RAM (expandable to 512 MB), a setup that won't elicit blinding speed butmotors along nicely and easily runs several concurrent applications. Thesystem's 20 GB hard drive offers plenty of room for all the MP3 files you maywant to collect and later broadcast through the unit's impressively proficientJBL Audio bass reflex speaker system.

Powered by a 16 MB Via ProSavage graphics card and capable of 1,024-by-768resolution, the Presario's 14.1-inch LCD display is ready to handle all themovies you'll play on the unit's integrated 8x DVD-ROM drive. Its keyboardsection offers full-size keys, a separate cursor and touch pad, and an array ofsix one-touch buttons for instant control of such everyday functions as speakervolume, e-mail, and Internet access. A 3.5-inch floppy disk drive ensuressupport for older programs that have yet to find their way to disc, and a 56Kmodem permits acceptable Internet access speeds.

The Presario 710US veritably bristles with ports. Compaq has included two USBports for plug-and-play peripherals such as joysticks, a 10/100 Mbps Ethernetnetwork connection, a single parallel port for devices such as printers, anNTSC/PAL port for connection to various video devices, a multipurpose PC Cardslot, and a speaker-out and microphone-in port. In addition, the system isequipped with AMD's battery-saving PowerNow technology, which adjusts processorclock speed to determine the best compromise between speed, power, and batterylife. This is a valuable tool for users who go long periods of times betweencharges.

Preloaded software includes useful utilities such as Microsoft Internet Explorer6.0, Microsoft Works 6.0, Microsoft Money 2001, Norton AntiVirus, Roxio's niftyEasy CD Creator 5.01, InterVideo WinDVD 3.0 DVD player, and a one-yearsubscription to Microsoft's Encarta Online Deluxe Encyclopedia. Users willoperate their system with the Home Edition of Windows XP, arguably Microsoft'smost stable OS since Windows 98 Second Edition.

Faster, beefier notebooks are not hard to find. Yet for those who don't havevast, untapped financial resources, Compaq's Presario 710US is fine choice. ... Read more

Reviews (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great machine for the money!
Bought this a couple of months ago (not from Amazon)... Did have to take the first one back for a defective LCD, no big deal. Once I got the 2nd one, I immediately wiped the machine clean (took an image of the drive first), loaded Windows XP professional (I work in IT, and XP Home just doesn't have enough oomph for me...), and added another 256 MB of RAM (for ...

WOW, love this machine!!! Added an Orinocco gold wireless LAN card, and I am ready to rock! Windows Update downloaded Wireless LAN and Video drivers (it recognized my S3 video card with no problem), then installed them on the fly with no reboot! Now that's the way an operating system should be!

Like the ability to increase the video RAM up to 32 MB via a BIOS setting (it's shared with system memory). Changed it to 32MB, and it works well. DVD drive & software produce great video. Like the S-Video output, and integrated 10/100 ethernet too (compared this to an HP in the same price range, but it didn't have either of these).

My only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that if the battery gets really low, the machine will experience a keyboard failure during the boot-up POST process (even if it's plugged in). Sometimes you have to unplug it, and remove the battery in order to get it straight again. It's a small nit, and it doesn't happen often.

Would definitely recommend it to anyone that's looking for an entry level laptop.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unstable & Incompatible
I purchased this product because it offered more processing power & memory than others in similar price range.

First one I received had to be returned because of defective LCD.
Second one I received had different brand DVD-ROM which caused some problems (not recognizing CD's after I put them in) at first but now it seems to be working.

The real problem with this machine is that it is made to work only with the software package that Compaq provides (WinXp Home Edition package).
My work requires that I use Windows 2000 as well as XP Pro, so I installed them both. This computer does NOT work well with Windows 2000. The system simply freezes, or hangs with little or no warning, and the only way to get out of it is to turn the power off and on again. I tried the same kind of work on my old Dell Inspiron - it does crash sometimes but can be recovered by pressing CTL-ALT-DEL (never freezes like Compaq does), thus you rarely loose your unsaved work. Maybe it has to do with the Duron processor because the machine tends to get very hot sometimes (a lot hotter than my other Pentium-based laptops).

Compaq lists only a couple of drivers & updates on their website (mouse and modem drivers). Beware: Windows 2000 (and even XPPro, if you're installing your own copy) won't recognize this machine's video & audio cards. Even Windows Update site doesn't have the drivers listed for these devices, so you're on your own once you get out of default-factory-installed software environment.
I wish Compaq had better support - Dell lists virtually every drivers and updates you need for almost any operating systems including Linux.

Bottom line: This is an OK product if you are a casual user and intend to use it the way Compaq wants you to use. If you like using it the way you want to, don't buy this one (especially if you're concerned with reliability & compatibility issues).
The only thing I liked about this computer is the JBL speaker system, but I wish they had spent more money on other components such as mainboard and video card instead.
Oh and one more thing, this doesn't have on board microphone and infrared.. just letting you know.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great laptop for the money
I'm so pleased with this purchase. It's light, efficient, attractive, and easy to use. And as a side note, despite some criticisms, I find Windows XP intuitive and an easy fit, once I turned off the features I don't use, and that keep popping up on the screen! But all my old programs, with the exception of my printer driver, made the shift without a hitch.

4-0 out of 5 stars solid laptop
This laptop is excellent for the traveller. Battery life is above average, has enough expansion ports to almost replace a desktop. screen is bright and easy to look at, video performs well, and it works great with Windows XP Pro. I originally purchased this to replace my desktop and I think it was a good choice. It has the power, storage, and speed to keep up. The Duron 1 gig is the second generation Duron so it supports SSE and extended MMX and 3d!now extensions.. sweet!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Laptop for the Price
I recently purchased this laptop to use for presentations in classes I teach. THe s-video connector provides for better picture quality than the RCA connector on many of the comparable machines. As an OS junkie, I had to set it up to dual boot with Linux. Had a few problems at first with getting X server to work from Mandrake Linux 8.1, but as of yesterday, with the release of Mandrake 8.2, I now have Linux running with the XP Home. Great laptop. ... Read more


7. Compaq Presario X1480US Notebook PC (1.70 GHz Pentium M (Centrino), 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD+RW/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $2,386.00
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Asin: B0002H7AJK
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 297
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Amazon.com Product Description

Built for portability, the Compaq Presario X1480US notebook packs power and style into a light and handsome computer. Powered by a 1.7 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor with Hyper-Threading technology, and backed by 512 MB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive, it has everything you need to run multiple applications without sacrificing in performance or speed. The widescreen display makes it ideal for multimedia applications, and the 802.11b/g Wi-Fi support means that wherever you go, you'll be able to get online quickly and easily. A combo DVD+RW/CD-RW drive and ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9200 graphics card give you all the options you need for a truly multimedia computer.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 80 GB hard drive has ample room to store all your files, including digital audio, video, and photos.
  • Processor: With a 1.7 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor and 2 MB L2 cache, it can handle the toughest applications, even when running at the same time. Hyper-Threading Technology helps a PC run multiple applications at the same time, which enables the processor to execute two threads (a part of a program) in parallel, boosting performance. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking.
  • Memory: It has 512 MB DDR SDRAM and is upgradable to 1 GB.
  • CD/DVD Drive: The DVD+RW/CD-RW combo drive reads CDs at 40x, writes at 16x, rewrites at 10x, and can record to DVD media.
  • Keyboard & Mouse:
  • Display: The 15.4-inch WXGA high definition widescreen LCD has resolutions up to 1280 x 800, making it ideal for watching DVDs.

