SAN FRANCISCO (06/23/2000) - Want a notebook that complements your business suits while satisfying your power needs? Hewlett-Packard Co.'s OmniBook 6000 comes resplendent in a sleek new silver-purple case with a handy grip, and includes an easy-on-the-eyes 14.1-inch screen. In addition, Intel Corp.'s Pentium III-600/500 SpeedStep CPU provides this beauty with plenty of muscle.
Running Windows 2000 Professional, the US$2399 OmniBook 6000 earned a score of 129 on our PC WorldBench 2000 tests--marking it as a strong performer for its processor class. Its battery life impressed us, too: The unit lasted 3.5 hours in our tests. If you need more work time, you can pop in a second battery; the notebook conveniently shows full-power/charging LEDs for both. You may want to supplement the system's standard 64MB of RAM, however, to give Win 2K and yourself more room to work.
Replacing HP's OmniBook 4150, this new model offers travelers both a built-in modem and an ethernet port. Our shipping unit came with a 5.7GB hard disk--adequate for most needs--plus standard floppy and CD-ROM drive modules for the media bay. You can easily hot-swap both modules--though the system may balk if you remove one without using the utility that verifies "module off."
DVD-ROM, CD-RW, Zip, LS-120, and second hard drive modules are also available.
The OmniBook 6000, which weighs 6.8 pounds, comes with a three-year warranty.
The notebook's pointing stick and touchpad, which you can use simultaneously, are responsive, but the keyboard feels cramped, especially for a full-size notebook. The unit offers convenient volume and mute controls on the side, plus a functional resume/suspend button. HP offers an optional $99 Smart Card and reader for extra security.
Business travelers should be very satisfied with this notebook's power and battery life, as well as with its looks.
PRO: It's powerful and sleek, and has good battery life.
CON: Keyboard a bit cramped, could use more RAM.
VALUE: Good choice for mainstream business use.
Street price: $2399
This product has been evaluated using tests designed by the PC World Test Center.