The Compaq Presario V3780TU Notebook is a well balanced mid range laptop aimed at home users and students. The configuration is more than enough for basic home usage and most students needs. Here is the detailed configuration:
|Microprocessor||1.83 GHz Intel Core2 Duo processor T5550|
|Microprocessor Cache||2 MB Level 2 cache|
|Memory||2048 MB (2 x 1024 MB)|
|Memory Max||Up to 4 GB (Up to 1 GB may not be available due to 32-bit operating system resource requirements)|
|Video Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100|
|Video Memory||Up to 358 MB|
|Hard Drive||250 GB (5400 rpm)|
|Multimedia Drive||SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support|
|Display||14.1” WXGA High Definition BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)|
|Fax/Modem||High speed 56K modem|
|Network Card||Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN|
|Wireless Connectivity||Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection Bluetooth|
|Sound||Altec Lansing speakers|
|Keyboard||101 key compatible keyboard with 1 Quick Launch Button|
|Pointing Device||Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical and horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad|
|PC Card Slot||One ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)|
|External Ports||– 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
– 3 USB 2.0
– TV-Out (S-video)
– Headphone out
– Microphone in
– Expansion port 3
– IEEE 1394 Firewire
– Consumer IR
– AC adapter
|Dimensions||33.4 cm (L) x 23.7 cm (W) x 2.6 cm (min H) / 3.9 cm (max H)|
|Power||-65 W AC Power Adapter
-6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
|Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic|
|Warranty and Support|
|1 year, parts and labor|
The laptop fits well in the mid range section of the notebook market. I ran various applications ranging from different web browsers, media players, development tools etc. and they all worked pretty well. The laptop might not have the fastest processor, but the configuration is balanced enough to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
There are a plethora of wired and wireless connectivity options. A 250 GB hard drive gives enough space for storing movies and songs. 2 GB of RAM (and scope for expansion up to 4 GB) provides enough juice for memory intensive applications. The 5 in 1 card reader comes in handy when you have to transfer pictures from your phone’s or digital camera’s memory card. The laptop looks great, thanks to the 14.1” screen. This is probably one of the cheapest 14.1” laptops available in the market.
The only setbacks I could notice were that of weight (2.5 kgs) and the basic version of Windows Vista.
The laptop can be easily purchased for approx 43500 INR at most Compaq and HP dealers. However, you can get it for as low as 42000 INR (with free HP bag) at some shops in Nehru Place, Delhi. At this price, it is a great choice for college students and average home users.
– 14.1” screen
– 250 GB HDD
– Number of connectivity options
– Good looks
– Heavy at 2.5 kgs
– Basic version of Windows Vista bundled
Here is how I rate it:
Value for money: 3.5
Build quality: 4
Note: In case your budget is tight, you can go for a lighter version – Compaq Presario C752TU available for approx 34000 INR. However, If you are an advanced user and can shell out some more cash, go for Sony Vaio CR35G, now available for approx 51000 INR.
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