Sound and Graphics
A built-in ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9200 graphics card with 32 MB dedicated video memory turns this notebook into a gaming machine. The integrated JBL Pro Performance speakers mean you can listen to crystal clear and bright audio right out of the box, whether you're listening to CDs or watching DVDs.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
An integrated 10/100 Base-T ethernet allows for convenient networking, and Intel Pro/Wireless 2200 802.11b/g wireless LAN and Bluetooth support means you can get online quickly, easily, and without wires. Additionally, there is a Secure Digital and MultiMedia Card reader so you can share media with other people and devices. It also has the following external ports:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting to a wide range of peripherals, from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 parallel port for connecting to printers or cameras based on older technologies
  • 1 IEEE 1394 FireWire port to connect to digital video cameras or other peripherals
  • 1 notebook expansion port (Type I/Type II) for adding a variety of upgrades, including memory, modems, portable disk drives, and more
  • 1 VGA video out port to connect to an external monitor
  • 1 S-video out to connect your laptop to a television
  • 1 audio-out for headphones or speakers
  • 1 microphone-in jack

Preloaded System and Software
The Compaq Presario X1480US notebook is powered by Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition. Windows XP Home Edition is packed with multimedia features to help you get your creative juices flowing. Windows Media Player lets you burn and play CDs, in addition to playing and organizing digital audio files. Windows MovieMaker is a basic video editing tool that helps you capture and edit digital video to save your memories and share them with others.

It also comes bundled with Roxio Easy CD Creator Basic, InterVideo WinDVD, InterVideo WinDVD SE Player, HP Image Zone Plus photo and imaging software, Apple iTunes and Apple iTunes Music Store, Symantec Norton Antivirus (with 60 days complementary Live Update subscription), Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Money, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Encarta Plus, Quicken New Users Edition, AOL Dial-up, MSN Dial-up, Earthlink Dial-up, and SBC Yahoo!.

Dimensions and Weight
It weighs a light 6.5 pounds, and measures 14.0 x 10.0 x 1.24 inches (W x D x H).

What's in the Box
Presario X1480US notebook, 120 watt AC adapter, 8-cell Lithium-Ion battery, phone cord, user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more


8. Compaq Presario R4010US 15.4" Notebook PC (AMD Sempron 3200+, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
list price: $1,287.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0008F6SXA
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 78
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Amazon.com Product Description

Take your productivity to the next level wherever you roam with the Compaq Presario R4010US notebook PC. With a powerful AMD Sempron processor and large 15.4-inch screen, you'll be able to effortlessly multitask. It also features a strong ATI Radeon Xpress video/graphics card with 128 MB of dedicated video RAM--great for multimedia presentations. It has a Firewire port for connecting an iPod and video camcorders, dual-layer DVD-/+RW drive (which also burns CDs)--wlhich can burn up to 8.5 GB of data to compatible DVDs--and a multi-format memory card reader. The R4010US also offers a large 80 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, and 54g wireless connectivity with 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support. For a step up in price, the R4025US offers a more powerful AMD Athlon 64 processor and 1 GB of installed RAM.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 80 GB hard drive (4200 RPM) is a bit above average in size for notebook PCs, providing more than enough capacity for storing documents, digital media files, and productivity software.
  • Processor: A lower-end cousin to AMD's XP processor line, the 1.8 GHz AMD Sempron 3200+ found in this desktop is compatible in speed with Intel's 2.6 GHz Celeron processor. It's speedy enough for everyday computing needs and running office productivity software, but won't be quite enough for higher-end video editing or 3D gaming. This processor features AMD's Cool'n'Quiet Technology, which conserves power while also keeping the notebook's decibels to a minimum. It also features up to an 1800 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and a 256 KB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, DDR SDRAM) is a good start for power users, and it features a faster than average speed (333 MHz). It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 2 GB (2 x 1024 MB).
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the V2220US multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
The high-definition 15.4-inch WXGA BrightView widescreen display--with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution--has 18 percent more screen information than a 15-inch XGA, providing visibility of two applications side by side for greater productivity and multi-tasking. The BrightView feature provides a 20 percent brighter screen for better definition and 33 percent wider viewing angle for more accurate, off-center viewing when sharing files files. Video and graphics are powered by the ATI Radeon Xpress 200M, which provides 128 MB of dedicated video memory. It also has HP Premium audio and internal stereo speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The R4010US has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. The 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support will enable it to be ready for tomorrow's 125 Mbps wireless LANs. It also includes a next-generation ExpressCard 54/34 card slot, which lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features. You get a very good offering of connectivity options, which does include super-fast USB 2.0 and Firewire:

  • 4 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video port for connecting to a TV
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
  • 1 Expansion Port 2 connector
  • 6-in-1 Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Sticks, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, and XD Picture Cards
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton AntiVirus 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, MSN Encarta Plus, Sonic RecordNow, Apple iTunes, Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, Intervideo WinDVD, and MuVee Autoproducer.

Dimensions and Weight
This notebook measures 14.25 x 11.2 x 1.88 inches and weighs 7.85 pounds.

Power
It's powered by a 8-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 3 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the Compaq R4010US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty, 1-year technical phone support, and 30-day free software support. ... Read more


9. Compaq Presario 2145US Notebook PC (2.00-GHz Athlon XP-M 2400+, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Compaq
list price: $1,399.99
our price: $1,399.99
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Asin: B00008X3SF
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Compaq
Sales Rank: 612
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Amazon.com Product Description

As part of Compaq's ultra-affordable Presario 2100US series of mobile computers, the Presario 2145US is short of high-tech amenities such as wireless communication, DVD burning and world-class speed. It is, however, no slouch when it comes to commonplace tasks such as light to medium duty personal or business applications, general schoolwork, Internet browsing, and e-mail.

At the heart of the Presario 2145US is a 2.0 GHz AMD Athlon XP-M 2400+ processor. Compaq has complemented this cost effective CPU with a generous 512 MB DDR SDRAM system memory (expandable to 1024 MB) and an ATI Mobility Radeon 4X AGP graphics chipset with 64 MB shared (not dedicated) memory. As such, the unit is not the best choice for 3-D games, animation or drawing packages and high-complexity business apps. Sharing the data storage duties is a sizeable 60 GB hard disk and a DVD/CD-RW combo drive through which you can burn and play audio CDs, archive data and watch your favorite movies. In its stock setup, the system will not allow you to record to DVD media.

At 12.96 by 10.72 by 1.57 inches and 7.25 pounds, the Presario 2145US is slightly below average size and therefore comfortably portable. The unit is equipped with a large 15-inch display screen capable of crystal clear 1024x768 resolutions. Other features include two USB 1.1 ports for plug and play peripheral connections, an 88-key keyboard, a Touch Pad with on/off and dedicated up/down scroll surface, and a pair of internal stereo speakers. Communication connectivity options include a 56K modem for low-speed Internet and email access and a high-speed RJ-45 LAN connector. The computer doesn't come with a wireless communication option, or FireWire and USB 2.0 ports for fast data interaction with peripherals such as digital camcorders.

