HP Compaq nc6230 for Business

HP Compaq nc6230 for Business

HP Compaq nc6230 series

With the debut of the HP Compaq nc6230, HP has made a slight modification to its corporate laptop names, calling each line a "Notebook PC series" instead of a "Business Notebook." The shift hints at HP's recent attempt to welcome smaller businesses (and even consumers) into the fold. You can order any of HP's corporate laptops, including the nc6230 Notebook PC series and its lower-end counterpart, the nc6220 Notebook PC series, through a variety of online resellers, HP's toll-free phone number, or the HP Web site, where you can choose from among a long list of components to customize the laptop.

The nc6220 and nc6230 share the same case design but feature different internal components, such as chipsets and graphics subsystems. The nc6220 ships with Intel's next-generation Centrino platform (code-named Sonoma); specifically, the 915GM chipset with an integrated graphics engine (the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900) that borrows up to 128MB of RAM from the main memory. The nc6230, on the other hand, carries the amped-up Sonoma 915PM chipset, which supports a separate graphics chip (the ATI Mobility Radeon X300) with either 32MB or 64MB of its own video RAM. Translation: the nc6230 will give you faster graphics performance, though we must note that CNET Labs' tests have shown the 915GM and the GMA 900 to deliver a better performance than the 915PM and the ATI X300 for typical office tasks.

Aside from their chipsets and graphics subsystems, the nc6220 and the nc6230 come with the same set of options: Processors include the Pentium M Sonoma at speeds ranging from 1.6GHz to 2.13GHz, as well as the cheaper 1.5GHz Celeron M, which has a slower 400MHz frontside bus (FSB) and smaller 1MB of L2 cache. Both models offer DDR2 memory at 400MHz or 533MHz and in amounts ranging from 256MB to 2GB (512MB is enough for most business tasks). The 14.1-inch display is available in two native resolutions: the standard 1,024x768 or the finer, more graphics-friendly 1,400x1,050. Wireless choices consist of both Intel- and Broadcom-branded 802.11b/g and 802.11a/b/g cards, as well as a Broadcom Bluetooth card.

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