You might wonder why we'd give a Gold award to a notebook with a 1.4GHz Celeron M 360 processor, just 256MB of DDR RAM and no DVD writer. Well, the reason is the price tag - just £469. Including VAT.

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It's certainly not the fastest notebook we've seen - a WorldBench 5 score of 62 suggests the nx6110 would struggle with complex tasks such as video encoding, and you certainly won't be able to run games on it. However, if it's just office work you want to do the nx6110 won't let you down.

The 40GB hard drive will store plenty of files, and although there isn't a DVD writer you can still back up to CD. At a mere 2.7kg and around 3cm thick, it's no problem to carry around, and if you're taking it on the road, then the 200-minute battery life will help too.

There's no office suite, but the nx6110 does come with some basic applications such as Acrobat Reader and Sonic RecordNow. HP has added some tools that business users might find useful, such as ProtectTools, which keeps your sensitive data safe, as well as support software.

Provided you don't have to do anything that requires high levels of detail then the screen should be fine. It's a 15in TFT that only stretches to a resolution of 1,024x768 and is supported by an onboard Intel Media Graphics Accelerator 900 chip.

HP Compaq nx6110: Specs

  • 1.4GHz Intel Celeron M 340 processor
  • Windows XP Home
  • 256MB DDR RAM
  • 15in 1,024x768 TFT display
  • 24x/24x/24x/8x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW/DVD-ROM) drive
  • 802.11b/g facilities
  • 329x267x30mm
  • 2.7kg
  • 1-year parts-and-labour warranty
  • 1.4GHz Intel Celeron M 340 processor
  • Windows XP Home
  • 256MB DDR RAM
  • 15in 1,024x768 TFT display
  • 24x/24x/24x/8x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW/DVD-ROM) drive
  • 802.11b/g facilities
  • 329x267x30mm
  • 2.7kg
  • 1-year parts-and-labour warranty

OUR VERDICT

A solid business notebook for under £500 - you'll struggle to find a better deal from a big-name firm. It might not set the world on fire in terms of performance, but it should be a perfectly adequate workhorse. Battery life is impressive and its diminutive frame makes this laptop very portable.

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