Pre-installed software includes Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Money 2003, Microsoft Works 6.0, and a variety of multimedia applications. ... Read more


10. Compaq Presario V2205US 14" Notebook PC (Intel Celeron M Processor 350 (Centrino), 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
list price: $1,162.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0008F6LUK
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 259
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Stay productive wherever you go with the Compaq V2205US notebook PC, featuring a battery sipping Intel Celeron M processor for up to three hours of battery life. Weighing only 5.2 pounds, it's perfect for home office professionals and students on the go. It features a widescreen 14-inch Brightview LCD that's easily viewable even in direct sunlight and built-in 54g wireless connectivity with 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support. This notebook also offers a 60 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, Firewire port for connecting an iPod and video camcorders, multi-format memory card reader, and a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive for viewing DVD movies and burning your own music mixes to CD. For a step up in price, the V2220US offers a more powerful Centrino Pentium M processor, 80 GB hard drive, and a dual layer DVD-/+RW drive.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 60 GB hard drive (4200 RPM) is becoming the average size for notebook PCs, providing enough capacity for storing documents, digital media files, and productivity software.
  • Processor: The Intel Celeron M processor is designed specifically for mobile computing, offering a balanced level of mobile-optimized processor technology, good mobile performance, and exceptional value. The 1.3 GHz speed resides in the middle of the spectrum for this processor (as of March, 2005). It also features a 400 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and large 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)
  • Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, DDR SDRAM, 266 MHz) is a good start for power users. It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 2 GB (2 x 1024 MB).
  • CD/DVD Drive: This notebook includes a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive, with 24x write/read and 10x rewrite speed for CDs and 8x read speed for DVDs.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
Despite measuring only 14 inches, this notebook's WXGA high-definition widescreen LCD displays 25 percent more screen information than a 15-inch screen. This glossy BrightView screen is also easily viewable in direct sunlight. Video is powered by the Intel Extreme Graphics 2 video card with 64 MB of shared video memory; it also features up to 256 MB of user-configurable dynamically allocated UMA video memory. It also features 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio and internal JBL Pro Performance speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The V2205US has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. The 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support will enable it to be ready for tomorrow's 125 Mbps wireless LANs. You get a decent offering of connectivity options, which does include super-fast USB 2.0 and Firewire:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video port for connecting to a TV
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
  • 1 notebook expansion port
  • 6-in-1 Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Sticks, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, and XD Picture Cards
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton AntiVirus 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, MSN Encarta Plus, Sonic RecordNow, Apple iTunes, Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, Intervideo WinDVD, and MuVee Autoproducer.

Dimensions and Weight
This highly portable notebook measures 13.5 x 9.1 x 1.29 inches and weighs 5.2 pounds.

Power
It's powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 3 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the Compaq V2205US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty, 1-year technical phone support, and 30-day free software support. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars College Notebook
This wasn't the exact notebook i was planning on getting, but some relatives pitched in and gave it to me as a graduation present. I was worried about the celeron processor, but i've been pleasantly surprised with the speed and portability of the system. It's a solid little machine thats going to work perfectly for a traveling college student. It doesn't play any real games that require a big video card, but then again, big PC games need to be played on a desktop, which I use in conjuntion with this notebook. I recommend it. 6-cell battery lasts around 1:40 mins, so i'm getting, and recommend getting the 12 cell, which is around $180.00, and will help in it's portability. The size and weight are fantastic, and it's one of the best looking notebooks i've seen, comparable and in some respects surpassing the Sony Vaio lineup. The intergrated wireless is also top rate. I pick up signals that other notebooks of similar cost can't. It's actually quite strong and reliable, and easy to use, which is always a plus. So, overall this is a stable notebook thats worth the money, which isn't that bad in comparison to other laptops out there. ... Read more


11. Compaq Presario 700US Notebook (900-MHz Duron, 256 MB RAM, 20 GB hard drive)
by Compaq

Asin: B00005QERS
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Compaq
Sales Rank: 442
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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The Presario 700US is a reasonably priced notebook designed to appeal tobusiness users. Featuring an AMD Duron chip clocked at 900 MHz, 256 MB of memory(expandable to 384 MB), a 20 GB hard disk, and an 8x DVD-ROM drive, this systemwill fulfill most portable PC needs. Also included are a 56K modem, a 10/100Mbps Ethernet NIC, and a 14.1-inch, active-matrix screen with 1024 x 768resolution. The installed operating system is Windows XP, Microsoft's newoperating system that combines the stability of Windows 2000 with better supportfor peripherals and games. This system is also easily portable, weighing in atjust 6.39 pounds with a height of 1.64 inches. ... Read more

Reviews (31)

2-0 out of 5 stars More added problems
I'm putting this review on several of the Compaq laptop systems since they are all from the same platform

1. The offer and rebates did not apply from Compaq, but only from an authorized reseller.

2. Right out of the box the 700z system had Driver errors and a bad modem. Corporate tech support sugested that I return it and buy another through a reseller.

3. They then took 2 months to clear up my account for financing after I returned the system but meanwhile I bought a newer system - a 705us.

4. The rebate went through and everything was working okay until the floppy drive went bad, which occured in four weeks. It never wrote to the hard drive and I couldn't copy to or from other disks onto any other computer.

5. I called tech support and they sent out a box for repair pickup and told me the turnaround would be 3-5 days. Well, it took over 4 weeks to get the system back.

6. The repair shop failed to recognize that the second system was mine and did not follow through with repairs even when all the proper paperwork was channeled through support on the phone. I also seemed to get tech swupport in India when I called during certain business hours, and they were not help at all!

7. I wish they could dumped the hard drive info on to a refurbished 2710 system that has a better track record. As it is I'll use this until I get the funds for another system.

My advice is to wait until they get the bugs worked out on this system. They don't even have a Docking station yet, but they'll tell you the part number to order the "phantom" station.

In their defense they have tried to compensate me by sending memory to update my system but they've sent the wrong memory twice!

I'm giving it 2 stars since it worked beautifully when it was up and running and the screen is clear and bright! Oh, the DVD player on my system works great and I've played it through my TV with no complaints!

Now the problem is the memory that was sent to me. The 256k chip freezes the system and I've tried to get it fixed but calling tech support only adds to the frustration.

1-0 out of 5 stars Same problems everyone else had
I had the same problems as everyone else. It runs so hot that it is uncomfortable to hold on your lap. The battery life is less than a year (two batteries died total). The hinge cracks appeared after about a year, and completely broke through after a few more months so the display is dangling...I also got a quote of $800 to repair although the LCD itself is fine.

A couple things of things that weren't mentioned in the other reviews....the PCMCIA slot had no guide initially so the pins bent after I inserted the wireless card a few times, and the power adapter quit working after 1.5 years. Tech support was worthless.

Overall, this product is a joke. Avoid it at all costs.

1-0 out of 5 stars waste of money
We also developed the small cracks at the hinge site. The whole thing is broken out now after only 1 1/2 years. ONLY solution would be to buy a whole new LCD screen for $800!!! Yeah right, buy the same cheap plastic POS. They do not stand behind their product and do not care we spent our hard earned money on what looks to be a disposable product. If cracks appear in the plastic around the hinges, take immediate action.

2-0 out of 5 stars Cracked hinge
I have had the same problem as described above, cracks develop above the hinges and eventually the screen falls off. It does not happen until the warranty is expired.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended
Well I dropped quite a bit of money on this thing with many enjoyable problems.

*Overheats!!! (You better have some fans handy)
*Battery life is short!!! (Expect to buy replacement batteries)
*Case cracks!!! (Expect to quickly get cracks and imperfections with normal use)
*S-video feature doesn't appear on screen correctly
*Compaq had to replace my hinges, they did it for free but only because it was still under warranty. If you are lucky yours will break early.
*Keyboard keys are cheap and flimsy and prone to breakage if you decide to clean underneath.
* If you want to run different OSes on your computer such as Linux this particular machine is not ideal, search around and find a better one.
* Don't even think about gaming with this, poor performance.

