Compaq Presario 700US (Duron review: Compaq Presario 700US (Duron

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Inexpensive; stylish; well equipped; comprehensive documentation.

The Bad Middling performance and battery life.

The Bottom Line Despite its average performance, the Presario 700US is a good deal for the budget-conscious notebook shopper.

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Compaq's new budget notebook brings together a lot of useful capabilities in an attractive package and at an affordable $1,199; a $100 rebate good through the end of January 2002 could make it an even better deal. But the low-cost CPU and graphics system that went into the package mean you'll get no better than middling performance. Compaq's new budget notebook brings together a lot of useful capabilities in an attractive package and at an affordable $1,199; a $100 rebate good through the end of January 2002 could make it an even better deal. But the low-cost CPU and graphics system that went into the package mean you'll get no better than middling performance.

A snazzy look
The first thing you notice about the Presario 700US is its flashy look: a sleek, black shell with a silver band that wraps all the way around the edges. When you open the notebook, you see a crisp, bright, 14.1-inch, 1,024x768 LCD and a slightly oval touchpad just above two navigation buttons. Loud, clean-sounding JBL Pro Audio stereo speakers with a satisfyingly deep bass range run all the way across the front edge. The speakers extend down the front lip of the notebook, so you can listen to music with the lid closed (your forearms will cover part of the speakers when you type, though). The keyboard rattles a bit, but the keys are all comfortably big enough for a clumsy touch typist.

The Presario 700US is far from petite, but it's still comfortable to pick up and carry. The configuration we tested weighs 6.75 pounds (7.5 with the AC supply) and measures 1.64 by 12.4 by 10.6 inches. It includes an 8X DVD drive and comes with Microsoft's Works 6.0 and Money 2001, plus a one-year subscription to Encarta Online.

A plethora of ports
Compaq equipped the Presario 700US with a plethora of ports: Ethernet and a 56K modem; a PS/2 port for an external mouse or keyboard; two USB ports; and S-Video, parallel, and VGA ports. It also has our old friend the floppy drive and a single Type II/III PC Card slot. The 20GB hard drive is plenty big for all but the most devout MP3 collectors.

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Compaq Presario 700US (Duron, 900MHz, 256MB, 20GB)

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Resolution 1024 x 768 ( XGA )
  • Installed Size 256 MB
  • Weight 6.4 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD-ROM - fixed
  • Graphics Processor S3 Savage4 SDRAM
  • CPU AMD Duron 900 MHz