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HP Compaq nc8430 Series Business Notebook

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 reviews of HP Compaq nc8430 Series Business Notebook. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the durability and reliability are on the whole positive. The portability and screen also get good feedback, but there are some mixed reviews about the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Compaq nc8430 Series Business Notebook is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of HP Compaq nc8430 Series Business Notebook from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Views about the price and image quality are overall positive. The durability and reliability also get good feedback.

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May, 2018

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Review HP Compaq nc8430 Notebook


Executive Assistant. Hewlett-Packard Compaq nc8430 is a high-perf

High-quality material, fine haptics ; Partly very robust, because of magnesium alloy parts ; Security through a fingerprint reader ; High-qualitative, user-friendly input devices ; Non-reflecting display, good illumination ; Good performance through...

Case partly little pressure resistant ; Moderate brightness of the display

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

HP Compaq nc8430


The HP Compaq nc8430 offers all the tools to maximize productivity, including a big screen, powerful components, and security features.

Large screen size for enhanced productivity. Good graphics card for 3D-intensive apps. Extensive warranty. Performance scores topped the Lenovo T60 Widescreen's.

Pointing stick is not as good as a ThinkPad's—it requires one too many mouse clicks.

more laptop reviews: • Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)• Dell Latitude 7280• Samsung Galaxy Book (12-Inch, LTE)• Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1• LG gram 14 (2017)• more

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Greg Ross (

HP nc8430 with Core 2 Duo and X1600 Review (pics, specs)


The nc8430 is HP's business class high-powered 15.4" notebook, often popular for its solid build, gaming capability, and business class support through HP. It starts at a base price of $1,449 with a three year standard warranty, but you can purchase...

With 2GB of RAM, the computer rarely (if ever) has to use the HDDs virtual RAM. As I'm typing this review up, with only a few small applications running and a LOT of background applications silently working, I still have about 1400MB of unused RAM

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : BlazinBWF (

HP Compaq nc8430 Review (pics, specs)


This notebook also comes with a few nice bells and whistles like Bluetooth, Intel's Centrino Core Duo mobile technology, biometric fingerprint sensor, an ambient light sensor, a wireless on and off button, as well as a presentation mode button,...

Top notch build quality ; Fantastic performance ; Bright high quality screen ; Standard 3 year warranty ; Relatively cool operation ; Very respectable battery life ; Excellent keyboard layout

Expensive ; Annoying USB port placement ; Ugly keyboard font ; Long reach between the right and left click mouse buttons ; Very little literature

I called tech support just once as this computer comes with very little literature (which is not such a great thing). I wanted to know how to properly install memory on this computer. When I called I got ahold of someone to help me very quickly -- I...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Greg Ross (

HP nc8430 With Core 2 Duo Review -- Part 3


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Jan, 2003

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (

Hewlett-Packard Compaq nc8430


HP is well known for producing classy, yet utilitarian notebooks that offer strong performance and value. Their high-end business model, the Compaq nc...

Strong performance, Gaming capabilities


With the nc8430 you get what you pay for. While it may cost a little more than some other dual core machines, it offers great performance across both desktop tasks and gaming, and has all the features you'd expect to find in a high-end business unit.

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Philip Barker and Michael Browne (

HP Compaq nc8430 review


A well-constructed widescreen laptop for corporate users

Aug, 2006

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HP Business nc8430


The HP Business nc8430 is a slim and lightweight laptop that measures just 1.1-inches at the front and 1.4-inches round the back. It has a 15.4-inch widescreen display with a 1,650x1,050 native resolution. On the inside it has a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo...

Mar, 2009

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HP NC8430


The refurbisher of this product should have known better than to supply it with an inadequate AC adapter. Doesn't inspire confidence in their products or workmanship.

not bad for the price, even if it is a Compaq ; some signs of wear, but in reasonable shape

Shipped with an inadequate AC adapter. Unit requires 90W adapter and was shipped with a 65W. Adapter cuts out repeated from overheating and laptop has repeating pop-up warning to attach higher capacity adapter. Refurbisher wouldn't rectify, but Newegg...

Oct, 2013

Consumer review (

Awesome notebook


the core 2 duo T7200, Radeon x1600, lightweight, and great res.

only small inconveniences: I loaded Vista on it, it increased the boot up time by around 10-15s but that's a vista problem.

Dec, 2007

Product Specifications

Designed for professionals who take their tools as seriously as their work, the powerful HP Compaq nc8430 Notebook PC combines cutting-edge mobile computing technologies, high-end graphics, and high-resolution displays into a thin and light package.


Audio system:24-bit DAC / CNA Audio HP Premier Sound 24-bit / HP Premier Sound / HP Premier Sound High Definition Audio 24-bit DAC
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery life (max):4
Number of battery cells:8
Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/4MB


Front Camera:N

Dimensions & Weight


Disk Drive

Diskette drive:N


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:15.4
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1680 x 1050

Display (Projector)

Color Support:Up to 16.2 million colors
Color Support:Up to 16.2 million colors
Diagonal Size:15.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.1cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800/1680 x 1050
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:90
Power Management:8-cell Lithium-Ion, secondary 8-cell HP Extended Life Battery (sold separately)

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon X1600
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256

Hard Drive

Diskette drive:N


Country Kits:Canada/Denmark/Europe/Italy/Norway/Switzerland/United States
Localization:Danish/English/French/French / German / Italian/Italian/Norwegian
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Compaq Business Notebook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad / Pointing stick/Keyboard / Pointing stick / Touchpad/Pointing stick / Touchpad / Keyboard