Basically after replacing the battery on this machine it becomes a decent machine for internet browsing, instant messaging, and word processing. That's really about it. I've done basic things in Fireworks, multitasking doesn't really lag this machine that much. It's a decent machine but has many problems. I will be giving this machine to my dad soon when I can afford a nice NON-Compaq/HP notebook. I really wish I had shopped around but when you have money in pocket and get excited you tend to make impulse buys. All well, lesson learned. ... Read more


12. Compaq Presario V2010US 14.0" Notebook PC (Celeron M 330 (Centrino), 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $1,412.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00064NXOU
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 105
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Amazon.com Product Description

Enjoy freedom of mobility with the lightweight Compaq Presario V2010US notebook PC, which weighs just 5.2 pounds and measures only 1.3 inches high. It features a built-in 54g wi-fi connection with SpeedBooster support of next-generation 125 Mbps wireless LANs. Other features include a 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron M processor, 512 MB of installed RAM, a 60 GB hard drive, 3 USB 2.0 and 1 Firewire port, 14-inch screen, and a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 60 GB hard drive is becoming the average size for notebook PCs, and it's a good size for storing a decent sized digital audio library as well as an office productivity suite.
  • Processor: The younger sibling to Intel's Centrino processor, the Celeron M processor is also closely related to its desktop and Mobile Celeron predecessors. The 1.4 GHz speed measurement is similar to the 2.0 GHz Mobile Celeron processor, which puts it in the middle of the speed spectrum for this processor class. It will aby execute tasks from productivity and multimedia applications, but it's not recommended for high-end video needs. Its M classification denotes its built-in power-saving technologies, so you'll get good battery performance while on the road.
  • Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, 266 MHz, DDR SDRAM) is becoming standard on notebooks and it's a good start for power users. It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 1 GB (2 x 512 MB).
  • CD/DVD Drive: The combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive can write and read CDs at 24x and rewrite at 10x speeds. It can read DVDs at 16x.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a standard 101-key keyboard and two-button touchpad with on/off button and dedictated vertical scroll up/down pad.
Sound and Graphics
The V2010US has a 14-inch TFT high-definition widescreen display with a resolution of up to 1280 x 768 pixels. It also features the integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 video/graphics card (with 8x AGP and 64 MB of shared video memory), and internal JBL Pro Performance stereo speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The V2010US has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. The 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support will enable it to be ready for tomorrow's 125 Mbps wireless LANs. You get a good offering of connectivity options, including super-fast USB 2.0 and Firewire:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 parallel port
  • 1 S-Video out
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition operating system, and it also features Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents). Other preloaded software includes Microsoft Money, Quicken New User Edition, Norton Antivirus 2004 (with 60-day LiveUpdate subscription), Adobe Acrobat Reader, Encarta Plus, HP Image Zone Plus, InterVideo WinDVD Creator,Sonic RecordNow, and Apple iTunes.

Dimensions and Weight
It measures 13.15 x 9.1 x 1.29 inches (L x W x H) and weighs just 5.2 pounds.

Power
It's powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides an average of battery life of around 1.5 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the Compaq Presario V2010US US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty. ... Read more


13. Compaq Presario R3320US 15.4" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $1,768.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062W34I
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 47
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Compaq Presario R3320US notebook PC blends the bold and the beautiful, with a powerful, hyper-threaded 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor and a widescreen 15.4-inch display that's perfect for both business presentations and watching DVD movies. It also features a 60 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, integrated 54g Wi-Fi connectivity, and a DVD+RW drive that can write both DVDs and CDs. For a step up in price, the R3340US has a 64-bit AMD Athlon 3200+ processor and an 80 GB hard drive.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 60 GB hard drive is becoming the average size for notebook PCs, enabling road warriors enough capacity for storing documents, digital media files, and productivity software.
  • Processor: The 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor offers Hyper-Threading technology that allows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking. It is well suited for professional-quality image, audio, and video editing. It also has A 1 MB L2 cache and an 800 MHz front-side bus (FSB).
  • Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, PC2700 DDR SDRAM) is becoming standard on notebooks and it's a good start for power users. It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 1.2 GB. One memory slot is occupied with 256 MB of non-removeable RAM.
  • CD/DVD Drive: It is equipped with a combo DVD+/-RW and CD-RW drive. For DVD-RW discs, it has a 1x write/rewrite speed, while for DVD+RW discs it has a 2x write/rewrite speed (DVDs are read at 5x). For CDs, it has a 16x write/8x rewrite/24x read speed.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a standard 101-key keyboard and two-button touchpad with on/off button and dedictated vertical scroll up/down pad.
Sound and Graphics
The R3320US has a 15.4-inch widescreen TFT display with a native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 video graphics card is a relatively strong renderer of 3D graphics. Combined with the hyper-threaded Pentium 4 processor, this notebook will handle graphically strong games nicely. It has 128 MB of shared memory (taken from the main system). It also features 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio and JBL Pro Performance stereo speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
This R3320US model has an integrated 802.11g wireless LAN (which is compatible with the more widespread 802.11b and offers faster data transmission rates). You get a basic offering of connectivity options, which does include super-fast USB 2.0:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 parallel port
  • 1 S-Video out
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems). It also has a hot-swappable bay for adding an optional optical drive or second battery.

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition operating system, and it also features Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents). Other preloaded software includes Microsoft Money, Quicken New User Edition, Norton Antivirus 2004 (with 60-day LiveUpdate subscription), Adobe Acrobat Reader, Encarta Plus, HP Image Zone Plus, InterVideo WinDVD Creator,Sonic RecordNow, and Apple iTunes.

Dimensions and Weight
At 14.25 x 10.96 x 1.8 inches and 7.8 pounds, the R3310US is a bit larger in size compared to other notebooks in its class.

Power
It's powered by a 8-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides an average of battery life of around 2 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the Compaq Presario R3320US US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty. ... Read more


14. Compaq Presario X6110US Notebook PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 530 (H-T), 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD-RW Drive)
list price: $1,891.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007TZNA6
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 18
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Replace your desktop PC with a notebook that rivals it in power. The Compaq Presario X6110US notebook PC offers an extra-large 17-inch display, ATI Mobility Radeon X600 video card with 128 MB of dedicated memory, and a fast, hyper-threaded 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor. But it's also ready to hit the road with built-in 54g wireless connectivity with 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support. The X6110US also features an 80 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, ExpressCard/54 slot, and multi-format memory card reader.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 80 GB hard drive (4200 RPM) is a bit above average in size for notebook PCs. It offers more than enough capacity for storing documents and productivity software for road warriors. You'll also be able to store a good-sized digital audio library.
  • Processor: The hyper-threaded Intel Pentium 4 530 processor (3.0 GHz) allows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system, helping to deliver faster transistors and increased performance. It also features a blazingly fast 800 MHz front-side bus speed, which measures how fast a processor and the main memory communicate, and a 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)

    A Hyper-Threading processor helps a PC to run multiple demanding applications at the same time. This technology enables the processor to execute two threads (a part of a program) in parallel, boosting performance during key high-drain procedures. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking.

  • Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, DDR SDRAM, 266 MHz) is a good start for power users. It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 2 GB (2 x 1024 MB).
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the X6110US multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
The high-definition 17-inch WXGA+ widescreen display--with 1440 x 900-pixel resolution--allows you to view more information while also displaying other applications, toolbars, and pull-down menus without overlapping. You'll get 65 percent more screen information on this screen than on a standard 15-inch XGA display. Video and graphics are powered by the high-end ATI Mobility Radeon X600 video card, which features 128 MB of dedicated memory and the ability to X600 SE is a high-end video card, powerful enough to run one large virtual screen across two displays. It also brings 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio and internal JBL Pro speakers to the party.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The X6110US has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. The 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support will enable it to be ready for tomorrow's 125 Mbps wireless LANs. It also includes a next-generation ExpressCard 54/34 card slot, which lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features. You get a decent offering of connectivity options, which does include super-fast USB 2.0 and Firewire:

  • 4 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video port for connecting to a TV
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 ExpressCard/54 slot
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
  • 6-in-1 Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Sticks, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia and xD Picture cards
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton Internet Security 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, Sonic RecordNow, Apple iTunes, Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, Intervideo WinDVD, MuVee Autoproducer, and MSN Encarta Plus.

Dimensions and Weight
A good choice for a desktop replacement that can also be mobile, this notebook measures 11.14 x 15.67 x 2 inches (LxWxD) and weighs 9.4 pounds.

Power
It's powered by a 12-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 3 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the X6110US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty and 30-day free software support. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Regarding heat sink problem.
I don't own this notebook but I own a presario 1525 model.
The reason I'm writing this review is to help those people getting inflicted by heatsink problem, which causes an sudden computer shutdown.
In my case, my presari 1525 had worked quite well for about 8 months and then I started getting system shutdown problem especially when I performed CPU intensive works like computer games, large file compression, etc. After quite a while, I found out heatsink was causing the problem so I disassembled the notebook and what I found out was a lot of dirst inside the heatsink and that was the cause of all the troubles. So I cleaned it and the problem is gone now. Now I can play games all day long and the computer never goes down.

I guess you should clean the heatsink every 6 months and all you need is T8 torx driver and thermal grease, which totally cost less than $10.

Extrapolating the quality of X6110US model with my past experience with 1525 model, I guess the new model still has the heatsink problem and since newer P4 CPU produces more heat, it's more likely to have heatsink problem. Except that, since I didn't have any problem at all with 1525 US model, I'd recommend this notebook to everybody who is willing to open up the case and clean the heatsink every 6 months.

And take a look at the spec of this notebook, it's fantastic.

1-0 out of 5 stars I cannot stress this enough...
do NOT get a Compaq laptop. If you are looking for a laptop of quality that will last you more than six months, stay away from this one. As another review stated, Compaq is plagued with quality issues, while most people still think it's one of the best brands out there. There were so many little things that went wrong, I could fill up this review with them, but I want to focus on the worst, most expensive, and most common issue. It's one that Compaq is fully aware of, but refuses to change. It would cost them a measly few cents to upgrade this part, but again, they refuse. To put it simply, the jack in the back of the computer broke. That means the notebook WILL NOT charge anymore without me standing there holding it and wiggling it around every few minutes. If you look at pictures of the jack, it is a cheap, thin piece of flimsy plastic. Another thing you would notice is that you can purchase this piece of plastic for five dollars on Ebay. However, Compaq doesn't cover this extremely common issue under their warantee and charges $600 to fix it, even if you have the replacement part already. I spent $950 on the laptop itself. I can't find a computer repair shop that is willing to get inside of the computer and fix it either, because so few repairmen work with laptops due to their fragile state. This piece must be soldered in, after following seemingly hundreds of steps to take it apart.

The laptop has also started shutting down at random moments. I can no longer do school work, write lengthy emails, or begin any downloads on this notebook, because of it's random shutdowns. This review had to be typed in Word and saved every minute. These are not just shutdowns, mind you, they are periods when the computer just stops. It takes a few minutes to even get it to turn on again. This happens because I have to have the battery in it constantly due to it's faulty charger and the battery is being literally sucked dry.

PLEASE do NOT buy this computer. If you research a little, you will see how very common this issue is! You will spend much more money on this laptop than you are probably looking to spend, no matter what your actual buying cost is. After many recommendations, I have decided the next computer I buy (whenever I can scrape together the cash), will be a Dell. My brother (a computer junkie) highly recommends their customer service. They believe in actually fixing problems their customers have. I wish I'd known that before I bought this piece of junk.

If you do not or did not have this problem with a Compaq notebook, you are/were one of the lucky ones. The rest of us are out a thousand bucks.

2-0 out of 5 stars Stylish and good feature set, but poor quality
The new Compaq Presario X6110US laptop is HP's attempt at injecting some consumer-friendly features into Compaq's traditional business-oriented product lines.The laptop has clean, sharp edges which give it a stylish look open or closed.It's well-equipped and performance is snappy.The screen is quite good, especially considering how past Compaq laptops had subpar LCD screens.

The big question, however, is quality.I fondly remember the old days, about 15 years ago, when the name Compaq was equated with performance, quality and value (value as in great bang for the buck, not in "cheap").Unfortunately today's Compaq desktops and laptops are plagued with quality problems.I had my X6110US for two weeks and on two occasions the machine would not boot.The backslash (\) key decided to take early retirement after a week.I've heard from a friend in the retail channel that recent Compaq laptops seem to suffer from some serious quality control problems.You might want to keep this issue in mind when you shop.To be clear: I didn't pay for the X6110US I had.If I had to pay for a new laptop with my own money, I'd have sprung for a Sony or Fujitsu in no time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent notebook!
I cannot say enough good things about this item.

Actually, I can't say anything at all about it. Amazon listed it (through Office Depot) for the low, low price of $549. Sometime after issuing me an order confirmation and billing my credit card, it became apparent that either Office Depot or Amazon had made a mistake, the upshot of which was that I was about to be shipped a wholly different (and unacceptable) item from Office Depot. Only through my own obsessive tracking of the shipment status did I figure out what happened; neither vendor notified me of the problem. (Did they think I wouldn't notice that my Compaq notebook had morphed into an HP desktop?)

What did Office Depot do? Blamed it on Amazon. Amazon, likewise, blamed Office Depot. Neither is willing to make good--or make anything even resembling a goodwill gesture. (One cranky Amazon customer service rep offered me free shipping on the item--which is already offered on the Web site.)

This is where Amazon and I part company. It's been a good run, but it's over!

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15. Compaq Presario V2110US 14.0" Notebook PC (Intel Celeron M Processor 350, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $1,350.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006ZM8IQ
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
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Amazon.com Product Description

