Compaq is one of the companies lately that has gained a reputation for offering laptops at prices that are somewhat more affordable for the consumer. And if you are considering a Compaq laptop, a good choice may be the Compaq Presario V2000.

The Compaq Presario V2000 laptop is a lightweight attractive unit that features a great 14.1 inch screen and excellent battery life. It weighs in at only 6.1 pounds and is compact and easy to carry with you. It is worthwhile to spend the extra $25 or so to upgrade to the optional 12-cell battery that lasts almost 6 hours.

This Compaq laptop includes a bright WXGA screen with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels. But you will not strain your eyes trying to read the screen, as it displays icons large enough to see and read plus includes an extra inch of width. Though not as tall, it is as wide as a standard 15 inch screen.

The keyboard is responsive to touch and hardly make any noise when the keys are depressed. The V200 also includes a lock button for the touchpad that prevents the cursor from wandering as you input your information. The standard version includes an optical drive, FireWire port, three USB ports, and a convenient six-in-one card reader. The six-in-one card reader makes it really easy to grab data from your camera or PDA.

Speakers are front mounted on this Compaq laptop and have a surprisingly full and robust sound. Volume control is located right at the top of the keyboard.

The hard drive and memory compartments are protected by grooved panels held in by screws, which are clearly identifiable on the bottom of the laptop computer. The computer also includes WiFi access with blue LED status lights that are located on the front.

Even if you do not travel a lot, the Compaq Presario V2000 will make a suitable replacement for your desktop PC, when it is used in conjunction with HPs Xb2000 expansion base. The base serves as a notebook stand and port replicator and includes built in speakers. It can also accommodate an additional hard drive and includes a wireless keyboard and mouse.

This particular Compaq laptop is perfect for travelers and homebodies alike. But for those on the go, it helps that it is lightweight with an easily readable widescreen and long battery life.