HP Compaq Business Notebook nx6120

Students going for affordability and connectivity options could give this a go.


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This notebook is the first in the new HP Compaq business range to hit the shops. The obvious lure of the unit is its affordable AU$1395 price tag. Though we can't help but admire its sturdy build and superb connectivity options, there are some drawbacks we encountered. Read on to find out how our test unit (with spruced specs) fares.

Editor's note: The configurations available in Australia may vary, please check with your local distributor for more info.

Design
The HP Compaq's new series of business laptops sports a slate-gray scratch-resistant magnesium-alloy protecting the display which marks an improvement over the somewhat fragile plastic surfaces of the previous generation. This 15-inch mainstream notebook measures 329 x 267 x 30.3 (at front) mm and weighs 2.72kg. Image-wise, we were only comfortable with the brightest display setting as the panel appeared pretty dim otherwise. The lid is fitted with two solid latches to lock the screen and a good hinge to match.

The slight gradient causing the difference in thickness at the front (30.3mm) and the rear (36.8mm) is meant to provide a more comfortable user experience when typing. The well-spaced keys deliver decent tactile feedback though they are a tad shallow in depth. Lining the top of the keyboard is a plethora of seven buttons for quick launch, power, Wi-Fi activation and volume control. The touchpad and two responsive rubber-like mouse buttons lie below the keys.

Features
Our unit came fitted with one of the higher-end configurations available for the nx6120, boasting a Pentium M processor 760 (2.0GHz), 512MB RAM and a fair-sized 60GB hard drive. Though discrete graphics would have been good, we weren't really expecting its inclusion due to the laptop's low price and so it proves with the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900. The optical drive is non-removable and supports the standard DVD/CD-RW combo.

For the amount you pay, the connectivity options you get on this machine are pretty impressive. For networking, you have 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN, Gigabit Ethernet, a 56K modem and Bluetooth capability. You get the standard FireWire, S-video out and VGA-out slots, but note that a generous dose of four USB 2.0 and two PCMCIA slots are provided. You even get the rarely seen parallel and serial ports and a very useful 6-in-1 card reader at the front edge.

The HP Protect Tools security suite comes with the new HP Compaq business range. To give an idea of what this application does, the user has the choice to configure boot options, disable several ports and set passwords.

Performance
Once again we used our handy benchmarking software, MobileMark 2002, to gauge performance and battery life. Our test unit was admittedly not too impressive considering its fast 2.0GHz chip and 512MB RAM, getting 195 marks for performance. This is quite mediocre considering that other notebooks with similar configurations get scores of at least 230. However, do note that the nx6120 differs from our test unit, fitted with an inferior Processor 730 (1.6GHz) and 256MB RAM. Battery life was clocked at 188 minutes (3 hours 8 minutes) below the average 200 to 250 minutes by other mainstream and thin-and-light notebooks.

Packaged with Windows XP Professional Edition, the nx6120 comes installed with software such as HP ProtectTools to manage security and Norton AntiVirus 2005. You have an option to burn CDs on the external drive either by using Sonic RecordNow!. DVD playback in Windows OS is managed by InterVideo's WinDVD.

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raul
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raul posted a review   

The Good:everything except speaker

The Bad:speaker

using it from past 5.5 yrs. No issues till now . Just the body panel showing some cracks. Speakers could have been better quality . Currenty running on Windows 7 :)

 

nrmr44 posted a reply   
India

I've installed Win7 Ultimate on my nx 6120 but the hardwares for WiFi and Sound are not recognized. Hardwares are:
1. SoundMax Integrated Digital Audio
2. Intel PROSet/Wireless 2200 BG Network Connection
Can you help me find the required drivers - if that is the problem?
Thanks and regards.

Marcos
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Marcos posted a review   

The Good:Everything!

The Bad:Nothing!

I bought an used one here in Brazil (with our keyboard layout)!

It's perfect!

Appearance looks like a new one!

Nice design, 4 USB ports... I bought it with 1,25 GB of RAM, I can run even Windows 7 or Vista (but I'm using Linux Mint 9 KDE now).

Loved it.

 

nrmr44 posted a reply   
India

I've installed Win7 Ultimate on my nx 6120 but the hardwares for WiFi and Sound are not recognized. Hardwares are:
1. SoundMax Integrated Digital Audio
2. Intel PROSet/Wireless 2200 BG Network Connection
Can you help me find the required drivers - if that is the problem?
Thanks and regards.

 

zamri posted a comment   

The Good:have all i needed like ard reader usb bluetooth ,infra red and many more

The Bad:too heavy

good looking laptop compare with present laptop, not bad at all

rainbow
8
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rainbow posted a review   

The Good:very reliable and sturdy

The Bad:slow

I have this model for more than 4 years and it never gives me any problem. I'm still using it now despite it's very outdated and old compare to all the new laptops out there. I wanted to buy a new hp laptop but I really love my old laptop and it's still run pretty well. There are times when it runs a little slow expecially when it's running on many programs.

HP is the bomb
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HP is the bomb posted a review   

The Good:Everything on this laptop

The Bad:Nothing

I love this laptop, had it for 4 years and hasnt failed ever since. HP is a very good brand and will be around forever.

Go HP!!

dilshad
2
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dilshad posted a review   

Evereything is OK.except serial port..Serial port is a basic thing which is unfortunately not avialble in this laptop.and most of the times that USB to serial conveter device doesn't work properly..It troubled me a lot as i need serail port for my official s/w devlepment work.

Igor_otsky
5
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Igor_otsky posted a review   

The Good:sturdy

The Bad:video is unreliable.

Screen turns black 6/10 of the time. screen turns white while watching movies 8/10 of the time. tried reinstalling video driver but to no avail.

mylord
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mylord posted a review   

The Good:high performance due to Turion 64 bit

The Bad:hhd crachs
only 1 year garantie --> this explains anything

very bad components. I have only problems with this laptop.

skeletorsambora
5
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skeletorsambora posted a review   

The Good:It's a great computer when it works

The Bad:Too many repairs
Hard drive problems

I've had a bunch of problems with mine. Taken in for repairs many times because Windows wouldn't start, the screen kept going white, and the sound didn't work.

goose7219
6
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goose7219 posted a review   

had heaps of probs with the hard drive failing the touch pad left button stoped working , batterys are dead and the ac power plug pin broke on board but when running it is great fast system im looking for another on email me at goose7219@yahoo.com.au aust only


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User Reviews / Comments  HP Compaq Business Notebook nx6120

  • raul

    raul

    Rating10

    "using it from past 5.5 yrs. No issues till now . Just the body panel showing some cracks. Speakers could have been better quality . Currenty running on Windows 7 :)"

  • Marcos

    Marcos

    Rating10

    "I bought an used one here in Brazil (with our keyboard layout)!

    It's perfect!

    Appearance looks like a new one!

    Nice design, 4 USB ports... I bought it w..."

  • zamri

    zamri

    "good looking laptop compare with present laptop, not bad at all"

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