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I bought this laptop secondhand a couple of years ago for £50. I'm guessing it's at least 5 years old, possibly more as I think the model was introduced in 2007. At that time it cost £680 so my £50 seemed like a bargain particularly since I knew where it had come from - a government agency that was being closed down as part of the Coalition's 'bonfire of the quangos' - and that it had been well maintained. Second hand ones do still come up on Amazon and ebay - prices range from £80 to £150.
First of all it's a reasonably substantial laptop measuring 53 x 362 x 271 mm and weighing in at 2.8 kg.
The techie stuff:
~ Basic Spec ~
Processor: AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60
Pointing device: touchpad
USB ports: 4
~ Display ~
Viewable size: 15.4 in
Native resolution: 1,680x1,050
Graphics Processor: ATI Radeon Xpress 1270
Graphics/video ports: VGA, S-video
Graphics Memory: 512MB
~ Storage ~
Total storage capacity: 160GB
Optical drive type: DVD+/-RW +/-DL
Memory slots: 2
Supported memory cards: SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
A good reliable workhorse
This laptop suits my needs. It's not a sleek racehorse but a good reliable work horse. That said, I probably don't use all the functionality - I have another laptop for work so I just use this for my personal correspondence, storing and editing photos, storing my music on itunes, email and web-browsing. The 160Gb hard disk is more than ample for my collection of photos and music. I don't play computer games on it and the reviews I've read give the impression that this was a laptop was not designed for heavy multimedia use. As the name suggests it is business model and it does indeed look like a corporate laptop - it's grey and black and rather boring looking. However it's nice and sturdy giving me confidence that it will withstand a few knocks and it does get moved around quite a lot.
I find the laptop responsive, quick and the keyboard is comfortable to use. The battery power isn't bad at all - I get about 3 hours before needing to plug it in. I've had no issues with the touchpad and the wifi is generally very reliable. I suspect any issues I've had are due to our poor broadband connection rather than the laptop. My only niggle, and it's pretty minor, is that is has a built-in fingerprint scanner in the right bottom corner. I don't need to use this feature but if you accidentally swipe your thumb across it, the laptop bleeps and you get an error message. I'm guessing that this feature can be disabled but there is no obvious way of doing it and I'm not bothered enough to spend hours trawling through internet support forums to investigate further.
Given its age, I find this quite difficult to rate. New laptops certainly look more streamlined and sexy; an equivalent laptop today would be much lighter and sleeker. It's not good for gaming but that's not a problem for me. So far it's been very reliable and has done everything I've asked of it. For £50 it's been a great purchase so with that in mind I think 4 out of 5 stars is fair. If you are looking for a laptop for basic tasks and are not concerned about its looks, then it's worth looking at a refurbished Compaq 6715b.
We bought 4 of these laptops 2.5 years ago for business use training people on CAD products.
The physical build quality is totally acceptable, the laptops have been in rough transit internationally and haven't cracked or dented. There are two USB ports on either side of the laptop which is very useful if you have lots of peripherals.
The battery life is about an hour or so, more if you use the power-saving options. This decreased over time as the battery deteriorated.
As with most major manufacturers the laptops came encumbered with pointless HP brand antivirus suites, backup software, disc writing software and also Symantec trials which were particularly annoying. All of this required uninstalling which took even longer thanks to the User Account Control and Windows Defender settings introduced in Windows Vista.
The hardware on these laptops was well within the specs we required for our CAD software, but soon we ran into problems when we tried to model things in 3D. The 'shared Video memory' of the Radeon X1250 essentially means that RAM is hoovered up by the video card when trying to perform any moderately detailed 3D modelling. Add to this the memory-hungry Windows Vista OS and suddenly you're out of RAM when you're trying to do something and the whole thing crashes to desktop.
To put this in perspective we've run the same software and performed the same tasks successfully on laptops with only 1GB RAM and much lower spec video cards, but these had XP OS and no 'shared video memory'.
With at least one of these laptops crashing every training session we used them in we had to install Windows 7 on them - a costly move but combined with a driver update they seem to have a little more memory spare and don't spit their dummy out when you try and do something more complicated than use MS Word.
This laptop is pretty good in day to day business use, with a decent battery life, variety of features and functions there are lots of good points about this laptop, but it isn't the best. So if you're after a higher end laptop then I would recommend that you look elsewhere.
It comes pre-installed with Windows Vista, but with a good operating system (e.g. NOT Vista) this laptop runs like a gem. With a 15.4 inch anti-glare widescreen display (easily large enough for normal business use) and with a AMD Turion 64 X2 processor, 160GB HDD, 2GB DDR2 RAM, DVD RW and wireless LAN, this laptop is more than capable to run most tasks.
Due to the screen size it isn't the smallest laptop but is still easy and comfortable to use but with it weighing in at 2.7kg it can feel heavy at times.
