A stripped-down version of the HP Pavilion dv6000, the 6.5-pound Compaq Presario V6000 offers a choice of either an AMD Sempron or a Turion 64 X2 processor at speeds from 1.6GHz to 1.8GHz; up to 2GB of 533MHz or 667MHz RAM; 5,400rpm hard drives in capacities from 60GB to 120GB; and an integrated Nvidia GeForce Go 6150 video card. Like the Pavilion dv6000, the Presario V6000 features a 15.4-inch wide-screen display with a native resolution of 1,280x800. The V6000 differs from is Pavilion sibling in that it does not offer advanced media options such as a discrete graphics subsystem, multimedia controls, dual headphone jacks, or QuickPlay software.

With prices starting at $949 (before a $100 rebate), the Compaq Presario V6000 delivers a strong set of components and a decent set of features for a competitive price. As with other AMD-based HPs, though, we're concerned about performance: the first few AMD Turion 64 X2-based systems we reviewed weren't able to keep up with their Intel-based counterparts. We're expecting a Compaq Presario V6000 review unit in the CNET Labs shortly, so look for a full review soon.