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HP Compaq Presario B1200 (HP B1256TU)

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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.

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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.

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

64 Responses

  1. neville gallardo says:

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

  2. jhun-jhun says:

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

  3. 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. 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??

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  6. 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. 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. 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: [email protected]

  9. ian says:

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

  10. 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. ian says:

    hi. anyone here who wants to sell their busted b1256tu battery pack? i’m willing to buy it. just text me @ 09236598217. tnx

  12. 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 [email protected] nga pala $35.000.00 lang budget q.

  13. 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. 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 ([email protected])

  15. marck says:

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

  16. jun says:

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

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