Keyboard type:Full-sized
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Pointing Stick


Data Bus Speed:667MHz


Internal memory:0.5 / 1
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory layout:1 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade:4


Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:Bell 103J / Bell 212A / ITU T.30 / ITU T.4 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.21 / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.23 / ITU V.250 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.80 / ITU V.8bis / ITU V.92/ITU V.21 / Bell 212A / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.23 / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.8bis / Bell 103J / ITU V.92 / ITU T.30 / ITU T.4 / ITU V.250 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.80/ITU V.80 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.250 / ITU T.4 / ITU T.30 / ITU V.92 / Bell 103J / ITU V.8bis / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.23 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.34 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.29 / ITU V.22bis / Bell 212A / ITU V.21
Type:Fax / modem


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Networking features:10/100/1000 NIC PCI Express Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless LAN
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / 802.11a/b/g

Operational Conditions

Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):5 - 90 / 5 - 95
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 80
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 80
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 80
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 80

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-ROM

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 4x (DVD/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD/24x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD
Write Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Other Features

Applications supported:Windows Vista Premium ready
Audio system:24-bit DAC / CNA Audio HP Premier Sound 24-bit / HP Premier Sound / HP Premier Sound High Definition Audio 24-bit DAC
Compatible operating systems:FreeDOS, Windows 2000 / FreeDOS, Windows 2000 drivers available on
Dimensions (WxDxH):14.1 x 10.2 x 1.1
Docking solution:HP Basic Docking Station, HP Advanced Docking Station, HP External MultiBay II, HP Adjustable Notebook Stand (all sold separately)
Graphics adapter family:AMD
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:56K / V.92 / V.92 Data/Fax
Multi-bay devices:Optional external Multibay II devices
Power Requirements:90W / External 90W Smart AC adapter\n8-cell Lithium-Ion battery, secondary 8-cell HP Extended Life Battery (sold separately)
Protection tools:HP ProtectTools Security Manager, HP Drivelock, HP TPM Embedded Security Chip, HP Biometric Fingerprint Sensor (optional)
Relative humidity:10 - 90
Security Features:HP ProtectTools Security Manager\nHP DriveLock\nHP integrated TPM chip
Supported applications:Windows Vista Premium ready
TV in port:No / Yes
Upgrade type:Windows Vista / Windows Vista capable
Wireless option type:Y
Wireless Technology:IEEE 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth / Intel LAN 802.11b/g Mini PCI card, Bluetooth / Intel Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g MOW2 / WLAN 802.11a/b/g MOW2

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Package weight:26.5

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, headphone / 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, headphone, microphone, AC adapter, RJ-11, RJ-45, S-video TV out, serial, Firewire (1394a)
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
Serial ports quantity:1
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:Y
TV out port:S-Video
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:90
Power Management:8-cell Lithium-Ion, secondary 8-cell HP Extended Life Battery (sold separately)


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Cache external:2048
Chipset:Intel 945PM Express
Clock Speed:1.66GHz/1.83GHz/2.16GHz/2GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):11 / 12
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel 945PM Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:151 / 291
Processing die size:143 / 90
Processor:T2400 / T2500 / T5600 / T7200
Processor cache:2 / 4
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Yonah
Processor core voltage (AC):1.0375 - 1.30
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Core Duo / Intel® Core™ Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.83 / 1.833 / 2
Processor front side bus:667
Processor lithography:65
Processor model:T2400 / T2500 / T5600 / T7200
Processor Number:T2300E/T2400/T2500/T5500/T5600/T7200/T7400
Processor operating modes:32-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T7000 series / Intel Core Duo T2000 series
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket 479
Processor technology:Intel Centrino Duo
Processor threads:2
Stepping:B2 / C0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):31 / 34
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core Duo

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: No
Intel 64:N / Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:27235 / 27236 / 27254 / 27255
Processor code:SL8VP
Processor package size:35 / 35 x 35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Security management:Kensington lock slot, integrated Smart Card Reader (Smart Card sold separately), Symantec Norton Internet Security
Security management description:Kensington lock slot, integrated Smart Card Reader (Smart Card sold separately), Symantec Norton Internet Security

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty


Bundled software:Adobe Acrobat Reader, HP Help & Support Center, HP Mobile Printing Driver, HP ProtectTools Security Manager, HP OpenView Radia Management Agent, InterVideo WinDVD - DVD Player, Sonic Digital Media Plus HP Backup & Recovery Manager, HP Quick Launch Buttons, HP Wireless Assistant / Adobe Acrobat Reader, HP Help and Support Center, HP Mobile Printing Driver, HP ProtectTools Security Manager, HP OpenView Radia Management Agent, InterVideo WinDVD - DVD Player, Sonic Digital Media Plus / Adobe Acrobat Reader, HP Mobile Printing, HP ProtectTools Security Manager, HP OpenView Radia Management Agent, InterVideo WinDVD, Sonic Digital Media Plus / Adobe Acrobat Reader\nHP Help and Support Center\nHP Mobile printerdriver\nHP ProtectTools Security Manager\nHP OpenView Radia Management Agent\nInterVideo WinDVD\nSonic Digital Media Plus
Operating system installed:Windows XP Professional


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:100 / 60 / 80

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA/Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:100GB/120GB/60GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino Duo
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader / SmartCard reader/Fingerprint reader / SmartCard reader/SmartCard reader
Windows Vista Certification:Windows Vista Capable


Video card features:ATI Mobility Radeon X1600

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon X1600

Weight & Dimensions