Compaq Presario V2000, V2000Z and M2000Z

Although both Dell and Gateway offer good configuration options, only Compaq gives you the freedom of going AMD or Intel with their $600 notebooks.  The three notebooks that we have here today are the Compaq Presario V2000, V2000Z and M2000Z.  The two notebooks with a 'Z' at the end of their names use AMD's Sempron 2800+ processor, while the regular V2000 is based on Intel's Celeron M 360 running at 1.4GHz. 


Compaq M2000Z (left) vs. Compaq V2000 series (right)

The V2000 uses Intel's 915GM chipset and its accompanying integrated graphics.  The two AMD based notebooks, however, use ATI's RS480 chipset, and its accompanying ATI based integrated graphics solution.  But that's, of course, all on the inside; externally, they all look similar, with the exception that the V series offer widescreen displays while the M series are strictly 4:3 displays. 


The 4:3 display of the M series gives it a larger footprint (right)


Compaq M series (left) vs. Compaq V series (right)

Since Compaq keeps the general features pretty similar between all of the notebooks, regardless of CPU manufacturer, we'll be talking about all three notebooks together, and simply pointing out where they differ as we go along. 

Compaq Presario
V2000 V2000Z M2000Z
CPU Intel Celeron M 360
(1.4GHz/1MB L2/400MHz FSB)
AMD Sempron 2800+
(1.6GHz/256KB L2)
Chipset Intel 915GM ATI Radeon Xpress 200M (RS480)
Memory 256MB DDR333 (1 DIMM)
GPU Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics Integrated Radeon Xpress 200M Graphics
Display 14.1" WXGA (1280 x 768) 15" XGA (1024 x 768)
HDD 40GB Toshiba MK4025GAS 40GB Hitachi HTS541040G9AT00
Optical Storage 24X CD-RW/DVD-ROM Drive
Wireless Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Broadcom 802.11b/g
Ethernet Realtek RTL8139/810x 10/100
Modem Internal Soft 56K
Audio Conexant Integrated AC'97
Ports Headphone, microphone, PC Card slot, 2 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, Modem, VGA out, S-Video out
Mouse Trackpad
Size (L x W x H) 13.15" x 9.1" x 1.29" (min) / 1.53" (max) 13.15" x 10.8" x 1.41" (min) / 1.78" (max)
Weight 5.21 lbs 5.38 lbs 6.55 lbs
Battery 6-Cell Lithium Ion
OS and Other Software Windows XP Home SP2
Price as Configured $604.00 $604.00 $604.00
Warranty 1 year

Index Compaq Port Configuration, Build Quality and Aesthetics
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  • johnsonx - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    Inspiron 6000 (can be had for $600 on the right day)
    Acer Aspire 3003

    Rudimentary gaming benchmarks. Yes, most current games are almost unplayable on these, but some would probably play fine. I played Dungeon Siege LOA quite happily on my Inspiron 6000, and old Unreal Tournament works great (even UT2k4 is just barely playable at 640x480x16, though very ugly). It would also be nice to see how much better ATI integrated gfx are vs. Intel (and SiS Mirage 2 in the case of the Acer).
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  • hondaman - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    I agree that its long overdue for a laptop graphics gaming review. Using all the common graphics, integrated or not, like the mirage 2, x200m, 700m, 9700, and all the assorted nvidia ones. Reply
  • johnsonx - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    "with the Dell doing absolutely dismally at only 144 minutes. The only tangible advantage we can see that Gateway has in this case is that they use an older chipset"...

    The tangible disadvantage for the Dell is that they use the old NiMH battery instead of Lithium ion. I have the original version of that laptop, the Inspiron 1000. It's battery life sucked even worse, plus it died after only 5 months.

    If you even remotely care about battery life, DON'T buy a dell with the NiMH battery. Don't buy a Dell without a 1-year warranty either.

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  • ksherman - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    Is there any hope for upgrades in these laptops? Like if I poped the hood off the COmpaq (Smepron of course) and threw in a Turion MT processor... or even a pentium M for the others, is that something doable? Reply
  • Hacp - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    I know for a fact that the compaqs are upgradable. you can upgrade the processor/ram/hd/optical drive. Reply
  • bloc - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/compute...">http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopp...el=2&...

    IT's TFT XGA, not WXGA.
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  • SilverTrine - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    I'm amazed that Gateway tries to charge $50 shipping on a notebook. Anands assertion of $600 laptops is misleading, with shipping and tax this laptop is $800. Reply
  • KCjeeper - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    I purchased one of these Gateway laptops a few weeks ago and am very pleased with it. Mine came with the wireless G and I only paid $579. Reply
  • bldckstark - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    I am curious as to which company(ies) denied access to test parts. It doesn't make a whole lot of difference, but I wonder who is so embarassed of their product that they don't want them compared openly. Reply
  • bjacobson - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    Something worth noting is that the good battery life on the V2000 is thanks to the Intel 2200BG integrated wireless, not the Broadcom wireless. The Broadcom is what made the V2000z Sempron's do so poorly. Reply

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