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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.
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