Review HP Compaq nx7400 Notebook

Solid Basics. The Hewlett-Packard Compaq nx7400 is optimized for office use and has a solid and robust case. Current versions of this notebook can regarding performance by all means rate high, because of their Core 2 Duo processors.

HP Compaq nx7400 Logo

Case

In contrary to the HP notebooks of the nc-series, the surfaces of the nx7400 (except for the display cover) are completely out of plastics.
This does not have any impact on the appearance. However, I want to mention, that it does not feel that good, like notebooks with a specially coated hand ball region.

Regarding robustness and flexural rigidity the plastic version hardly rates lower. The HP nx7400 is relatively rigid. If you pick up the notebook at its edges, you might still observer slight creaking noises.

The notebook's workmanship can well convince. Searching for uneven gaps or poorly attached parts is a waste of time- at least at the notebook's top side. If you turn the nx7400 around, you'll quickly discover a somewhat wobbling battery pack.

Despite of a magnesium cover the flexural rigidity of the display could be better. The hinges too allow a clear see-saw and you can discover a big play. At least, if closed, the display is well secured and no wobbling is possible.

The order of the ports is typical HP: LAN, VGA, network and power connector are in the left rear corner. The three available USB ports are similar to the audio ports relatively near the front.

Front side: no interfaces at all
HP Compaq nx7400 interfaces
Left Side: Kensington Lock, LAN, Modem, Fan, Firewire, USB, PCCard
HP Compaq nx7400 Interfaces
Back Side: Battery, VGA-Out
HP Compaq nx7400 Intefaces
Right Side: Audio, 2x USB 2.0, DVD drive
HP Compaq nx7400 Interfaces

Input Devices

The keyboard is apparently identical to those of expensive HP models. It turns the nx7400 into a durable and comfortable to use office notebook.

What comes up to you first is the clear layout of the keyboard. E.g., function keys are arranged in groups of four, Del, Ins, etc. are put together in a group above the keyboard, the cursor keys are moved a little bit more down.

The size of the keys is alright. All important keys have a good size, only the function keys are a little smaller than usual. The enter key extends over two rows as might be expected.

Typing is relatively comfortable. On the one hand there is not much resistance, on the other hand the travel ends with rather harsh stop. I would  deem of the keyboard as well suited for long time typing.

The touch pad, too, well leaves a positive mark. It reacts well and is precise in use. Furthermore, clicking both of the touch pad buttons is comfortable, because they have a clear and soft feedback.

Regarding miscellaneous additional keys, the HP nx7400 provides buttons for controlling the speaker volume and the WLan.

Touch pad
HP Compaq nx7400 Touch pad
Keyboard
HP Compaq nx7400 Keyboard
Color Diagram
HP Compaq nx7400 Display Measurement

The Hewlett-Packard Compaq nx7400 comes with a reflecting 15.4" standard display with a resolutions of 1280x800 pixels (BrightView). Additionally, a non-reflecting WXGA panel or a 1680x1050 WSXGA version are available.

The maximum brightness was measured 152.0cd/m² in the center of the display. An illumination of 82.2% is also a good value.

The measurement diagram shows the usual deviation of the blue color curve, which leads to warmer colors.

126.5
cd/m²
143.2
cd/m²
125.0
cd/m²
129.1
cd/m²
152.0
cd/m²
131.9
cd/m²
140.4
cd/m²
142.3
cd/m²
135.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 152.0 cd/m²
Average: 136.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Black: 0.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 190:1

The black value, i.e. the minimum brightness of the display is 0.8cd/m². This leads to a calculated maximum contrast of  190:1, a rather average result.

The usability of the notebook outdoors is very limited, because of the display's reflecting surface. In bright environments you can therefore expect heavy reflections.

Horizontally the display provides an amply area of operation. Especially at acute angles you will notice reflections too.
Vertically the area of operation is to be considered just sufficient. If you wander from the optimal normal vantage point a little more, you will soon discover the usual darkening or brightening.

HP Compaq nx7400 Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq nx7400 Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq nx7400 Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq nx7400 Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq nx7400 Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq nx7400 Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq nx7400 Stability to the Vantage Point
HP Compaq nx7400 Stability to the Vantage Point

Performance

3D performance is a minor matter for a typical office notebook like the HP Compaq nx7400. The integrated video chip Intel 950 GMA still allows to play older games without big demands on graphical performance and to use Windows Vista.

The T2400 Core Duo processor is also not state-of-the-art, but its performance is yet alright. Newer configurations of this notebook are already offered with Intel's Core 2 Duo CPU and should provide better performance.

The notebook comes with 1024MB PC5300 (667 MHz, 1 module) main memory. So, it's possible to easily upgrade the notebook later on. The 100GB hard disk of Fujitsu with 5400 revs rates average regarding its transfer rate and access time in the HDTune benchmark.

Further information about the video card can be found here or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the Core Duo CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors or at our benchmark list of mobile video cards, in order to compare this notebook to other configurations.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
Benchmark Comparison  PCMark
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE5226 points
3DMark 031405 points
3DMark 05498 points
3DMark 06
 
184 points
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3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
IBM Thinkpad T60
 T2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
169
Acer Extensa 5220
 540, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
177
HP nx7400
 T2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
184
Asus U1F-1P003E
 U2500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
204
Dell Vostro 1000
 TK-53, Radeon Xpress 1150
219
   ...
Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
PC Mark
PCMark 044782 points
PCMark 052903 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Sony Vaio VGN-NR11S/S
 T5250, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
2892
HP Compaq Presario CQ56-103SG
 V140, Radeon HD 4250
2901
HP nx7400
 T2400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2903
Sony Vaio VGN-C1 S/P
 T5500, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
2916
Packard Bell MX65-100
 T2050, GeForce Go 7300
2922
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
100 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 18.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 38.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 30 MB/s
Access Time: 18.4 ms
Burst Rate: 69.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.3 %

Emissions

Loudness

During idle mode or even during low office load the fan stays most of the time deactivated or very quiet. At higher demands the fan turns up, but it's still rather decent.
If one demands full load for a longer time noise levels up to 45.2dB are possible.
The noise level of the DVD drive in playback mode is acceptable at 36.4 dB.

