HP Compaq nc6140 review: HP Compaq nc6140

Our nc6140 evaluation system included average components: a fast 2GHz Pentium M processor; 512MB of slow 333MHz memory; a midsize 60GB hard drive that spins at a decent 5,400rpm; and an economical Intel 915GM graphics chip that steals up to 128MB of VRAM from main memory. Though HP does not currently sell this exact configuration, the company offers a slightly higher-end model that has 1GB of RAM and a DVD burner for $1,949.

The HP Compaq nc6140 struggled in CNET Labs' tests, scoring a respective 19 percent and 13 percent behind the similarly configured ThinkPad Z60t and Dell Latitude D610. The ThinkPad and the Dell also shipped with larger batteries, so each lasted longer than the HP in our drain tests: the HP cut out 3 minutes shy of 4 hours, whereas the ThinkPad lasted 4 hours, 15 minutes, and the Dell endured for 4 hours, 9 minutes.

The standard warranty for the HP Compaq nc6140 lasts for three years--two years longer than the warranties offered with most home and small-business laptop vendors. Toll-free tech support is available for the length of the warranty. HP's support Web site provides the typical FAQ and troubleshooting information, along with a helpful Active Chat feature that lets you engage in real-time exchanges with tech-support reps.

For more detailed information about warranties and service plans, check out Computer Shopper's overview of 37 major computer vendors.

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System configurations:
Dell Latitude D610
Windows XP Professional; 2GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon X300 64MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K80 80GB 5,400rpm

HP Compaq nc6140
Windows XP Pro; 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760; 512MB DDR SDRAM PC2700 333MHz; Mobile Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K00 60GB 5,400rpm

ThinkPad Z60t
Windows XP Pro; 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM PC4300 533MHz; Intel i915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 128MB; Toshiba MK1032GSX 100MB 5,400rpm

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    HP Compaq nc6140 Notebook PC (1.86 GHz)

    Part Number: CNETHPCOMPAQNC61401.8GHZ Released: Jan. 5, 2006

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    • Release date Jan. 5, 2006
    • Installed Size 512 MB
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