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Hp Compaq 6910p: Good Notebook For Businesses

Reviewing: Hp Compaq 6910p  |  Rating:
Taha Kazmi By Taha Kazmi on
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Note: The HP Compaq 6910p is not my personal notebook, it is the one provided to me by my work.

Durability:

Though The HP Compaq 6910p is not something I would own as my personal notebook (It does not suit my personal needs), it is nonetheless a great work-horse computer for businesses. The 6910p is a durable notebook that can handle the load of operating several business programs at the same time such as Toad for Oracle 10.1, Enterprise Learning Systems, and other system-draining programs. It also a physically durable notebook as I pack and unpack the laptop several times a day. I travel a lot for work and take my notebook home with me as well and so it's constantly being moved around, plugged in, attached to docking stations, put in a bag, tossed in the trunk, taken out again and so on. During the rigorous work day a notebook has a tendency to be put down (in its bag) on the ground a little too hard, or knocked in the side by an elbow, or bumped (while in the bag) against a door or the side of an elevator door I'm trying to catch before it closes. To put it simply, this notebook can take a beating day after day and still function optimally when you need it to.

Utility/Features:

The 6910p has a touch-sensitive control bar that runs along the of the keyboard platform all the way to the power button (the power button is a physical button). Along this control bar are located the controls for decreasing/increasing volume, muting, WiFi on/off, System Information, and Presentation Settings; all of which are touch-sensitive (light-up) controls. The Presentation Settings touch-sensitive control is one of the unique features that makes this a great work computer as it allows you to set presentation preferences for options like internal display, dual display, or extended-desktop display presentations. There is a finger-rest mouse-movement utility in the middle of the keyboard as well as a mouse touch pad (with left/right click-keys). There is also a built-in microphone and a finger-print authorization pad (the finger-print authorization utility is disabled by my work on my notebook because my workplace uses other forms of authorization software to confirm identity and confidentiality).

Additional Features:

* EPA Energy Star Compliant * Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AG (802.11 a/b/g) * Bluetooth 2.0 *

System Specifications for HP Compaq 6910p (NOTE - Specifications can vary; these specifications are merely what my department has purchased for its work needs):

Processor: 2.00GHz - Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T7300 (Dual-Core Technology)

Memory: 4.00 GB (3.99 GB System Memory in addition to 8 MB Video)

OS: Microsoft Windows XP - Profession (Version 2002 - Service Pack 3) [Capable of computing 64-bit Operating Systems)

Storage: 80 GB (Can be purchased configured for 160 GB)

Flash Memory Reader: Can read MMC & SD Memory Cards (SDHC Memory Cards will need an adapter in order to be read by the computer).

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (+R DL) / DVD-RAM

Audio/Video: Audio - AD1981HD Codec (Sound Card is HD Audio & Sound Blaster Pro compliant) [There are other free Audio Codecs available for free (download) online if this one is not suitable for your needs]; Video - ATI Mobility Radeon X2300 (128 MB).

Display Screen: 14.1" Widescreen TFT Display with a WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800. There is also a really effective anti-glare feature in the display that helps a lot when I'm at work because I sit along windows that face the sun and I don't have any issues with glare on my computer; if you find yourself still having issues with glare with this computer I would suggest purchasing a 3M filter -- an excellent investment.

CONNECTIVITY:

* Microphone/Mini-phone input (3.5mm) * Audio-Out Headphone input (3.5mm) * 3 USB ports * Ethernet & Modem Ports * 1 Battery (6-cell Lithium Ion) * Docking Station Port * FireWire port (IEEE 1394) * Display/Video: 1, 7-pin S-Video Output; 1, 15-pin VGA HD-15 Output * irDA (Infrared) *

Continued Assessment:

Pros - In addition to the great durability and features/utility on this notebook, there are a few other bonuses worth mentioning about it like the weight and the battery life. The weight of the notebook is about 5.1 pounds, and though it is nowhere near as light as the netbooks on the market, for a notebook of this size [13" (W) x 9.4 " (D) x 1.1 " (H)], it is a considerably light burden to carry when walking from one site to another during the work-day. Also, the battery life on this notebook is great as it can run for up to 4 hours without the AC power adapter plugged in. This is great because there will be those days where someone will forget their AC power adapter at home and I will find myself lending my charger to them without worrying about needing it for at least another 3 1/2 to 4 hours (less if you're watching videos at work, which you shouldn't be anyways!). By the time I need my charger back, it will no longer be an issue for the other person because their notebook (same as mine) will have been fully charged by that point and will have 4 hours of battery life remaining (which is essentially the rest of the work day), so everyone is happy.

Cons: There is one issue worth mentioning, but nothing too serious. The 6800 and 6900 series of the HP Compaq series has an issue with a sizable portion of its notebooks when it comes to the AC Power Adapters. The power adapters have a tendency to start making beeping noises after about 3-6 months (which I found worrisome at first because the way it sounded made me think there was something inside it, as if perhaps I had made it onto a very angry person's hit-list). If you hear this beeping noise, it means you only have weeks before the battery inevitably dies on you. If you are an employee of a company that provides you this laptop, your IT person should be able to swap the charger with another one. However, if you are an employer that provides this laptop to your employees, this issue can become costly. The work-around to this issue would be to purchase cheaper, more-effective, and compatible generic AC power adapters.

Conclusion:

This is a great business notebook that I would recommend any employer with a large employee-base to consider purchasing. It is has work-related features, durability, portability, and excellent battery life. The price range for these laptops originally ran anywhere from $1200-$1800, but they should be significantly cheaper now. Also if you purchase this laptop for your company in bulk, you should be able to get a substantial discount. In addition to this, If you create an exclusive long-term contract to purchase future laptops from HP (I think this is worth it, HP is a great company), you can get even more exclusive discounts on your purchases in addition to the possibility of negotiating discounts on HP products for employees of your company. I highly suggest this product!