Friday, December 16, 2005

HP Compaq Presario V2000Z notebook computer

It's unattractive and its battery life isn't much to laud, but otherwise the V2000Z is a lot of notebook for little money. Available with a midrange AMD Turion processor or a budget-priced Sempron, it packs a surprising amount of RAM, decent hard drive capacity, and plenty of power for most computing tasks that don't involve gaming, graphic design or defeating high-ranked chess masters.

Weighing in at a relatively light 5.4 pounds, the V2000Z features a 14-inch BrightView display that's crisp and, well, bright. With its DVD/CD-RW combo drive, it lets you watch movies with decent performance, but don't expect to do much with 3-D graphics despite its ATI Mobility Radeon GPU. Also, you'll probably want the enhanced battery, available for around $25, to get almost five hours of battery life; the standard included battery doesn't quite make it to two and a half hours.

What this notebook has in spades is ports; that is, it sports ports. With three USB ports, a FireWire port, and an S-Video port for piping hot TV display, you'd think it would be happy, but HP also threw in a 6-in-1 card reader that deals with SD, MMC, XD, and other initials.


MS Windows XP Home, Mobile AMD Turion 64 ML-34 1.8 GHz, 512MB DDRRAM, 60GB HardDrive, Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon XPRESS 200, DVD-ROM/CD-RW, Wireless: 802.11g , 14.1" wwidescreen display, weight 5.4lbs.

Customer Review:
There are a few things you need to understand about the Compaq Presario V2000Z in order to appreciate its value. The V2000Z comes in two flavors: One can be configured with a Sempron processor, which is typically found in budget laptops, and the other with a Turion processor, which is typically seen in midrange models. As recently as three months ago, any laptop in HP's line that integrated a Sempron processor cost less than $1,000 and was part of the value segment, and any notebook with the more powerful Turion processor was more expensive. Today, you can get the more powerful V2000Z Turion model for less than $1,000—not a bad deal.
Price: $699.

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