Extensive review of the HP Compaq s notebooks (Intel Core 2 Duo P / Intel GMA MHD) including various measurements. This page provides reviews and other infos about the laptop HP Compaq s. HP presents a lightweight business notebook with a few consumerist features.
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The HP Compaq s is an ultra-portable consumer notebook that is targeted towards small businesses similar to the Dell Vostro or Lenovo SL series line of machines. How well does the s hold up against business-grade notebooks? Should you purchase one of these or consider a similarly-priced consumer notebook? Our review unit of the HP Compaq s came with the following options:. The all-black color scheme continues into the interior of the notebook, with the palmrest, touchpad, keyboard, and trim all covered in matching black.
An interesting design change over a consumer notebook is the touch sensitive controls above the keyboard which normally activate media functions. Opening up the notebook you find the same thing around the main chassis, with weak plastic surrounding the keyboard.
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The palmrest has plenty of flex on either side, with the side above the optical drive being the worse of the two. On the optical drive side you have flex on the palmrest as well as the bottom shell when gripping the notebook from the side.
The only real advantage of the thin plastic material used is the total notebook weight is kept ph a minimum. Black levels are average with some grey apparent in dark settings depending on the angle you are viewing the panel. Vertical viewing angles are adequate gp regular day-to-day use, but colors invert when outside of the degree up or down sweet spot. Horizontal viewing angles are better, keeping colors true even to the very 2320s of being able to still see the screen from the side of the notebook.
Brightness levels are above average, enough to comfortably view the screen in a bright office setting.
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Using the notebook outside would be limited with the glossy display because of reflections, but should be fine as long as you are under shade. The keyboard could be considered one of the redeeming factors of this notebook, offering a very comfortable typing surface with very solid support. Unlike the screen cover, palmrest, or case, the keyboard exhibits no flex at all … even under strong pressure. Individual key action is smooth with a muted click when fully pressed.
The touchpad is a Synaptics model, with a smooth matte texture surface that is seamless with the palmrest. The size is great without feeling cramped, 2230ss plenty of space even with the scroll bar section. The touchpad buttons have a long throw offering soft feedback with no audible clicks.
The notebook had excellent boot and shutdown times, and showed no signs of 22230s throughout 2230 applications. Graphics performance was limited with the Intel MHD integrated chipset, but the advantage of the integrated chipset is greater battery life.
If you were looking to spice up your day at work with a game or two, older games such as Half-Life would run very well on the slower graphics found inside this notebook. Speaker performance was limited, with poor bass and midrange, and low peak volume levels. For watching the occasional streaming news clip or YouTube video they would work just fine, but for movies and music your best bet is a nice pair of headphones.
Audio output quality was great with my Sennheiser HD80 headphones connected. Peak volume levels were well above anything I would want to listen to. The HP Compaq s offers 220s impressive amount of features for a notebook with integrated Intel graphics. The cooling system on this notebook worked very well, keeping the system cool to the touch even while it was under a stressful load. Under battery power the system fan remained off the majority of the time, only spinning up 2230s you were doing something processor intensive.
The moment you plug the machine into AC power the fan turns on at low speed, which could best be described as a quiet drone. While benchmarking the system the fan noise increased quite a bit, but it kept system temperatures in check.
Battery performance was good considering the stock battery in the HP Compaq s is only a 4-cell 37Wh model. This is probably the smallest battery found in a business notebook, and has no upgrade path to a np battery.
In our testing the average power draw from the notebook settled around 9 watts under a standard load. For a business notebook of this size we would normally expect a larger battery and battery life exceeding five hours.
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The HP Compaq s is a conservative-looking notebook with some features targeted towards small business users. The plastic used throughout the design is weak even when compared to the HP Pavilion lineup.
For small businesses my best recommendation would be to look at notebooks such as the HP Pavilion txz or stepping up to the HP EliteBook series. Visit our network of sites: 22230s content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.
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