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I have been using this laptop for a while now and have been very pleased with it. Originally I used the free downgrade that came with it and ran it on Windows XP, and I have now upgraded to Windows 7.
The build quality is fairly good - I have had a few problems with the mouse buttons sticking, but I tend to use a wireless mouse with it now. The rest of the hardware seems to be very durable.
The performance is great on Windows XP and Windows 7, and I am able to run as many apps as I want and not see any real slowness.
The weight is fine for the specification. It's not a light laptop, but it I carry it around work with me, and too and from the office every day without any issues.
Battery life is very good - it outstrips anything I have had before this, and lasts significantly longer than any of the MacBook Pros in our office. I have had the laptop for 2 years now and the battery life is still very good.
This is another notebook from the HP Compaq range that isn't quite as small as their other ones. Yet still has enough portability for it to be called a notebook. Its basically a mini laptop that runs on windows vista so it lets you do anything you would normally do, in places you wouldn't normally be able to do them with a full sized PC or laptop.
One of the greatest things about this notebook is that the keyboard is actually full sized. If you've ever been on an Eee PC for a while you'll know that it can get a bit frustrating after a while of typing. However with this particular model the keypad is spread out right across the length of the notebook meaning they have actually been able to make a full sized keypad out of it. This basically means you'll be able to type just as well as you would on any normal keyboard, and this is important when this could be something that your doing a lot of your work on.
Usually these things have a lack of memory, however this one doesn't at all. Its 2gb installed ram means this thing runs like a dream and installing and running programs was really fast too.
Also the capability to upgrade to a possible 8gb of ram is there. I'm not too sure if this would do it that much good though as the Intel Core 2 Duo T5870 processor probably couldn't cope with it so you'd probably be better loading it to 4gb of ram at the most.
The size is not much over a length of A4 paper at just 33 cm's. So it's a fair bit bigger than some of the notebooks out there however only weighing 2.4 kg your hardly going to feel this thing even if your going to be carrying it around with you all day.
Another great thing about this is the sheer size of the storage space inside. The Eee PC hardly had any on the basic model and so carrying about a spare memory stick was pretty much essential. This Hp Business Compaq will certainly not require any more space though as its got a impressive 160 gb already built in. The small size of the notebook isn't sacrificing speeds either as it will still reach 5400 rpm, the average of the normal sized laptops too.
The screen size isn't that small either, so its not limiting your workability. It offers a 14.1 TFT display and is a good quality screen with a good 1280 x 800 resolution.
The only thing that let down some of HP's other notebooks was the battery life, however this one doesn't at all. It offers a fantastic 6.25 hours which is well up there with some of the best on the market today, and at price of arounf £700- £800 its well cheaper than the other notebooks as well.
HP Compaq Business Notebook 6730b
After the rocking success of HP Compaq Business Notebook 6710b and HP Compaq Business Notebook 6720b, now HP has launched a new updated version in this series with HP Compaq Business Notebook 6730b. The features and configuration is slightly different from the pavilion series but the design I completely changed. Pavilion series notebooks have metallic finish but the business series is completely built by high quality plastic body. I really like this one as it provide a good feeling than metallic finish body. Now I am going to discuss its performance and some advantaged and disadvantages also.
The display size is in popular 15.4" category and there is slightly different than pavilion notebooks, that is its aspect ratio. This notebook has almost 4:3 aspect ratio and it doesn't support widescreen display, that I hate to have. Wide screen is generally meant to play games and watching videos or movies. But in business series notebooks this is not a good feature and I always prefer non-widescreen display. The pixel ratio is about 1280 x 800 ( WXGA ). Best screen size for business peoples.
In terms of processing speed this notebook performs as a good speed and there is a Intel processor with new P series Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 with total clock speed of 2.26 GHz. Other feature of this processor is its front side data bus speed and that is excellent with 1066 MHz. There are some contradictions about the data bus speed. If we have high bus speed processor than it will get hot again and again, not recommended in hot climatic conditions where computer may get shut down due to this problem. This is a main different in AMD and Intel processors as AMD had some processors with very high data bus speed and they are good for cold regions but Intel has balanced products for both conditions. L2 cache size is required for temporary data collection and this processor also has good 3 MB L2 cache size and I never faced any problem due to cache size. But you may face problem with 2 MB or 1 MB cache processors. Previously when I bought my fist PC than there was only 1 MB cache size and about 533 MHz bus speed. I always faced problem of computer hang and slow speed even with 1 GB Ram in Windows XP. So here is a wise decision with providing good processor.
Next feature that is required some discussion is its memory size in terms of RAM and storage. This notebook has good 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM with 800 MHz of speed. I always used to say that 800 MHz and above peed RAM is considered as good combination with same or higher front side bus speed processors. So here also we have some good combination of RAM and processor. The size of RAM s average and There are no problem for me of slow speed access. But I have problem with 3D graphics software's and high graphics application. These applications require some good combination of internal graphics memory also.
Other memory size is its storage capacity and it is slightly lower than what we can aspect, with 160 GB serial ATA hard disk drive. Now a day's 250 GB hard disk drive is considered as an average capacity for notebooks and 320 GB is good capacity available in notebooks. I don't believe in hard disk drive as I got crashed it two timed in my desktop PC so that higher capacity means you will keep more data and if you hard disk get crashed than it will lose more data. So best available hard dik is solid state drive but it is very costly and we can't afford it as higher capacity.
The measure improvement in notebooks available is its wireless network range and almost all middle higher range notebooks are available with good range wireless card, 802.11n and it has almost three times more range than previous 802.11b/g network card.
Battery life of this notebook has measure improvement and there is a good back-up battery with almost 5 hours back-up. In terms of graphics memory this notebook has good but not best graphics memory with Intel GMA 4500MHD Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0, graphics card and it is average for notebooks. All other features is similar to its previous version and over all this is a good notebook with design and features.