The Good Extremely affordable; good keyboard; reasonable execution.
The Bad Not enough on connectors and expansion options; no fastener between the lid and the screen sections; amazingly located touchpad.
The Bottom Line The HP Compaq 6720s is a budget-friendly business notebook that can fit the bill if you don’t need serious processor or graphics power, and chances are you spend most of your time in the office rather than on the go.
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The HP Compaq 6720s are definitely on the budget end of the laptop. The 6720s, which is part of the company’s balanced mobility range, has three versions: we looked at the least expensive £ 379 model and the other two cost £ 435 and £ 489 respectively. The most obvious questions about the6720s are: what was missed to reach the price point, and how useful is it as a portable wheelchair for business?
This is a medium size laptop with a size of 358 by 32 by 267 mm. It weighs an insignificant 2.5 kg.
The wide gray recess on the lid and the black base do not hold together with an unsecured clasp. If you intend to carry this notebook, you need to make sure that it is kept separate from pens and other items that might slip between the two sections and damage the screen. Otherwise, HP was able to make a little effort to develop, despite its entry-level status.
The lugs of the cover are recessed into the back of the case so that the base of the cover rotates downwards to the table when you open the laptop. While it has no practical benefit that we can see, it is excellent.
Above the keyboard, embedded in the anorey, which also has speakers, is an on / off switch that has a blue backlight when the laptop is turned on. On the left is the wireless / off button, which glows in dark blue when Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are activated.
The power connector is on the left side of the system. It has a light that glows orange for most of the battery cycle, changing the timbre for the last 10 percent or so, and turning off when full power is reached. The pale blue light of the Caps Lock key illuminates when the function is activated.
The screen is 15.4 inches diagonal and has a built-in resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The screen is sharp and crisp, has a matte finish, not a reflective coating. This means that you need to be able to work on reasonable comfort with a light source behind you, such as near an office window.
The keyboard doesn’t really stretch the full width of the available area, but their keys are very large and we didn’t have any problems with touch typing. The row of numbers is supplemented by a number of function keys at two thirds of the height.
Thetouchpad is centrally located at the wrist rest area, which means that it is slightly shifted to the right with respect to the space bar and the Qwerty keys. If your typing style means that your hands are cleaning your wrists again while you work, you may find that the touchpad falls under your right hand, causing the mouse to be unintentionally moved.
Thetouchpad has a scrollbar on the right vertical side. To use it, you simply slide your finger over it to scroll through documents, web pages, and more.
Our review model of the HP Compaq 6720s has a corresponding entry-level IntelCeleron M 530 processor clocked at 1.73 GHz. While testing, we found that this laptop was a little sluggish at times. If you are most likely to want to run multiple applications at the same time or have a heavy CPU in mind, then you may want to consider one of the above 6720 models, both of which use Core 2 Duo processors.
Thelaptop has Windows Vista Business installed and its 1GB of RAM is the minimum specification for this operating system. The graphics are handled by the X3100 integrated with the Intel GL960 Expresschipset, which can dynamically access 384 MB of shared system memory.
Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11a / b / g) and Bluetooth 2.0, courtesy of the Mini-PCI Broadcom card. There is also Ethernet as well as a 56Kbps modem for those who need to switch to dial-up.
Our viewer had an 80GB hard drive that was spinning at 5,400rpm. The other two models in the range have 120 GB and 160 GB of hard drives. The right side optical drive is a DVD +/- RW SuperMultidrive and fits all three models.
There is a rather limited selection of connectors and slots. Microphone and headset jack on front, SD / MMC card slot. The front of the casing deviates from you, creating a neatly styled look, but means you might have to stumble across to find a flash card.
The Theo-Optical Drive is the only one on the right side, while a removable lithium-ion battery is placed on the back edge – which is completely obscured when the laptop is opened, thanks to the unusual lid opening system.
The left panel has Ethernet and modem ports, as well as an aVGA connector, an ExpressCard slot, and three USB ports. The latter are stacked side by side in the front, and if your peripherals are consistently volumetric, you can try using all three at the same time.
The HP Compaq 6720s received a Windows Experience Index (WEI) 2.0 of 5.9. WEI corresponds to the lowest component score based on the graphics subsystem (Windows Aero desktop performance).
The highest component score is 4.9, obtained from the main hard disk (data rate on the disk). As a result, it was 2.8 for gaming graphics (3D business and gaming performance), 3.9 for processor (computation per second) and 4.5 for RAM (memory operations per second). .
This is a budget laptop, so moderate specs are to be expected. The range of connectors is not huge, there is no fingerprint recognition, no webcam and no large-scale wireless networks such as 3G, HSDPA.
However, what this laptop does work quite well. In addition to the Aero graphics, WEIscores suggest that the 6720 is a competent performer, and this can be a good fit if you don’t need serious CPU or graphics power, and are likely to spend most of your time in the office rather than traveling.
Additional editing by Shannon Doubleday