Hewlett-Packard Australia Presario M2000
- Well designed, light, comfortable to use
- Slightly underperforms compared to similar laptops
The Compaq Presario M2000 is a well-rounded home laptop for users who don't care about sleek looks.
Price$ 999.00 (AUD)
We wouldn't elect the HP Compaq Presario M2000 the laptop we'd most enjoy cramming into a carry-on bag, but this economical desktop replacement is lighter than it looks, and it performs solidly.
The Compaq Presario M2000 is big and square--3.81cm tall, 33.4cm wide, and 27.4cm deep--but it's very portable at 2.97kg. The power adapter adds less than half a kilogram more.
The M2000 is well designed, with a large front latch that releases the bright 15" screen. The headphone port sits on the front of the case while the battery forms the rear. Though you can get a cheap, bare-bones configuration of this notebook if you prefer, our test unit came generously equipped. Most connections--along with our review unit's fixed DVD burner and six-in-one card reader--sit on the M2000's right-hand side. The left-hand side houses the laptop's PC Card slot, the network and modem jacks, the VGA connection, and an expansion port for HP's optional xb2000 Notebook Expansion Base.
If you're an audiophile or you want an HP laptop to use as a desktop replacement, we recommend that you invest in the xb2000. It serves as a port replicator and a notebook stand. It comes with built-in harman/kardon speakers, a wireless keyboard and mouse, and an internal bay capable of accommodating a 160GB hard drive. Our only beef is that you must wrestle the clunky retractable docking cable out of the back of the stand to connect it to the left side of the notebook.
Our M2000 review unit, equipped with a 1.7GHz Pentium M processor, was a steady performer. In WorldBench 5 tests, this notebook slightly trailed two similarly equipped laptops--an MPC TransPort T2200 and an IBM ThinkPad T42. Our review unit's WorldBench 5 score of 72 is 11 percent below the other units' average score of 81.
The M2000 is comfortable to use. The keyboard has a firm feel, though its keys don't depress very far. The all-black lettering on the light-grey keys doesn't jump out, but it's readable. The keyboard's excellent layout places the
Upgrading the M2000 should be easy. The hard drive and two memory slots reside beneath black (and stylishly grooved) bottom panels held in place by a couple of small screws each.
The price of the M2000 is on the high side for a budget laptop, but it includes Microsoft Works, a good basic applications suite. For a more stylish version of the laptop, with longer battery life but a slightly slower processor, check out HP's Pavilion ze2000.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
- 2 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review
- 3 Portable power: Venom Blackbook 13 Zero review
- 4 Alcatel Idol 4S review: King of the mid-range?
- 5 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review
Latest News Articles
- Why my older Chromebook has a right to live, even if Google says it's over
- Which is the best Mac to learn programming and coding: Buying advice for Mac coders
- A Surface all-in-one PC may lead a Microsoft hardware refresh in October
- Hands-on with Asus ROG G752 and GeForce GTX 1070 (or holy crap this thing is fast!)
- Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 for laptops break the mobile mold
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTSenior Project Manager | TelecommunicationVIC
- CCNetwork Design Specialist - TelecommunicationsNSW
- FTAndroid DeveloperNSW
- CCJava / J2ee ProgrammersACT
- FTNetwork and Security Design EngineerNSW
- CCSecurity Cleared IT Professionals - Expression of InterestSA
- CCBusiness Analyst with change management experienceACT
- CCContract Junior Programmer (J2EE/SQL) 160927/JP/551Asia
- CCContract Systems Analyst (IT Security) 160928/JP/653Asia
- CCTest Manager (HP Quality Centre / Kronos)NSW
- FTTest Manager (HP Quality Centre / ARIBA)NSW
- CCNetwork and Security EngineerNSW
- FTTechnical Business Analyst | Marketing ServicesNSW
- FTDesktop/Application SupportVIC
- FTCarrier/ Industrial Network ConsultantsWA
- FTJava DeveloperNSW
- CCProgram Manager - Data InsightVIC
- FTScrum Master | High Profile FintechNSW
- FTBackup ConsultantWA
- CCData Analyst | Data Management Framework | Experience in RNSW
- CCSolutions ArchitectACT
- CCiOS DeveloperNSW
- CCWAN Architect and ConsultantWA
- FTSenior Front End DeveloperNSW
- FTTest SpecialistSA