The 14.1" HP Compaq 6910p is one of the latest professional line portable business notebooks currently being offered by HP. The 6910p is mu ...
The 14.1" HP Compaq 6910p is one of the latest professional line portable business notebooks currently being offered by HP. The 6910p is much like the smaller 12.1" screen HP 2510p we recently reviewed in terms of looks, but of course this larger notebook packs more power. The 6910p starts at a reasonable price of $1,199 with a basic configuration that includes the Intel Core 2 Duo (Santa Rosa) processor.
The 6910p is squarely in the business notebook category, this means there is no sacrifice made when it comes to security and communications features you'd want to have as a business person. Our review model has integrated Verizon EV-DO and you can get 802.11n for faster wireless. There's a fingerprint reader for biometric security and it offers a TPM integrated security chip. The 6910p, being a business notebook, is designed so that it can share a common image with other HP notebooks if an IT department is standardizing on this brand. Furthermore, it offers Intel Centrino Pro so IT managers can remotely do such things as security updates to users machines.
The configuration of our review machine is as follows:
HP Compaq 6910p specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.00GHz
OS: Microsoft Windows Business original
Hard Drive: 400 GB SATA @ 5400RPM
Screen: 14.1" WXGA Widescreen (1280 x 800) (WXGA option available)
Graphics: Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics
RAM: 2.0GB DDR2 SDRAM....upto 4 gb
Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti drive (DVD /-RW) w/Double Layer Support
Battery: 6-cell lithium ion, 55WHr
Wireless: Intel PRO / Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n
Optional WWAN: Integrated HP ev2200 1xEV-DO Wireless Module
Dimensions: 13" (Width) x 9.4" (Depth) x 1.1" (Height)
Ports/Slots: docking connector; 1 IEEE 1394 (FireWire); 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0); VGA monitor out; S-video out; RJ-45 Ethernet LAN; RJ-11 modem; Type I/II PC Card Slot; SmartCard; SD card reader; headphone/speaker jack; microphone
Warranty: 3 year parts and labor
The 6910p is all business in its looks using only dark gray and black colors. It's a clean and boxy look. To keep the look clean HP even goes so far as to make the media buttons touch sensitive instead of regular push button style. While the touch sensitive buttons look nice and the lights on them are pretty, I personally prefer the protruding buttons as it's generally more user friendly to be able to "feel" a button. Thankfully the touch sensitive buttons do not beep loudly when touched like the old HP dv6000 series did, that wouldn't go over well in a business environment.
Performance and Benchmarks
With the Intel Santa Rosa Core 2 Duo processor platform on board you can rest assured performance will be at the top of the curve for notebooks. With our review unit we got an Intel T7300 2.00GHz processor, which is certainly adequate for a business notebook. With 2 GB of RAM on board there were no issues running Windows Vista Business and you won't get any lag when multi-tasking. You get the option of choosing between ATI Radeon X2300 graphics or Intel X3100 integrated graphics, the integrated option being cheaper but not quite as good in terms of performance. Our review unit came with the Intel integrated, which will generally be fine for most business users. The Windows Vista Index score for the 6910p was decent, the lowest score was a 3.4 for graphics (which isn't awful) and the processor scored well at 4.9