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This is not a Centrino branded machine however, as unusually for an ultra portable notebook HP is using the ATI IGP 350M chipset. There is no real advantage compared to Intel’s equivalent chipset, but nor are there any blatant downsides. The integrated graphics chipset shares 32MB of the system memory, so don’t expect blisteringly fast games performance. This can be changed to 64MB in the BIOS, but doing this isn't going to bring any major advantage.
The display, as with most ultra portable machines is a 12 inch unit with a resolution of 1,024 x 768. The display is crisp and clear and is easy to read - just how it should be. With your average notebook sporting a 1,400 x 1,050 resolution these days, this is the one big compromise with an ultra portable machine. But unless you need loads of windows open at once, use huge spreadsheets or plan to do a lot of image editing on the move, 1,024 x 768 should be fine because it works perfectly fine with me. It has added support for 802.11b/g wireless networking, Bluetooth and Ir-DA – this means that you can connect to pretty much anything wirelessly, be it a wireless network, a PDA or a mobile phone.
Anyone that has to travel a lot with a notebook in their bag will appreciate that a super powerful desktop replacement machine is not always the best option. If you always need to have your computer with you, no matter where you are, something sleek and portable is definitely the preferred solution. This system falls squarely into this category and at a very good price.
This is a great little laptop!
I was looking around for a cheap laptop to complete my course work on while at college. I came across this little laptop while looking at a referb shop on ebay.
The laptop came with all the specifications above appart from the 1GB RAM that it had been upgraded to.
The Laptop is thin, portable and generally quiet. Installing Windows XP Pro can be difficult (or it was for me) since there is no CD Drive, everything has to be installed by USB Flash drive, or other USB external devices.
The temperature of the laptop doesn't seem to be an issue, it does get hot (as all laptops do) but I have yet to see it burn my legs while using it (even while playing games!)
There is no inbuilt WiFi so I would recommend buying a PCMCIA WiFi card.
If you are a student or someone who is interested in buying a laptop for web browsing or office then go ahead and buy this laptop, its cheap and does the job fantastically!
Well I am typing this review on my NC4010 so it definitely has the basics features you need when it comes to internet surfing and basic office tasks. Firstly, I should probably point out that it isn't the newest, star-spangled model available. I bought mine second hand from a well known auction site for about £120. I desperately needed something cheap and reliable for accessing the internet and doing basic tasks with office.
The laptop arrived with Windows XP and Microsoft Office preloaded. If you're not fortunate enough to get Office, there is a free programme called Openoffice available to download off the internet which does just as good a job.
The laptop is small - diddy in fact! I have to admit to being very picky when it came to choosing my laptop and a big factor in my decision was the sleek design and curved edges on this model which I feel makes it aesthetically pleasing. As for the size, it has a 12.1 inch screen and the laptop is only about 14 inches in size. If you want something that really is easily portable, then this is for you! It is lightweight and can easily be packed into a bag and taken wherever you need it. Since mine is second hand, the battery life is poor so I run it off mains power. However, you can buy replacement batteries relatively cheaply and I do intend to do this at some point.
I'm not an expert when it comes to computer specifications but this does everything I need it to and is fast enough for my needs. I did some research before buying and the 40GB hard drive and 480MB RAM are more than adequate for my current needs. I use this as my main PC at home but if you wanted if you'rea hardcore gamer, you may need to invest in another model.
For internet I use a plug in dongle which is pay as you go on the 3 network so I really can take this anywhere (once I get my new battery!)
I really love my laptop and although I do plan on upgrading it at some point, I'm certainly not in any rush to do so. The only downside I have discovered is overheating. I seem to recall having read about this in other reviews before I bought the latop and, sure enough, it does have a tendancy to get very hot! I bought a stand which has a fan incorporated into it which you plug in via the USB port and this keeps it cool and makes sure the latop runs smoothly.
If you're looking for a cheap laptop for a student or even to use as your main computer then this is an excellent, no frills model that does the job!