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HP Compaq Presario B1200 (HP B1256TU)

Since I first bought the Compaq Presario V3000 over a year ago, I’ve been a fan of HP’s line of laptops. So, after selling off that old model, I went back and got an almost similar but lighter version — the Compaq Presario HP B1256TU.

At a smaller form factor, the Compaq Presario’s 12.1″ screen is as clear and bright as the v3000 series. The screen real estate still supports up to 1280×800 pixels, powered by a embedded Intel GMA X3100 graphics hardware.

Compaq Presario B1200

It’s lighter too — 1.79kg is just over 4 lbs. It’s not on the top end of HP (the tx2000 series is) but this rig has an Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 that runs at 2.0 GHz with a default 1024 MB (2x512MB) of RAM. The 160GB of HDD space and a DVD+RW puts it on the middle of the scale in storage space.

It’s almost complete in the connectivity department too — 3 USB ports, phone modem, Gigabit LAN port, S-Video out, VGA out, Bluetooth and an SD-MMC card reader. There’s a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam too.

The external controls for the 802.11 b/g/n WiFi is also on top of the full keyboard along with speaker switch and volume control.

The speakers are now situated at the bottom front of the laptop, along with the mic and headphone jack.

This model is actually an old one and costs about Php90k when it first came out last year. It has since dropped to just over Php55k. It’s a good deal, IMO.

The drawback though is that they come out of the box with Windows Vista Home Premium and they don’t allow a free downgrade to Windows XP. That makes the default 1GB RAM enough to run the system comfortably. Worse, upgrading the memory to 2GB will require you to buy new 2 x 1GB RAM sticks and take home the 2x512MB that originally came with it. Despite the drawbacks, the recent price downgrade still makes it a good buy.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

64 Responses

  1. Avatar for neville gallardo neville gallardo says:

    ask q po sana anu ang new arrival nio ngayon?tnx…

  2. Avatar for jhun-jhun jhun-jhun says:

    i just wanna ask if what maximum hdd sata can i use for my b1200 series?

  3. Avatar for Sher Sher says:

    Hello Yuga Plz help me in this…
    i have compaq presario B1200 and i have downgrade it but i have problem while installing windows xp.it take alot of time to install windows xp.and also problem with ghrapic driver. is any one can help me??

  4. Avatar for Sher Sher says:

    i have compaq presario B1200 and i have downgrade it but i have problem while installing windows xp.it take alot of time to install windows xp.and also problem with ghrapic driver. is any one can help me??

  5. Avatar for vp10 vp10 says:

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  6. Avatar for dredda dredda says:

    hi,wanna know if where can i buy extra charger for my compaq laptop…?does compaq has any shop where can we bring our laptops if we need any repairs???thankz..

  7. Avatar for Carl O. Binayao Carl O. Binayao says:

    I have a Compaq presario 1200 that I bought last feb 3, 2009. Can I upgrade the gaming graphics of this unit?

  8. Avatar for David Miguel David Miguel says:

    We are offering the HP Compaq Presario B1200 (HP B1256TU) for sale at a very cheap and affordable price.The HP Compaq Presario B1200 (HP B1256TU) is brand new with one year factory warranty.

    For inquiry,email us on: davidelectronicw****@****.***

  9. Avatar for ian ian says:

    can i use 2gb 800mhz ddr2 on my b1256tu?

  10. Avatar for ian ian says:

    i know that the stock ram of the b1256tu is 512mb dr2 667mhz. can i use a 2Gb 800mhz ddr2 ram on it?

  11. Avatar for ian ian says:

    hi. anyone here who wants to sell their busted b1256tu battery pack? i’m willing to buy it. just text me @ 092365*****. tnx

  12. Avatar for leo leo says:

    friends i’m planning on buying a laptop this coming december 2009, i’m looking for something na pede pang high level rpg games, hindi po kz aq tech savvy, sana po ma2lungan nyo aq e2 po email q leo_c****@****.*** nga pala $35.000.00 lang budget q.

  13. Avatar for ian ian says:

    hi guys. to those running on windows xp, hows your battery life? currently, i’m only getting 45mins. on it. is there a way to extend my battery life? any configurations i could do myself? thanks

  14. Avatar for azel azel says:

    hye i got a problem to solve..i has buy a notebook Compaq presario b1200 6 month ago,when i format it i got a problem to find a comfortable driver for wireless and web cam from Compaq website..My question is do u have a driver for my notebook
    ..can u sent to,i really appreciate with your help,,,,plese email me at (noraa****@****.***)

  15. Avatar for marck marck says:

    nice laptop…is it available? i’m looking 4 a new laptop..

  16. Avatar for jun jun says:

    Hi guys i am planning to buy Compaq CQ45-319TX,55k…any comment on the unit?