We have several of these laptops deployed throughout the company and have never had an issue with one in the two years they have been in service, which is commendable.
I bought this laptop a year ago, it has served me well, I am a computing student currently studying games. The laptop's design itself is a little plastic for my tastes with the track pad not being too great, the scroll bar on it often decides not to work. But on the plus it has a fingerprint scanner which is great for security.
This being said it is good for the money you pay, the processing power of the laptop is good and has served me well when making games 2D games, the hardrive is quiet, the screen is large and bright with a good colour ratio, if you are after a laptop that does a lot of graphical work then this is not for you as there is no dedicated graphics card.
The battery life of the machine is average at best and lasts around 2 hours on a full charge, but if your like me you will leave it plugged in and it wont effect you. If you are after a laptop to take to university with you or to do non graphical tasks, then it is ideal, it balances well power and cost.
I would therefore reccomend this laptop to anyone who is not after something for graphical processing but other than that its a great buy.
I got this laptop for christmas, over two years ago and since then i have never been away from it. My beloved laptop can sometimes freeze, but i guess all computers do occasionally. It has an impressive, neat design and is very compact. The laptop is easy to carry around and does not weigh much. Windows Vista is ready built into the PC and includes many programmes within the computer eg paint, notepad etc. The letters on the keyboard of the laptop are of a reasonable size and has very easily understood images on the keys. However, the laptop gets extremely hot and caused red blotchiness on my leg after having it on too while which made me have to buy a heat absorbing mat, maybe it was just a fault with my laptop and not with the hp company. Battery life is not very long at all and runs out within 10 minutes, so it is handy to leave the adapter plugged in for most of the time.
The hp compaq business notebook 6715b is a useful piece of machinery and comes in very handy for everyday life, im sure you will not regret purchasing.
This HP Compaq laptop combines power with a good design and other great features to give you this fantastic business laptop.
The laptop is Compaq's Business Notebook 6715b, which you can probably guess from the name is designed and specifically made for business people, and so therefore comes with vindows vista business already in installed on it, this offers some extra features and programs compared to the other vistas and comes with Intervideo WinDVD, HP Quick Launch Button Software, HP ProtectTools Security Manager, HP Wireless Assistant, Synaptics Touchpad Driver, HP Backup and Recovery Manager, Roxio Easy Media Creator 9, HP OpenView Radia Management Agent, HP QuickLook.
The design is really good too. It is all in one colour, which is usually something that puts me off laptops, however this all black laptop has a cool square like shape to it and I think it makes the laptop look really modern. The edge around the screen isn't huge and is quite thin making this laptop look better and also reducing its size.
Now this really is a fast running laptop, and really it needs to be if you need to do a lot of work on a laptop. This has 2 gb of ram installed on it which makes all those demanding programs and software run like a dream.
And if the 2 gb isn't enough for you (although I cant see this amount ever not being big enough for you), then you can easily upgrade your ram to 4gb. This will just make everything even faster than it already is, so if you so really need your laptop to be a bit faster then you have got this option at a later date. This is really good because what tends to happen is that as your laptop gets older, and your add more programs and files, it eventually gets slower and slower, this is just something that happens, so having this extra 2gb of ram available to be installed into the laptop means that if it does start to run slower than you want it to, then you can easily have extra ram installed. A bad thing about this option though, is that it can be costly to do, especially if you cant do it your self and you might have to pay a computer technician to do the work for you.
Also a bit of a glitch is that it could, and I do say could, void the warranty, now I am unsure about the warranty of this specific laptop however it usually goes, if you alter any setting of the laptop by unscrewing things inside of it, then usually the warranty goes, as if it no longer works it could be your fault. So this is something to think about and look into before you start altering things inside the laptop.
Now the hard drive is above average too, as it has a fantastic 160 gb's for you to store all that data onto. Now I know that ill never need more than 160 gb and iv never even really needed more than 100gb's before, so I doubt that anyone will really need more storage space than this.
Its screen is average size too, it's a 15.4 inch TFT screen which is about the average size. However most business laptops have smaller screens that this so that they are more portable because they would be smaller, and also they would be lighter and have more battery life. This laptop actually weighs 2.7 kg though, which isn't really heavy, but is a lot heavier than most business laptops are. that's why this laptops probably best to be used as a replacement desktop and is just as fast as one too.
This laptop also has a built in memory card reader, this is great and can read any of SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card. This saves time and money if you were to buy one, as well as saving space and an usb port too in using one.
Altogether this is a great laptop, its designed for business men and that's who it suits best. Its extremely quick, it looks good and its got all that space to save things on as well. There are so much things that's so good about this laptop and not much wrong with it. Apart from its lack of portability, however for a price tag of under £600 for a laptop this good, I think this defiantly makes up for it as you'd be paying well over £1000 for a laptop like this with great portability as well.