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This laptop - now replaced by my Macbook - was purchased mainly to cover my requirement for mobile computing between selling my old laptop and getting my Macbook. As far as specifications go, by todays standard it is outdated, however, only occasionally noticeable.
The pentium 4 processor is now outdated, however, it is more than enough for browsing the web and using basic productivity applications. Don't purchase one expecting a powerhouse as all you will get is a very basic computer for little cash.
The laptop is as upgradable as any other - i.e. memory and hard drive, thats it. The memory can take up to 1.5GB which is pretty impressive considering the age of the computer.
My N4000 arrived with Xp pro installed, performance was predictably unimpressive and boot up times were very long.
The overall build quality was poor as after just two days the hinge had broken resulting in use of the warranty straight away - not a good start.
Battery life was equally unimpressive, lasting just 2 hours.
Overall, if you need a basic laptop i would say look elsewhere.
The HP Compaq Business Notebook nc4000 ultraportable is designed to keep the on-the-go professional productive no matter where business takes them. Productivity is enhanced through this feature-rich ultraportable that combines the power of Intel's processors, a wide choice of integrated wireless and wired communication options, and support for an optional travel battery in a highly mobile form factor. It is designed to drive simplicity in managed enterprise environments by utilizing the same software image, docking solutions, MultiBay devices and power accessories, which are common across the HP Business notebook line. Together, these features deliver a cost effective mobile productivity tool that fits seamlessly into an IT environment.