Take your computing life with you wherever you roam with the Compaq Presario V2110US, designed for the budget-minded mobile professional. Featuring a cool, modern metallic design, the V2110US weighs only 5.25 pounds and is as thin as 1.29 inches. It's powered by a power-saving 1.3 GHz Intel Celeron M processor, and also offers a 40 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, a 14-inch LCD, DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive, and 54g wireless connectivity. For a more powerful Pentium M processor, 60 GB hard drive, DVD+/-RW burner, and Firewire capability, see the Compaq V2140US.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 40 GB IDE hard drive (4200 RPM) is on the small side compared to other notebooks. However, it does offer a decent enough capacity for storing documents and productivity software for road warriors--but not enough for much multimedia storage.
  • Processor: The Intel Celeron M processor is designed specifically for mobile computing, offering a balanced level of mobile-optimized processor technology, good mobile performance, and exceptional value. It features a Deep Sleep state, which helps enable longer battery life by minimizing the power consumption of the processor during brief periods of inactivity. The 1.3 GHz speed is at the middle of the speed spectrum for this processor, and it also offers a 400 MHz front-side bus (FSB) speed and a 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)
  • Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, DDR SDRAM) is a good start for power users, though it is a little slower (266 MHz) than RAM found in comparable laptops. It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 2 GB (2 x 1024 MB), and you'll want to maximize the RAM within your budget to take advantage of today's memory-intensive business productivity software.
  • CD/DVD Drive: The combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive can read CDs at 40x, write at 16x,and rewrite at 10x speeds. It can read DVDs at 8x.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a full-sized 101-key keyboard and touchpad with four-way scroll zone on/off button and dedictated vertical scroll up/down pad.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
The 14-inch BrightView WXGA high-definition widescreen display has a 15:9 aspect ratio and 1280 x 768-pixel resolution, providing 25% more screen information and the same widescreen film picture size as a standard 15-inch XGA screen. You'll get TV-quality images, even in direct sunlight. It also features the integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2 video/graphics card (with 64 MB of shared video memory), 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio, and internal JBL Pro speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The V2110US has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g networks. You get a limited offering of connectivity options, but it does include super-fast USB 2.0:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack
  • 1 microphone jack
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Gigabit Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Symantec Norton Antivirus 2005 (with 60 days of LiveUpdate), Adobe Acrobat Reader, Sonic RecordNow, InterVideo WinDVD, InterVideo Home Theater, Apple iTunes and Apple iTunes Music Store, Adobe PhotoShop Album STE, Muvee autoProducer, Microsoft Money, MSN Encarta Plus, and Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition (60 Day Trial Version).

Dimensions and Weight
This lightweight notebook is easily portable at just 5.25 pounds. It measures 13.15 x 9.1 x 1.29 inches (LxWxH)Power
This notebook is powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which offers up to 3 hours of battery life (dependent upon computing conditions).

What's in the Box
This package contains the V2110US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty and 30-day free software support. ... Read more


16. Compaq Presario R3440US 15.4" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor (Hyper-Threading), 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $1,725.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006ZSOHK
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
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Amazon.com Product Description

Take your productivity to the next level with the Compaq Presario R3440US notebook PC. It features one of the fastest processors available in a notebook--the hyperthreaded 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4--and comes with 54g wireless connectivity featuring SpeedBooster support. It's packed with power from port to port, offering an 80 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, 15.4-inch widescreen display, a DVD+/-RW and CD-RW combo drive, S-Video out connection for displaying through a TV, and Firewire capability for downloading footage from a digital video camcorder. For a 100 GB hard drive and 1024 MB of RAM, check out the Compaq R3470US.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 80 GB hard drive (4200 RPM) is one of the larger sizes you'll find in a notebook, and it's befitting of such an entertainment-centric PC. It offers more than enough capacity for storing documents and productivity software for road warriors. You'll also be able to store a good-sized digital audio library.
  • Processor: The hyper-threaded Intel Pentium 4 processor (3.0 GHz) allows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system, helping to deliver faster transistors and increased performance. It also features a 1 MB L2 cache and a blazingly fast 800 MHz front-side bus speed

    A Hyper-Threading processor helps a PC to run multiple demanding applications at the same time. This technology enables the processor to execute two threads (a part of a program) in parallel, boosting performance during key high-drain procedures. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking.

  • Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, DDR SDRAM) is a good start for power users, and it offers a faster than average RAM speed (333 MHz). It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 1280 MB (1 x 1024 MB, 1 x 256 MB), which is a smaller maximum than other comparable business laptops.
  • CD/DVD Drive: The combo DVD+/-RW and CD-RW drive is compatible with a wide variety disc formats, including DVD+, DVD-, VCD, and SVCD discs. For DVD-RW discs, it has a 1x write/rewrite speed, while for DVD+RW discs it has a 2x write/rewrite speed (DVDs are read at 5x). For CDs, it has a 16x write/10x rewrite/40x read speed.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a full-sized 101-key keyboard and touchpad with four-way scroll zone on/off button and dedictated vertical scroll up/down pad.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
The ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP video/graphics card delivers strong 3D graphics and video playback and it shares 128 MB of DDR video RAM. The 15.4-inch WXGA high-definition BrightView widescreen display has a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. It provides a 20% brighter screen for better definition and 33% wider viewing angle for more accurate, off-center viewing when sharing files with co-workers and clients. The integrated audio card offers 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio through the internal JBL Pro speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The R3440US has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g networks. The 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support will enable it to be ready for tomorrow's 125 Mbps wireless LANs. You get a good offering of connectivity options, including both USB 2.0 and Firewire:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video out
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 parallel port
  • 1 headphone jack
  • 1 microphone jack
  • Multiformat memory card reader, compatible with Secure Digital (SD), MultiMedia (MMC), Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, and XD cards
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Gigabit Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Symantec Norton Antivirus 2005 (with 60 days of LiveUpdate), Adobe Acrobat Reader, Sonic RecordNow, InterVideo WinDVD, InterVideo Home Theater, Apple iTunes and Apple iTunes Music Store, Adobe PhotoShop Album STE, Muvee autoProducer, Microsoft Money, MSN Encarta Plus, and Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition (60 Day Trial Version).

Dimensions and Weight
Best used as a replacement for your desktop PC, the R3440US weighs 7.8 pounds. It measures 11.18 x 14.25 x 1.8 inches (LxWxH).

Power
This notebook is powered by a 8-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which offers an average of 2 hours of battery life (dependent upon computing conditions).

What's in the Box
This package contains the R3440US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty and 30-day free software support. ... Read more


17. Compaq Presario 900US Notebook (1.47-GHz Athlon XP 1700+, 256 MB RAM,30 GB hard drive)
by Compaq

Asin: B000068ZU0
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Compaq
Sales Rank: 572
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compaq's Presario 900US notebook PC makes no compromises. This super-fast system includes a huge 15-inch display, a DVD/CD-RW drive, and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) support so you can edit your own movies. All of this power comes at a surprisingly low price, making it ideal for families and students who want advanced features but don't want to break the bank.

Measuring 1.5 by 12.8 by 10.6 inches and weighing 6.69 pounds, this Presario is relatively light for a notebook that sports such a large TFT screen and includes a built-in floppy drive. ATI's Mobility Radeon drives the display at 1,024 x 768 resolution, offering enough graphics horsepower for the latest 3-D games. The 900US also includes video-out so you can play games, do presentations, or watch DVDs on your TV, and a VGA connector supporting a desktop monitor at resolutions up to 1,600 x 1,200.

AMD's Mobile Athlon 1700+ (1.47 GHz) processor and 256 MB of DDR SDRAM give this system enough speed to handle any application, from word processing to video conferencing to video editing. The DVD/CD-RW combo drive lets you play DVD movies and burn your own CDs, and integrated JBL Pro Audio speakers with Bass Reflex deliver high-quality stereo sound for watching movies or listening to music. The large 30 GB hard drive offers plenty of space for storing video, music, or applications.

The Presario offers every type of connectivity you'll need, including a FireWire port for connecting to DV video cameras and external drives. Combined with a compatible video camera, this turns the Presario into a video editing workstation. In addition, the system includes a 10/100 Ethernet adapter, a 56K modem, two USB ports, a parallel port, and a high-speed infrared port.

