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Core 2 Duo on a Compaq Presario

After several days of loitering about at the Mall of Asia, I finally got the new laptop I was dying itching to get. I was a little confused on which one to buy actually — can’t get them all on a tight budget but I was hoping for a 12.1″, a battery life of 4 to 6 hours, and some CPU power of a Core Duo or a Core 2. Turns out, looks and black beauty counts too! Nahhh, it wasn’t a MacBook Pro but I got something close to that.

Here’s the new rig:

Compaq Presario V3000
Intel Core 2 Duo (T5500) 1.66GHz
14.1″ WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280×800)
Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 950
8X DVD+/-R/RW w/ Double Layer Support
Built-in Card Reader (SD, MMC, MS/Pro, XD)
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
ExpressCard/54 slot
Altec Lansing Speakers

Compaq Presario V3000


I’ve been carrying it around whole day yesterday and at 5.39 lb, it’s a bit heavier than my old 12″ notebook so it’ll take a while getting used to it.

Macbook Pro

We went to Connie’s house in Antipolo for a vidcast interview so I got to place my rig beside her 2-month old MacBook Pro for a blow by blow comparison — guess who topped the swimsuit competition?

Compaq Presario V3000

The whole afternoon was spent at Vieux Chalet eating our guts out. Really nice Swiss restaurant this Vieux Chalet, just too far to get to. Thanks to the lovely owner who treated us for lunch. This place is really worth the visit. Pictures will be uploaded later. Also watch out for Connie’s video interview anytime soon.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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33 Responses

  1. issai says:

    quads are on the way!!! hehe

  2. Noemi says:

    you have a new toy to fiddle with. Let me see, who won? MacBook Pro?

    I’ve been to View Chalet in the mid eighties when I was pregnant with Lauren. That place has been around like forever. Kudos to the owner.

  3. rose says:

    Judging from the pic, the one with the cat wallpaper is a Black MacBook not a MacBook Pro.

  4. touche says:

    how much is it?and where did you buy it? is this the laptop that blogging bought too?lol

  5. yuga says:

    @ rose

    ahh yes! just a MacBook.

    @ noemi

    really nice place there, and the food is just awesome.

    @ touche

    Php74k because of added 512MB RAM. Yup, pretty much a notebook bought by blogging. ;)

  6. kid says:

    how’s the battery life?

  7. issai says:

    yuga, your blog is soooo addicting… i actually don’t have my own blog for tech stuff so i go to yours… i don’t have the time writing soooo… i know this post is very irrelevant… but because of you i found solace in your blogs… and i’m very familiar of the word “yuga”…

    i just registered to your wordpress but i still gotta understand what it is and how it works… lolz… i just registered for some unknown reason…. hehe

    hopefully presario doesn’t use sony batteries… have fun with the new toy…

  8. Gloria says:

    wow!!! laway ako. he he. enjoy!!! :-D

  9. Dusty says:

    Nice! But the Blue Cobalt would’ve given you more for your money. Saw it at the Mobile Pilipinas Show in ATC.

    Here are some specs: (P79,995)

    Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83 GHz)
    Intel 945PM (2MB L2, 667 MHz FSB)
    1GB DDR2 533 (Unifosa)
    15.4″ WXGA (1280×800), Anti-glare
    Nvidia GeForce Go 6400
    80GB Fujitsu (SATA)
    DVD+/-RW Dual Writer
    3-in-1 Reader (MMC / SD / MS)
    Bluetooth, Firewire, 4 x USB 2.0
    6K v.92 / GigaLAN (10/100/1000M) 56K v.92 / GigaLAN (10/100/1000M)
    Intel PRO / Wireless 3945ABG Intel PRO / Wireless 3945ABG
    6-cell Li-Ion 6-cell Li-Ion
    Fingerprint Security System

  10. markku says:

    Congrats. Dami pera ah, mukhang manlilibre to soon… ;)

    How’s the battery life?

    Di ako nakakain ng mga luto ni Connie! Sama ako next time. :)

  11. @Abe

    Nice new toy! How much were you able to get it?

    Did you avail of the extended warranty? I think they used to call it CarePaq.


