Compaq Presario V4000



Now that we've got some Dell, IBM, and HP notebook reviews under our belt, we are going to depart from the business oriented line of machines we've already looked at, and take some time to go over Compaq's new Presario V4000. After the acquisition by Hewlett Packard, Compaq fully devoted its Presario notebook designs towards the consumer segment, while HP offers both consumer and business notebooks. In that sense, there is some redundancy considering the overlap in the consumer market, but between the two brand names, overall, this makes for a wider selection of notebooks.

Compaq Presario V4000
_Designed for Intel 90nm Dothan Pentium-M with 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
_Supports 533MHz FSB

_Intel 915GM or 915GML (with Intel IGP)/ICH6-M
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

_Two 200-pin SODIMM sockets
_Supports DDR 333 Unbuffered Non-ECC memory
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

_Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 900

Intel ICH6-M South Bridge:
- 1 x ATA 100/66
- 2 x SATA 100/66
- 40GB/60GB/80GB/100GB Ultra ATA HDD (all 4200RPM, 60 and 80GB are available with 5400RPM)
- Optical device (CD-RW/DVD-ROM, DL DVD+-RW/CD-RW, LightScribe 8x DVD+-RW/CD-RW)

_Realtek 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
_Intel Wireless 2200BG (802.11 b/g) or Broadcom 802.11/b/g WiFi card
_Bluetooth (optional)
_56K v.92 Fax/modem

_15.4" WXGA TFT LCD (native 1280 x 800)
_15.4" WXGA TFT LCD (native 1280 x 800) - BrightView

_Compatible with AC'97 2.3
_Built in dual speakers

Dimension and Weight
_~ 14.11" x 10.16" x 1.32" to 1.67" (our sample)
_Starts at 6.45 lbs.

External I/O Connectors
_1 x Power port
_1 x Lock jack
_2 x PCMCIA slot (1 x Type I and Type II)
_1 x Modem jack
_1 x Ethernet jack
_1 x microphone jack
_1 x headphone jack
_1 x VGA-out port
_1 x S-video port
_1 x Expansion Port 2 Connector
_1 x Card Reader (SD/MS/MSPro/MMC/SM/XD)
_4 x USB 2.0/1.1
_1 x 4-pin mini1394 Firewire port

Included Software - preloaded
_Sonic RecordNow 7.x
_InterVideo WinDVD 5.0
_InterVideo WinDVD Creator 2.5
_Apple iTunes for Windows 4.6
_Muvee AutoProducer DVD Edition 3.0
_Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0
_Microsoft Office Trial 2003
_Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0



Measuring in at 14.1" x 10.2" x 1.67" and with a weight starting at 6.45 pounds (our V4000 sample weighed in just under 7.0 lbs.), the Compaq Presario V4000 is the third smallest [and largest] notebook from Compaq. Though, that doesn't say much since Compaq currently only has five notebook models available. Considering the largest and smallest notebooks from Compaq come in at 1.99" thin and 9.3 lbs or 1.53" and 5.2 lbs, respectively, there is a fairly wide spectrum of difference between the notebooks. While, there are really no pure thin and lights or ultraportables, the closest thing to a thin and light would arguably be the M2000. After that notebooks like the V4000 and V2000 are categorized as power thin notebooks or lightweight desktop replacements. The X6000 and R4000 round up the Compaq line as desktop replacements that favor designs without the heavier restrictions of the rest.

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