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HP Compaq nx6125 biometric laptop

AMD's Turion gets its first HP business notebook outing

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

HP hasn't skimped on storage. The nx6125 comes with an 80GB hard drive - the review sample had a Seagate unit - with a spin speed of 5,400rpm, which is quickly becoming the norm for 2.5in HDDs. The optical drive comes from Panasonic and writes to DVD±R media at 8x, DVD±RW at 4x and DVD+R dual-layer at 2.4x. A copy of Sonic RecordNow! is included for burning discs, although this isn't a product for advanced users.

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Connectivity is also well catered for, with a total of three USB 2.0 ports, two on the left side and one on the back; a four-pin FireWire connector; a D-sub for an external monitor; S-video for use with a projector or TV; Gigabit Ethernet; and a 56Kbps modem - everything, in short, you'd expect. There is also a PC Card slot and a separate Express Card 54 bay, allowing a wide range of expansion cards, old and new, to be used with the nx6125. At the front is multi-format memory card reader that accepts SD, MMC, SmartMedia, XD and MemorySticks.

The nx6125 features built in Wi-Fi, natch. The controller is from Broadcom and supports the 802.11 b and g standards. Bluetooth is also part of the package, although I'm not a big fan of the Bluetooth code HP is using here as it's not the easiest to set up and use.

It seems that many companies still think - bizarrely - a business notebook shouldn't have a widescreen display, and that's why the nx6125 has a square 15in panel. The review model has a 1,400 x 1,050 resolution, although other models in the range only run to 1,024 x 768 - too low, in my opinion, for a screen this size. HP hasn't gone for one of the new glossy type of screens either, but the display is nonetheless bright and easy to read.

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