Product Type: Hewlett-Packard laptops
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Wicked bit of kit !!!!!!!
HP Omnibook Xe2
Member Name: sideards
HP Omnibook Xe2
Date: 06/12/00, updated on 06/12/00 (1981 review reads)
Advantages: Portable and powerfull
Disadvantages: Short battery life and needs more memory than is supplied
If you have never owned a laptop computer before then this is the one for you. reasonable screen quality with some really nice features.
It comes with a single usb port which makes connectivity a simple affair.
Hp's additional components are quite expensive but there are cheaper alternatives.
I have added an inexpensive usb to rj45 network card and added my machine to my various networks with great success.
It has multiple monitor support which is handy for presentations.
The speakers that are built in are good but have a slightly 'tinny' sound.
It has some lovely 'save configuration to disk' shutdown features too.
All in all a great product but the battery life seems to be limited to about an hour not the 2 hours that hp claim <this could also be because my network adapter uses power from the computer>.
If you have the cash BUY IT NOW before the price goes up.
I was asked if i could supply some further information on this product so here goes.
The one I have has an AMD k6 2 3d now 500mhz processor, it came with 32meg ram which i have added a further 64 meg to, it has built in floppy disk drive and cd-rom drive, and also has a built in 56k modem.
It came with a 5gig hard drive, reasonable soundcard with built in speakers and microphone but with the ability to plug in external ones.
it has a port replicator, 1 usb port, 1 ps/2 port, 1 serial port,1 parallel port, 1 pcmcia card slot and a monitor connector.
The video card is a good one but it does not have any memory to call it's own you can allocate memory to it from your ram via the bios <I use 4meg when using the built in 12.1 inch monitor and 8 meg when using an external monitor>.
I have bought an external usb fast ethernet network adaptor and a 5 port usb hub as i use a lot of usb devices due to my love of 'hot-swapping'.
If you are going to upgrade the memory
<a must in my opinion> then I suggest you shop around a lot as laptop memory can be extremely expensive <especially hp's own brand>.