The system's keyboard section features a standard 88-key layout and a touch pad for cursor control. Pre-installed software includes Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Works 6.0, Microsoft Money 2001, a one-year subscription to the Encarta Online Encyclopedia, Roxio's EZ CD Creator, and Norton AntiVirus 2002. ... Read more

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is one awesome notebook
You can't argue with 3 hours of battery life, an awesome AMD processor, DDR RAM, Radeon Graphics (shared memory 16/32/64MB user-selectable), JBL speakers, a 15" screen, a DVD/CD-RW drive, and the wireless multiport.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfied with the Compaq 900US!
My desktop PC was too outdated, so I decided that it was time for a new computer. Since I'm a student and on the brink of going to college next year, I decided that my best bet would be a mobile, notebook. Like most computer users, I sought various sources of opinions before settling on the best one. Why COMPAQ? My old desktop was a HP Pavillion and it included tons of software. However, most were never used and my HP Pavillion was "preset" to a certain look, such as the way in which all the programs under Start up are labeled and grouped. I think Compaqs are less "customized" to a certain look, you know what I mean? Its simplicity allows you to customize it to your taste without having the need to delete excess junk.

Well, I considered several Compaq models... the 732US, 725US, and the 900US. I chose the 900US, because there is more GB, considerably faster, and a larger 15" screen. Although it is not that light, the size is alright and absolutely manageable. I'm not going into the specifics, because I believe that has already been said.

Overall, I am VERY satisfied with this notebook. It has almost everything I need and the price was economical. Although the software selections weren't great, Microsoft Works 6.0 is adequate for all my lab write-ups, essays, spreadsheets, graphs, tables, and all those extra fun stuff. Besides, this laptop is expandable and upgradable! This is great selection for any home user, college student, and typical office user. I believe it consists of all you need as far as workability is concerned. I believe this notebook will suffice to provide for the typical gamer. Initial setup was a breeze and Windows XP is easy and fun.

I am able to transfer images from my desktop, edit images, and more. A serious digital artist may need a better screen though. Nevertheless, IT IS 15" and the 1024X768 is awesome... perfect. The screen is clear, nice, and bright. The sound is great with CD's AND DVD's, but music from the internet, AOL radio specifically, can be sketchy at times... probably due to my internet connection though. By the way, DVDs play GREAT!

This notebook is fast, slick, economical, and it fulfills all that I need in a computer. I'm very satisfied with this purchase. I love using it :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you need
This Compaq has all the hardware you need plus the speed. You can always add software (Compaq is frugal with the software). Yes, the cd drive gets hot...all the notebooks my friends have do also.Not a problem. Your battery time will vary depending on what your doing. Cd burning sucks the battery down fast...
The screen is just fine. It seems that to get the u or s screen you have to $pend alot or trade down in RAM.
It is heavy with the battery installed. You get ALL the ports you could need incld.I'm very Happy with my Compaq 900US...you will be too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Compaq notebook that's fast and affordable!
I just bought my Compaq 900US two days ago and it was worth the wait. I waited months for Compaq to come up with a fast and affordable laptop other than the 700 series notebooks that are limited to 384 megs of RAM and 133 speed. I am extremely impressed with the performance, battery life, options, and accessories. The price is perfect too.
I compared this to the Compaq 1505US, and found them to only have a couple of things different and saved a couple of hundred with the 900US. AMD has always kept their promise with their processors and they sold me when I compared the Athlon with the pentium. AMD is less expensive and I only wish people like myself would break away from the pentium loyalty. You can't go wrong with this one. I'm sure this could replace mostly any desktop out there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Overall a good buy
I've just got my Compaq 900US notebook a few days ago and I am pleased with it. I've been unable to find any good reviews on the system; hopefully this will help future purchasers.

The system comes equipped with an Athlon XP 1700+(1.47Ghz and a 266Mhz FSB), 256 MB PC-2100 DDR Ram, ATI IGP320M chipset and integrated graphics, a 30GB 4200 RPM ATA 100 hard drive, and DVD(x8)/CDRW(8/8/24) combo drive and a 15" TFT screen (1024x768 max resolution).

What I like: The screen is large and bright, though in my opinion not as good as a high quality CRT. The graphics capabilities are average and will be enough for a person who wants to play the latest games at lower resolutions and detail settings. I was able to run Jedi Knight II at 800x600 with high quality and Return to Castle Wolfenstein at 640x480 with medium detail settings. I've also done some benchmarking using 3dMark 2001. The scores at the default setting were around 2600. I haven't noticed any ghosting, which can occur when images on the screen move very fast. The sound is fairly loud and sounds good on DVDs and MP3s or music Cds. The notebook runs MS office apps with ease and all programs start almost instantly. Also, I've hooked it up to my TV with an s-video cable and an audio cable and watched a few DVDs without any problems. In addition, the battery life is outstanding going over 3 hours if you do basic tasks like typing. It also lasts for over two hours if you watch movies or play games. On average, I would say it lasts just over 2.5 hours. That is better than most P4 based notebooks, especially the ones using desktop CPUs. Finally the system comes with a mail in form for a free wireless card to connect to the Internet. You only have to pay shipping and handling plus tax on the shipping.

What I don't like: The system can run hot near the memory, especially when the CPU runs at its full speed. It never gets to the point where it will burn you though. Don't believe this is only an athlon problem, because I've used a P3 1 GHz Compaq Armada 500 notebook that ran as hot, if not hotter. If you set the power settings to "max battery" the system clocks itself down substantially and the system runs cool. The speakers can also crackle or get distorted when a music file or game with a lot of bass is playing. This does not happen often and is not really a huge problem. Another thing I don't like is the preinstalled software. The system comes with MS works and a load of other useless apps like AOL and CompuServe. I just uninstalled all of the apps I didn't want. In addition, the system is a bit heavy, but lighter than many "desktop replacements" like the Dell 8200. Also, I would have liked to have seen USB 2.0 ports, but a simple add on card ... could fix the problem. It does have a fire wire port though. Finally, the documentation is not very good, though a CD-rom with more detailed instructions is included. If you know nothing about computers you should still be able to figure things out. For people like me, with more expertise than the typical user, I would liked to have had more detailed specs and information.

Summary: I would recommend this system to anyone who wants good performance for a low price. If you like to play games don't expect the performance of a Geforce 4, or even 3, but some gaming is possible. What kept this system from getting 5 stars was the documentation, extra software, and average game performace. This system can do and MS office apps, plays DVD movies, and burn cds (with Adaptec Easy CD creator). If you need a notebook for college, a desktop replacement (if you don't want to run Quake 3 at 300 FPS), or just a system to travel with, the 900US is a great buy. ... Read more


18. Compaq Presario R3230US Notebook PC (2.80 GHz Pentium 4, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $1,662.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002G6W7M
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 235
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Amazon.com Product Description

A true powerhouse in a portable package, the Compaq Presario R3230US notebook is powered by a 2.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor and has all the amenities you need to take everything with you on the road. A 60 GB hard drive and 512 MB RAM help you store files and run multiple applications efficiently, and the DVD/CD-RW combo drive means you can perform a variety of application like backing up files on CD media, making audio mix CDs, accessing CD- or DVD-ROMs, or watching DVD movies on the 15.0-inch LCD screen. It also features a built-in ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000 IGP graphics card and integrated JBL Pro Performance speakers to take care of your multimedia needs.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 60 GB hard drive has ample room to store all your files, including digital audio, video, and photos.
  • Processor: The 2.80 GHz Pentium 4 processor can handle the toughest applications and has a 512 KB L2 cache.
  • Memory: It has 512 MB DDR SDRAM to help you multitask with ease and is upgradable to 1.25 GB.
  • CD/DVD Drive: The DVD/CD-RW combo drive reads CDs at 40x, writes at 16x, and rewrites at 10x. It can also read DVD-ROMs at 16x.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: It has a 101-key compatible keyboard and touch pad.
  • Display: The 15.0-inch XGA LCD has resolutions up to 1024 x 768.

