HP – Compaq nx6125 review

secure, low cost, AMD-based business laptop
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£700.99

Just by looking at the Compaq nx6125, you know exactly who HP is targeting, clothed as it is in its corporate dark grey skin. But before you dismiss it as just another boring business laptop, it does have a few pleasant surprises in store. The first is the price – just £700 including VAT – and then there’s the fact that it’s thin and light and comes with a fingerprint reader for added security.

Helping to keep the price down is HP’s choice of processor. Inside the Compaq nx6125 you will find not the usual Intel CPU, but instead one of AMD’s Turion64 processors, in this case an ML-32. Rated at 1.8GHz, the ML-32 is draws 35W of power, so helping conserve battery life, and is backed by 512MB of memory which is fast becoming the standard amount on business notebooks. It provides enough grunt to power everyday office applications, as proved by the Sysmark04SE score of 121.

Even with a 15-inch XGA screen, the Compaq nx6125 weighs 2.7kg, so it’s perfectly luggable. The screen has a 1,024 x 768 pixel native resolution and is powered by the integrated graphics solution. As this laptop uses ATI’s Radeon Xpress 200M chipset, the graphics are controlled by a Mobility Radeon X300 which uses 128MB of system memory; nothing to impress gamers but perfectly adequate for general use, and better than most graphics solutions in this market segment.

As mentioned above, the Compaq nx6125 comes with an integrated fingerprint reader, and is the first HP laptop to do so. The device works with HP’s own ProtectTools software that comes pre-installed, but it doesn’t have the TPM (Trusted Platform Mobile) built in like some of its more expensive siblings.

For storage the Compaq nx6125 comes with a 60GB, 4,200rpm hard drive, along with a dual layer DVD writer so you can off-load files to disc and back-up your drive. Plus you get a 6-in-1 memory card reader and PC Card slot for good measure. For a bit of future-proofing there is also a Express card slot. Cards to fit in this slot are rather thin on the ground at the moment, but lots of options are promised for the coming months.

As it’s a business notebook you would expect the Compaq nx6125 to have plenty of options to connect to the outside world, and it doesn’t disappoint. 802.11b/g wireless, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet and a 56Kbps modem are all built in. There are also three USB 2 ports along with a FireWire port.

HP preinstalls Windows XP Professional and a wealth of own-branded software including HP One-Touch Button Software, the HP Wireless Assistant, HP Local Recovery and various other tools. The latter include Sonic Recordnow, Intervideo WinDVD player and Norton Antivirus. There’s also a software CD with Intervideo WinDVD Creator for basic DVD authoring. As standard this laptop comes with just a one-year parts and labour warranty.

Company: HP

Contact: 0845 270 4222


Verdict
A well priced, well featured, no nonsense business laptop that provides enough performance for most road warriors' requirements, with the benefit of additional security through the fingerprint reader.