The Good Attractive design; PCI Express slot; LightScribe double-layer optical drive; versatile flash card slot; great Wi-Fi range.
The Bad Wide-screen 15.4-inch display isn't as bright as others'; lacks dedicated video memory; speakers offer thin sound.
The Bottom Line The attractive Compaq Presario V4000 delivers good performance and a complete set of basic features, but it comes up a bit short on battery life.
Compaq Presario V4000
HP Compaq Presario V4000
Though it's cooler-looking than much of the competition, the HP Compaq Presario V4000 is still a quintessential mainstream/value notebook. At $1,579, it's also more expensive than alternatives such as the Gateway M460S, which offers a comparable performance and twice the battery life. Still, the Presario V4000 is a solid all-around notebook for a student or a home user who needs good performance and a complete set of basic features and connections. For a system with a stronger set of multimedia features, check out the comparably priced .
HP knows how to make a sophisticated-looking notebook. The Presario V4000's black-and-silver case measures 14.0 inches wide, 10.3 inches deep, and 1.5 inches thick, though its rounded edges give it a thinner feel. Weighing in at 6.5 pounds, the Presario V4000 is an ounce lighter than its Pavilion sibling, the Toshiba Satellite M45 and the more staid Gateway M460S. The system's 8-ounce AC adapter brings its travel weight to a tolerable 7 pounds, but the three-prong plug might be an annoyance in an older house or some international locales. The system has a big, comfortable keyboard with full-size keys and a great, large touch pad that measures 3.8 inches across, with an aspect ratio that matches the screen. While it lacks dedicated scroll buttons, it does have horizontal and vertical scroll zones., and falls between the smaller