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HP Compaq nc8430 Series Business Notebook

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and battery. The reliability and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts 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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of HP Compaq nc8430 Series Business Notebook from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Compaq Business nc8430 NotebookHP Compaq NC8430 15.4" Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz, 60GB Hard Drive, 1024Mb RAM, DVD Drive, XP Profesional)HP Compaq Business nc8430 Notebook

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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

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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


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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...

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HP Compaq nc8430


The HP Compaq nc8430 ($1,680 direct) has a lot of stature for a business laptop. When it comes to meeting work deadlines and taking on various projects, this powerhouse lives up to its reputation. The 15.4-inch widescreen display is a compelling reason...

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

The nc8430 offers three things that will help boost productivity: A 15.4-inch widescreen display, excellent performance components, and good security features.

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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.

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A well-constructed widescreen laptop for corporate users

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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...

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HP Business nc8430 (Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 1GB RAM, 100GB HDD, XP Pro)


This is a good, thin and light, laptop that can pretty much do anything. The speakers are a little weak but that can easily be fixed with some external ones.

1. Size/Weight

1. Speakers are only OK

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HP Business nc8430 (Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 1GB RAM, 100GB HDD, XP Pro)


Very Fast, Nice Screen, Great Graphics, Even Better Battery Life

No ExpressCard, USB Port Layout

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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...

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 Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/4MB

Dimensions & Weight


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

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


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


Data Bus Speed:667MHz


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


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
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

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


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.66GHz/1.83GHz/2.16GHz/2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T2300E/T2400/T2500/T5500/T5600/T7200/T7400
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core Duo


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

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 Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon X1600