Released in 2006 with a price tag under $600, the Compaq Presario C501NR was a budget-oriented laptop PC from technology company Hewlett-Packard. Remarkably light on features and power, the C501NR was designed for basic everyday computing. Befittingly, the computer had a pre-installed Windows Vista Home Basic operating system. The C501NR is a discontinued product as of March 2011.
Processor and Memory
Each Compaq Presario C501NR got an Intel Celeron M 430 processor, which was one of the entries of semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corp.’s low-end brand of computer chips. The processor speed was 1.73 gigahertz. Additionally, it had a 1 megabyte L2 (Level 2 cache), a secondary memory bank that stored the computer’s most frequently used data. The C501NR’s system memory consisted of 512 MB, which was stored in the computer’s lone SO-DIMM, or small dual in-line memory module, slot. The system memory used second-generational synchronous dynamic random access memory architecture, or DDR2 SDRAM.
Drives, Audio/Video and Display
Each Compaq Presario C501NR had a 80 gigabyte hard disk drive, which had a rotational speed of 5,400 revolutions per minute and connected to the computer via its Serial ATA interface. The optical drive was designed for playing and burning CDs, as well as playing DVDs. The Compaq C501NR had an Altec Lansing driver for its audio and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 controller for its video and graphics. Both features were integrated on the computer’s keyboard. Regarding its screen display, the 15.4-inch high-definition glossy widescreen supported up to 1,280 by 800 pixels in native resolution.
Networking and Connectivity
For wired and wireless local area networking, HP included a 10/100BASE-T Ethernet — a network card that provided up to 100 megabits per second in data transfer — and IEEE 802.11b/g connectivity, respectively. HP also included a fax/data modem. The RJ-45 and RJ-11 jacks accompanied the Ethernet card and modem, respectively. Other external interfaces included two USB 2.0 ports, external monitor and S-video outputs, and headphones/line-out and microphone jacks.
Physical Characteristics and Power
Supporting a silver finish and a 101-key keyboard, the Compaq Presario C501NR weighed 6.6 lbs. Its physical measurements were 10.2 inches long, 14.1 inches wide and 1.38 to 1.77 inches high from front to rear. The C501NR’s power was supplied by a 65-watt AC power adapter and a 6-cell lithium-ion battery.