HP Compaq NC8000 Laptop Review

HP Compaq NC8000

The HP NC8000 is another quality laptop offering from HP Computers. The NC 8000 in particular is well constructed, and solid in your hands. The HP Compaq NC8000 comes with speed and endurance. Typically the laptop battery is the achilles heel of any laptop. The HP nc8000 we tested, managed to serve up close to five hours of battery life under normal usage conditions. Above average for the typical laptop battery.

The nc8000 uses the Intel Pentium M processor with integrated wireless for extended battery life. The nc8000 runs much cooler than most laptops. During video playback, or other graphic intensive applications , there seems to be a significant increase in the heat generated. The HP Compaq NC8000 uses ATI Radeon Mobility with a maximum of 128MB of graphics memory, more than enough to power the 15 inch SXGA(1400 x 1050) or the UXGA(1600 x 1200). Great for multimedia applications, even some gaming. The HP Compaq NC8000 laptop makes a great asset for a business professionals or students.

The HP Compaq NC8000 comes with either Windows XP or Windows 2000 Pro, some bloatware, and tool we found particularly interesting; HP Protect Tools Embedded Security. When using this tool, firmware updates can only be processed using user verification, and file encryption. According to the HP website, this actually an embedded chip on the motherboard, unique to each system. It also provides a unique root encryption key to enhance other security layers, like Smart Cards, and Fingerprint Readers.

The HP Compaq NC8000 laptop comes with an HP Multi Bay, which allows users to swap out peripherals like optical drives, and other storage devices, like an additional hard drive. There is Bluetooth support along with 802.11 b/a/g Integrated.

HP Compaq NC 8000 Specs


Operating System Windows XP Pro or Windows 2000 Pro
Processor Intel Pentium M 1.6 GHz
Memory 512 MB DDR SDRAM
Optical Drive DVDRW - HP Multi Bay ( Swappable Optical Devices )
Networking 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 56K Modem
Wireless 802.11 b/a/g, Bluetooth Support
Display 15 inch SXGA(1400 x 1050) or 15 inch UXGA (1600 x 1200)
Display Adapter ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9600 Pro graphics controller with 64MB DDR SDRAM 4X AGP
Ports 1 PS/2, 2 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 S-Video, 1 Parallel, 1 Serial, 1 Ext. Monitor, 1 mic in, 1 phones out, 1 Infrared, Rj-11, RJ-45 Two Type II cards or One Type III card
Dimensions 12.8" x 10.8" x 1.6"
6.5 lbs