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HP Omnibook 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the connectivity and size. The performance and design also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the sound and value for money, while comments are divided on the battery.

portability, design, performance, size, connectivity

value for money, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Omnibook 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 25 reviews)

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HP Omnibook 500

 

New 3.8-pound ultraportable can use three batteries at once when you add its 1.6-pound media slice.

Frequent travelers with deep pockets will appreciate the fast, handsome Omnibook 500 the most. Its flexible design lets you trim connections to lower the notebook's weight, or add bays and legacy ports and even use three batteries at once. All but...

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HP OmniBook 500

 

The HP Omnibook 500 is a study in dichotomy. At 1.1 inches thick and 3.9 pounds system weight, it is one of the thinnest yet heaviest one-spindle notebooks in our roundup. Its hardware configuration is on the low end, but its $2,855 price tag is high....

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Substandard product, don't waste your money!

 

My Omnibook 500 is 4.5 months old. To date, I have already had to replace the hard drive and the system RAM. Now the lcd display panel has gone completely white and needs to be replaced ($600 ). The keyboard works sometimes. From my research, I found...

Small, lightweight

Poor quality parts, unreliable

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Great travel laptop

 

This laptop is not for everyone. If you have need for CD or floppy drives while on the road -- buy something larger. If like me, you connect to the internet for everything -- consider this model. This is my "second machine", as such I don't need a...

Small, light, solid, professional. Cool blue LED's. Easy to swap HD's.

No IrDA or serial port, pointing stick mouse, click after playing audio, low audio levels.

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"Not As Advertised"

 

Many ads claim that Omnibook 500 won a PCMagazine Editor's Choice award. Wow! Big deal! The reality is those awards do not reflect the true value of the products and Omnibook 500 has been a clear example of this deceptive tactic.

slim and light

poor battery life, no IR-port, bad customer/tech support

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Let's replace Pointing Stick on Touch Pad, and all will be more better!

 

My HP OmniBook 500 was equipped with the mother board from Hewlett-Packard with chipset Intel 440BX, processor Intel Mobile Pentium III/600 (Geyserville) SpeedStep (the velocity of work of this processor is operated by software), memory of volume 64...

Lightweight and enough small, fast, perfect design, good set of software, docking station

Pointing Stick, no infra red port

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HP Omnibook500

 

I purchased my Omnibook500 about a month ago and had owned several different notebooks by Toshiba, Sony, and IBM. I use the notebook about 5 hours a day. I use the notebook mostly for computation and field data analysis. In terms of performance,...

small, compact and fairly light

No IR port. Battery life shorter than HP claims. Tech support is horrible.

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HP Omnibook 500 (Pentium III 750 MHz, 256MB RAM)

 

This laptop's hardware is on the money, but its warranty and phone support miss the mark.

Compact size ; versatile docking station ; integrated wireless connectivity ; speedy ; big hard drive

Mere one-year warranty ; fee-based tech support

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Hewlett Packard OmniBook 500

 

As desirable as notebooks can be, but at a big price.

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HP OmniBook 500 Mobile Pentium III 600MHz

 

Size can be a real dilemma. You want a light, compact notebook that won't dislodge your shoulder from its socket as you run through the airport. But small notebooks usually mean compromise, and you're not willing to sacrifice capability HP may have the...

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Product Specifications

If you think all notebook PCs look alike, take another look - because HP has created a notebook PC especially for you, the small/medium business or enterprise executive. The HP OmniBook 500 combines full PC functionality and maximum portability in a sleek package designed to reflect your status and your style. What's more, this notebook PC doesn't trade off sensibility for sophistication: its casing makes it highly durable, its surfaces prevent slips and ensure your computing comfort. And of course, like all HP OmniBooks, this one comes with the unequaled reliability, performance, and value that distinguish the entire HP OmniBook family.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:256KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.1in/8.7in
Height:1.8in/1in
Weight:3.5lbs/5.3lbs
Width:10.9in/11.8in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:France
Localization:French
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP OmniBook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Scroll button / TrackPoint/Keyboard / TrackPoint

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:100MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Gray

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56.6Kbps/56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:Bell 103 / Bell 212A / ITU V.21 / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.23 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.90 / X2/ITU V.90
Type:Fax / modem/Network / modem combo

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter/None

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x/8x
Type:CD-ROM/DVD-ROM

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 2000/Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor

Clock Speed:600MHz/700MHz/750MHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Type:Pentium III/Pentium III-M

RAM

Installed Size:128MB/256MB/64MB
Max Supported Size:512MB
Technology:SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:20GB/30GB/7.5GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business

Video Memory

Installed Size:8MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI RAGE Mobility M1