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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  • OrSin - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    No video benchmarks at all. I'm not saying test BF2, but something would be nice.
    I think the AMD laptops would show some definate leads in that.
    Reply
  • raskren - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    It sounds like you want to see a benchmark where the AMD offerings *might* show an advantage over Intel so you can feel better about *your* company.

    These are not for gaming. Why should Anand waste his time?

    Why don't we do some Geo Metro top speed testing as well?
    Reply
  • hondaman - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    Has nothing to do with amd vs intel.

    Has everything to do with how well laptops do compared to desktops in games.
    Reply
  • hondaman - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    I was dissappointed about this too. It was the first thing i looked for when I read this article today on anandtech. I wanted some game benchmarks.

    Anyone who buys a 600.00 laptop isnt buying it for games, however, I _am_ in the market for a laptop in the 1000.00 range, and I would like to do some casual gaming here and there on it. Severeral of these laptops reviewed share the same video processor as some laptops much more expensive, and good laptop reviews are so hard to come by.
    Reply
  • Hacp - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    Bottom line, gaming on integrated graphics is non existant. If you want a gaming laptop, get dedicated graphics. Reply
  • PrinceGaz - Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - link

    Gaming does not necessarily mean playing the very latest games, and at the highest graphics quality settings. Some people seem to think all that matters with a game is how pretty the graphics are, and discard it when something that looks better comes along. Gameplay is more important to me, and there are plenty of older games that are just as much fun to play as the current hits.

    I'm sure all of these $600 laptops with their integrated graphics (especially ATI) would be quite capable of playing the top games of the 2001-2002 era very well, and do a decent job with some later titles as well. The only likely probloem is the 256MB system memory which has to be shared with graphics-- but an upgrade to 512MB is the first thing most people would do to these laptops anyway to make them more flexible.
    Reply
  • mikecel79 - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    Why? Who is going to try and game on one of these things? Reply
  • oupei - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    maybe some RTS games or something would have been nice. Reply
  • Hacp - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    Gaming would be horrible. WHo would wnat to play halflife 2 at 800x600 at 24 frames per second?

    I have a V2000Z and tried playing some games on it. It sucks. About the only "modern" game that I can play is Civ VI.

    I'm pretty sure that older games will run fine on it though.
    Reply
  • bjacobson - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - link

    Do you have the x300 ATi or the Intel graphics? I'm thinking of getting one of these boards too. Reply

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