Sound and Graphics
A built-in ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000 IGP graphics card with 128 MB video memory turns this notebook into a gaming machine. The integrated JBL Pro Performance speakers mean you can listen to crystal clear and bright audio right out of the box, whether you're listening to CDs or watching DVDs.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
An integrated 10/100 Base-T ethernet allows for convenient networking, and 54g 802.11b/g wireless LAN means you can get online quickly, easily, and without wires. It also has the following external ports:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting to a wide range of peripherals, from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 parallel port for connecting to printers or cameras based on older technologies
  • 1 notebook expansion port (Type I/Type II) for adding a variety of upgrades, including memory, modems, portable disk drives, and more
  • 1 VGA video out port to connect to an external monitor
  • 1 S-video out to connect your laptop to a television
  • 1 audio out for headphones or speakers
  • 1 microphone in port

Preloaded System and Software
The Compaq Presario R3230US notebook is powered by Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition. Windows XP Home Edition is packed with multimedia features to help you get your creative juices flowing. Windows Media Player lets you burn and play CDs, in addition to playing and organizing digital audio files. Windows MovieMaker is a basic video editing tool that helps you capture and edit digital video to save your memories and share them with others.

It also comes bundled with Symantec Norton Antivirus (with a complementary 60 days Live Update subscription), Adobe Acrobat Reader, RecordNow, InterVideo WinDVD, Apple iTunes and Apple iTunes Music Store, Adobe PhotoShop Album Suite, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Money, Microsoft Encarta Plus, and Intuit Quicken New User Edition.

Dimensions and Weight
It weighs 7.8 pounds and measures 14.25 x 11.0 x 1.8 inches (W x D x H).

What's in the Box
Presario R3230US notebook,120 watt AC adapter, 8-cell Lithium-Ion battery, phone cord, user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more


19. Compaq Presario R3340USNotebook PC (AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3200+ with PowerNow! Technology, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $1,829.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062WNRK
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 73
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Compaq Presario R3340US notebook PC blends the bold and the beautiful, with a powerful, 64-bit 2.0 GHz AMD Athlon 3200+ processor and a widescreen 15.4-inch display that's perfect for both business presentations and watching DVD movies. It also features a 60 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, integrated 54g Wi-Fi connectivity, and a DVD+RW drive that can write both DVDs and CDs.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 80 GB hard drive is larger than the average notebook's, enabling road warriors more than enough capacity for storing documents, digital media files, and productivity software.
  • Processor: The AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor is built for tomorrow, with support for 64-bit compatible applications. It offers high performance that's well suited for multimedia and gaming. It also has A 1 MB L2 cache and an 800 MHz front-side bus (FSB).
  • Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, PC2700 DDR SDRAM) is becoming standard on notebooks and it's a good start for power users. It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 1.2 GB. One memory slot is occupied with 256 MB of non-removeable RAM.
  • CD/DVD Drive: It is equipped with a combo DVD+/-RW and CD-RW drive. For DVD-RW discs, it has a 1x write/rewrite speed, while for DVD+RW discs it has a 2x write/rewrite speed (DVDs are read at 5x). For CDs, it has a 16x write/8x rewrite/24x read speed.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a standard 101-key keyboard and two-button touchpad with on/off button and dedictated vertical scroll up/down pad.
Sound and Graphics
The R3340US has a 15.4-inch widescreen TFT display with a native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The Nvidia GeForce 420 Go video graphics card offers good 3D performance and the ability to drive an external monitor and the notebook's native display simultaneously. It has 64 MB of DDR memory. It also features 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio and JBL Pro Performance stereo speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
This R3340US model has an integrated 802.11g wireless LAN (which is compatible with the more widespread 802.11b and offers faster data transmission rates). You get a basic offering of connectivity options, which does include super-fast USB 2.0:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 parallel port
  • 1 S-Video out
  • 5-in-1 memory card reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, and SmartMedia)
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems). It also has a hot-swappable bay for adding an optional optical drive or second battery.

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition operating system, and it also features Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents). Other preloaded software includes Microsoft Money, Quicken New User Edition, Norton Antivirus 2004 (with 60-day LiveUpdate subscription), Adobe Acrobat Reader, Encarta Plus, HP Image Zone Plus, InterVideo WinDVD Creator,Sonic RecordNow, and Apple iTunes.

Dimensions and Weight
At 14.25 x 10.96 x 1.8 inches and 7.8 pounds, the R3310US is a bit larger in size compared to other notebooks in its class.

Power
It's powered by a 12-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides an average of battery life of around 2 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the Compaq Presario R3340US US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty. ... Read more


20. Compaq Presario R3425US Notebook PC (AMD Athlon XP 3000+, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
list price: $1,412.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00078MCLU
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 433
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Compaq Presario R3425US satisfies your need for speed without breaking the bank. You'll stay productive with the battery-sipping AMD Athlon XP-M processor and built-in 54g wireless connectivity with 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support. Presentations--and movies--will look great thanks to the large 15.4-inch display. This notebook also features a 60 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, and a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. For a step up in price, the R3430US offers an Intel Pentium 4 processor, video card with 128 MB of dedicated memory, and a DVD-/+RW drive.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 60 GB hard drive (4200 RPM) is becoming the average size for notebook PCs, enabling road warriors enough capacity for storing documents, digital media files, and productivity software.
  • Processor: AMD's Athlon XP-M 3000+ (1.6 GHz) is powerful enough to ably run demanding business and multimedia applications. And with AMD's low-voltage PowerNow technology, you'll experience extended battery life for more productivity when out and about. The front-side bus (FSB), which measures how fast a processor and the main memory communicate, provides up to 1600 MHz speed. It also has a 256 KB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)
  • Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, DDR SDRAM) is a good start for power users, and it offers a faster than average RAM speed (333 MHz). It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 1280 MB (1 x 1024 MB, 1 x 256 MB), which is a smaller maximum than other comparable business laptops.
  • CD/DVD Drive: This desktop includes a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive, with 24x write/read and 10x rewrite speed for CDs and 8x read speed for DVDs.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
The high-definition 15.4-inch WXGA BrightView widescreen display--with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution--has 30 percent more screen information than a 15-inch XGA, providing visibility of two applications side by side for greater productivity and multi-tasking. The BrightView feature provides a 20 percent brighter screen for better definition and 33 percent wider viewing angle for more accurate, off-center viewing when sharing files files with co-workers and clients. Video is powered by an nVIDIA GeForce 4 420 Go graphics processor with 32 MB dedicated video memory. The JBL Pro Performance speakers support sharp sound effects for presentations and great audio quality for DVDs and music.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
The R3425US has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. The 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support will enable it to be ready for tomorrow's 125 Mbps wireless LANs. You get a basic offering of connectivity options, which does include super-fast USB 2.0:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 Parallel SPP/ECP standard interface
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video port for connecting to a TV
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
  • 1 notebook expansion port
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton Internet Security 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, Sonic RecordNow, Apple iTunes, Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, Intervideo WinDVD, MuVee Autoproducer, and MSN Encarta Plus.

Dimensions and Weight
This notebook measures 11.18 x 14.25 x 1.8 inches and weighs 7.8 pounds.

Power
It's powered by a 8-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 3 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the R3425US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limiited hardware warranty and 30-day free software support. ... Read more


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