    Is blue cobalt the brand or the model? The specs looks good but isn’t that a desktop model fitted on to a laptop’s body?

  12. yuga says:

    Yeah, I’ve seen that Blue Cobalt and the specs were good. Stock price of this Presario was Php69.9k plus 3.5k for added 512MB RAM.

    Acer actually has a similarly spec’ed rig but tops it with a separate 256MB nVidia card and built-in webcam — same price but the Presario had the beauty I can’t resist.

    Battery life is just over 3hrs with 1 year warranty.

    I was actually eyeing the MSI S272 originally.

  13. elmer says:

    5lbs is (IMO) little bit heavy for a notebook but i hope you’re not using it full time on the road but if you do get a nice and light notebook backpack, Congrats!!

  14. Cool. This too was one of my options for my new laptop. I was thinking of buying this model anor d HP Compaq nc4400 or Fujitsu Lifebook S7110. I settled for the Lifebook just because it has Core Duo and weighs only 4 lbs.

  15. Marc says:

    Hey Abe, if you have time maybe you can do a review on an Hp Dv6000 (Core2 15.4″WideCSV nVidia7400 WebC WiFi+BT) laptop that sells for Php85,888 at Cooltoyzph.com website.


    Compare this with yours and let us know if this is a good buy. Let me know na rin kung san mo nabili yung sayo. Thanks!

  16. Arindam Majumder says:

    i have brought a compaq presario notebook of model v6409tu but i have not got any driver so far on http://www.hp.com website.

    so can anyone help me to get the driver or send the driver
    at [email protected]

  17. prasad says:

    i have intrasted compaq laptop notebooks parcheises

  18. aying says:

    ang yaman naman ng mga toh! sana magpahiram or mamigay kayo, para may magamit kami sa bulubundukin ng MINDANAO, para sa ecology campaign namin! God bless u all! love this thing

    INTEL CORE 2 DUO, so powerful

  19. JOEY says:

    guys can you help me out i just recently bought a blue cobalt sw s96hm can you help me out i just want to upgrade my video card to geforce go 6400 is it possible? and where can i buy it? pls help tnx…

  20. Andy says:

    planning to buy a laptop on a 50k budget…What would you guys suggest?

  21. Andy says:

    a laptop with a core 2 duo processor..

  22. lyn says:

    Can you guys give comment to these specs? I really don’t need high ends… its for personal use only.

    SP: 35K


    Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2310
    (1.46GHz, 533MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache)

    Operating System FREE DOS


    Mobile Intel GM965 Chipset

    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

    14.1 inch WXGA High Definition HP BrightView Widescreen(1280×800 resolution)

    512MB DDR2 667 dual Channel, 2 user accessioble SODIMM Slots

    Hard Disk Drive 80GB 5400rpm

    Optical Drive Super Multi 8x DVD+/-RW with
    Double Layer Support
    Expansion option Express Card/ 54 Slot(also
    supports Express Card/34)
    Wireless Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
    Modem 56K High Speed
    LAN Integrated 10/100 Base-T ethernet LAN
    Audio Altec Lansing Speakers
    Battery 6 Cell Battery
    Weight 2.5 kg.
    USB Ports 3 x USB 2.0
    Firewire Yes
    Infrared Yes
    Other Features Kensington Lock

  23. Jerremiah says:

    Hi, I am wondering if you could help me please.

    I have the new Blue Cobalt Laptop.

    But I am having problems, I can’t seem to use my wireless internet in WI-FI hotspots. I went to a coffee shop and tried if I can use WI-FI. But they said that I need to turn on my Wireless, grrrrr, something, which I really don’t understand, What do I need to do? Does it need further configuration or do I need to buy some stuff to connect to my laptop? It says that has Intel Wireless Pro? is it the thing I can use to have WI-FI or I need to configure more….. please help me…..

  24. dr ac says:

    mga kuya san po may shop or pagawan ng laptop na compaq presario?… Thnaks a lot…
    I’m realy looking for compaq shop here in las piñas or in Cavite or anywhere in Manila..
    i appriecate any help…. thanks and GOd Bless……………..

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  27. Neil Bryan says:

    bah…the virus of my compaq presario v3000 is three hundred eighty five

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