  17. Avatar for Alex Alex says:

    I am now using B1200 and so far it suits me well, I am just wondering if is it advisable to run the machine in xp, I think the system can run faster with that os, I also want to know if the machine can be upgraded to have a bigger hard disk…

    thanks

  18. Avatar for jermac12 jermac12 says:

    Laptop for 30k,

    kung gusto mo ng magaan lang meron sa PCXPRESS
    18thou yata ASUSEeePc

    Kung gusto mo ng mas mataas na specs…
    Compaq, nakalimutan ko ung model eh, sa PCX din.
    maganda siya, Pentium Dual-Core yata,

    download mo sa site nila pricelist nila,

    search mo sa google PCX

    meron din yata sila laptop na less than 30k ung isa may free Canon Ip1300 printer (un ung printer ko ngaun, angbilis magprint! ang ganda ng printing). at ung isa naman my free nokia cellphone…

    hope i helped…

  19. Avatar for Jaywalker_68 Jaywalker_68 says:

    @faith

    i advice you to choose laptop girl.

  20. Avatar for Jaywalker_68 Jaywalker_68 says:

    @iceman9

    laptop for 30K?you can try acer laptops,astig din sila bro.

  21. Avatar for Jaywalker_68 Jaywalker_68 says:

    @ian

    You can buy battery at PCWORX Gilmore.

  22. Avatar for Jaywalker_68 Jaywalker_68 says:

    @Jignesh Makwana

    i think you’ll be needing sata controller for you to ba able to downgrade your laptop to win xp pro.if you need help feel free to ask me,here is my YM ID jaywalke****@****.***.

  23. Avatar for ian ian says:

    hi. do you know where i can find an extra battery pack for my unit? wish it was originally equipped with a 6-cell one.

  24. Avatar for roy roy says:

    please e-mail me and I will wait until 11am.We are First time buyers.Many Thanks

  25. Avatar for roy roy says:

    please verify,clarify,correct the information given about hp compaq presario hp b1256tu. the processor at the site of HP says 1.73Ghz Intel pentium dualcore.and not – 2.0 Ghz.Is this the right one price P55,000? We are going to buy,but is this the correct information? We saw you on tv days ago.Please enlighten me.Thank you. ..So which one should I buy,2.0Ghz HP worth P55,000?

  26. Avatar for roy roy says:

    please verify,clarify,correct the information given about hp compaq presario hp b1256tu. the processor at the site of HP says 1.73Ghz Intel pentium dualcore.and not – 2.0 Ghz.Is this the right one price P55,000? We are going to buy,but is this the correct information? We saw you on tv days ago.Please enlighten me.Thank you.

  27. Avatar for faith faith says:

    my dad asked me what i want for my birthday! im torn between a netbook or a laptop? any advice?

  28. Avatar for john gemoto john gemoto says:

    why we dont have friendster

  29. Avatar for iceman9 iceman9 says:

    can anyone suggest to me a laptop worth P30k please?

  30. Avatar for Ren Ren says:

    sometimes i can open friendster but it will take long time to open it. so, whats seems to be the problem? please tell me what to do.

  31. Avatar for Ren Ren says:

    Hi! just bought presario B1200 i can’t open friendster in it. it says like “Forbidden
    You don’t have permission to access /login.php on this server.

    Apache/1.3.39 Server at www.friendster.com Port 80”

    can anyone help me out with this please?? i will be looking forward to your reply. Thanx

  32. Avatar for Jignesh Makwana Jignesh Makwana says:

    HI,

    I also bought same model. not i want to downgrade it to win xp. can you help me how can i downgrade ?

    Thanks,
    Jignesh

  33. Avatar for kai kai says:

    got mine yesterday from asianic in megamall and i’d have to say it’s worth it na nga at 39950 :)

    they gave me a free 1gig ram (replaced the e 512mb ram with 2x1gb sticks) and a free 1gig ipod shuffle. not bad! :)

  34. Avatar for Chris Chris says:

    I bought mine yesterday..dito sa singapore..I love it! :D

    lumalabas na 44K pesos lang sya tapos may kasama nang Canon MP145 printer :D

    sulit! :D

  35. Avatar for joena joena says:

    how about its batt life span?
    thanks

  36. Avatar for ian omictin ian omictin says:

    Hello, i have a compaq presario b1200 . i am downgrading it to Windows XP and i have problems installing the drivers.. can someone help me with this? please..

  37. Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

    @edelweiza – the Core Duo version which is 1.73GHz with 512MB of RAM is just 30k+.