Noise Level

Idle 34.1 / 37.8 / 36.2 dB(A)
HDD 34.5 dB(A)
DVD 36.4 / dB(A)
Load / 45.2 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

There aren't any anomalies regarding the surface temperatures, neither on the top side nor on the bottom side. Whilst we measured about 30°C in the region of the keyboard, the increase is clearly higher at the bottom side. However, the maximum temperature of 38°C cannot be criticized.

Upper side

palmwrist: 28.5°C max: 32.9°C avg: 30.2°C

Bottom side

max: 38.4°C avg: 33.4°C

Speakers

The sound is not really excellent, still it is alright for simple background music.

Battery Runtime

Especially under load the HP Compaq nx7400 does not have a long runtime. Only 70 minutes under load are, considering it is an office notebook, definitely somewhat poor. The reason is the 4000mAh battery of the notebook.

With maximum energy savings setting the notebook reached a maximum runtime of above 4 hours.

In order to be more battery-supplied, HP offers a 12 cells battery and two external battery solutions, which can be docked at the bottom side of the notebook (Extended Life Battery und Ultra Capacity Battery).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 20min
DVD
1h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 10min

Power Consumption

Idle 16.4 / 21.6 / 21.8 Watt
Load 44.3 / 43.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

In general the notebook is of good workmanship. Despite that you can discover slight weaknesses like a wobbling battery or a teetering display. Although the case is expect of the display cover (magnesium) completely out of plastics, it seems to be very robust.

The input devices are, as we are accustomed to, of high-quality and suitable for long-time typing. Even the touch pad could convince, especially its buttons, which are comfortable in use.

On the one hand the display has an acceptable brightness and illumination, on the other hand the vertical stability to the vantage point is very poor. The reflecting surface is also not ideal for office work.

The reviewed notebook was equipped with a Core Duo CPU. Currently the nx7400 is only offered with the more powerful Core 2 Duo CPU. Therefore, one can expect an increase in performance.

The HP Compaq nx7400's emissions are rather limited. The surface temperatures as well as the noise emissions are all together alright.

The battery runtime is, because of the 4000mAh battery, not really one of the notebook's strengths, especially under load. Optionally available battery packs should nevertheless ensure a longer battery runtime and therefore a battery-supplied operation.

Hewlett-Packard Compaq nx7400
Hewlett-Packard Compaq nx7400
Reviewed: Hewlett-Packard Compaq nx7400
Hewlett-Packard Compaq nx7400

Specifications

HP nx7400

:: Processor
Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83 GHz (Intel Core Duo)
:: Mainboard
Intel 945PM
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2 PC5300 SDRAM (667MHz), max. 4096MB, 1x1024MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, WXGA BrightView TFT Display, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
100 GB - 5400 rpm, 100 GB 5400 rpm Fujitsu MHV2100BH: 100GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
PCCard Typ I/II, Mikrofon, Kopfhörer (Line Out), 3x USB 2.0, VGA-Out, Firewire, Kensington Lock, LAN, Modem, Docking Connector
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28 x 357 x 260
:: Weight
2.62 kg
:: Battery
, 4000 mAh Lithium Ionen Akku
:: Price
1190 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 100GB, 5400rpm, Fujitsu MHV2100BH, AD 1981 HD Audio, DVD +/-R (DL) GSA-4082N,

 

The HP Compaq nx7400...
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Regarding noise and temperature emissions the nx7400 is alright.
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Main memory and hard disk can be changed without problems at the bottom side.
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The performance is average. With the up-to-date Core 2 Duo CPU's the performance should yet be better.
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The display's brightness and illumination are good, but the stability to the vantage point could be better.
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...are of high-quality and ideal for office use.
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The input devices, keyboard and touch pad...
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Additionally the nx7400 has a docking port at its bottom side.
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...but also on both sides near the front (USB).
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The interfaces are placed typical HP, partly near the back,...
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...the wobbling battery are weaknesses.
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Still the hinges as well as...
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...very robust.
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...is despite of its plastic case (except of the display cover, which is out of magnesium)...
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The 4000mAh battery has under load only a below-average runtime.
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Pro

  • Robust Case
  • Good Keyboard
  • Touch pad comfortable
  • Suffiecient bright display with good illumination
  • Acceptable noise and temperature emissions
  • Contra

  • Wobbling battery
  • Teetering hinges
  • Reflecting display
  • Vertical stability to the vantage point
  • Below-average battery runtime
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    Bewertung

    HP nx7400
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    80%
    Keyboard
    90%
    Pointing Device
    96%
    Connectivity
    78%
    Weight
    80%
    Battery
    60%
    Display
    88%
    Games Performance
    52%
    Application Performance
    89%
    Temperature
    79%
    Noise
    80%
    Add Points
    86%
    Average
    80%
    82%
    Office *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-02-11 (Update: 2013-05- 8)