  38. Avatar for edelweiza edelweiza says:

    is that still available in the market? im planning to buy a laptop this month. i want value, performance and mobility and it seems this laptop has them all. plus it’s a 12-incher already. do you think the price has dropped to 30k now (my budget)? :)

  39. Avatar for Squall Squall says:

    this will fight well with XPS M1330 geforceM 8400 GS.

    advice: dont be fooled with dedicated GPU on laptop.

    GPUs are for desktop fot this time.

  40. Avatar for Lucien Tiojanco Lucien Tiojanco says:

    I wanted to get the one without Windows on it but I found out that these laptops uses Broadcom WiFi chips on them instead of Intel branded ones, meaning they’re very non-Linux friendly…

  41. Avatar for dEyv dEyv says:

    hi yuga!

    do you happen to know where to download HP webcam driver? i have presario b1265tu but i cant find any device driver for the webcam. tried the HP pavilion webcam driver but it didnt work. i cant find any drivers in their website and their email support provided me a link where to download it but it didnt work. HP webcam has a yellow question mark in device manager. i have windows vista. hope you can help.

    Thanks!

  42. Avatar for Jane Jane says:

    I just saw one at V-Mall selling for about 36k. But it’s only 512 MB RAM, 80GB HDD, no OS. Adding 1GB RAM is additional P800. They tell me speakers are Altec Lansing. So, is that ok for the price or not?

  43. Avatar for Vhone Vhone says:

    I need help regarding connection of my sony DR-BT30QA bluetooth headphones, i cannot use it to my compaq presario B1200, i can pair it to the computer`s built in bluetooth, but i cannot make the music goes out on the headphones… please teach me… thanks

  44. Avatar for Jejomar Bongat Jejomar Bongat says:

    Last Thursday I got my HP Pavillon dv2715nr. It was bought in the USA because it’s just a gift from an aunt.

    No problems with the hardware at all but IE7 crashes when I download Firefox.

    Fortunately I got a friend to e-mail the installer so I’m now using Firefox and so far I’m not having problems anyway.

    By the way, where is the HP service center here in the Philippines? I need to know JIC. Thanks. :D

  45. Avatar for Jerald Jerald says:

    What is your opinion on Acer asphire’s new line of laptops? with the same specs, you can get it at 35-40k.I bought an ACer asphire 4290 i think, 160GB, dual core, 1.8Ghz, 2Gig ram, other specs same as this. So far, its running so smooth.Impressive screen resolution and color. Only drawback that I can see is its shared video memomry. But there are other models that have dedicated memory and still price is lower than 50K. never experienced any hang-ups after playing several games. I don’t know what are its drawbacks, maybe you have reviewed them already.

  46. Avatar for Showbiz Intriga? Get It From Boy! Showbiz Intriga? Get It From Boy! says:

    why is your feed entitled “why showbiz blogs rule the blogosphere” (or something)?..no pun intended? just kidding..

    how much is this one?

  47. Avatar for minor minor says:

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    Pls vote Chocolate Hills and Tubbataha Reefs for New 7 Wonders of Nature, to vote click here

  48. Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

    @BrianB, I called almost all of them last week. Others could not say when the next shipping will arrive and when it does, there’s only 1 unit lang per store.

  49. Avatar for BrianB BrianB says:

    MacBook Ar. I don’t know why you just didn’t try megamall. I saw one on display at a shop window. That was like 3 days ago.

  50. Avatar for AnitoKid AnitoKid says:

    Will do, kabayan! Will do! :)

    .

  51. Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

    @jhay, after 2 weeks of hunting for a Macbook Air, still nada. Even went straight to the distributor.

    @anitokid, hey! send my congrats to her!

  52. Avatar for kates kates says:

    Yeah! Compaq. For non-mac laptop, I would definitely go for HP products. I was using my compaq r3000 as my main development machine and it survived the abuse for 4 years.

  53. Avatar for AnitoKid AnitoKid says:

    Hi Abe!

    Just sharing some good news, my friend!

    Remember my daughter? She had a pic-op with
    you at Bloggers Kapihan at Phi-Sci?

    Link is here:
    http://anitokid.blogspot.com/2007/09/first-bloggers-kapihan-series-at.html

    Guess what, Abe! She just graduated at the top of her class! VALEDICTORIAN!

    Pics here, my friend.
    http://anitokid.blogspot.com/2007/09/first-bloggers-kapihan-series-at.html

    All the best!

    AnitoKid

  54. Avatar for jhay jhay says:

    Still no MacBook? :P

  55. Avatar for BrianB BrianB says:

    Yeah, great deal. But it’s not a full keyboard as it does not have number keys. But still a nice buy though it’s a Compaq.

  56. Avatar for Jomark Osabel Jomark Osabel says:

    Nice lappy. I’m thinking of upgrading my core duo laptop. Have to do more research.

    By the way, do this laptop includes a firewire?

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