Accessories used with HP Compaq nw9440
I have four main accessories that I use with this laptop. The first is, as mentioned, the HP Docking Station. I like the regular docking station over the advanced model, because I wouldn’t use the extra features of the advanced model to justify the price hike. With my dock, I can put the laptop down, hit the power button and go. No spending time connecting cables, because everything is pre-connected.
The second accessory I use with this notebook, when I’m unable to be at my two main work areas with my familiar peripherals, is the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000. This is a very compact little guy that runs off a single AA battery and includes a slot to keep the transmitter attached to the mouse when not in use. Attaching the transmitter also serves to power the mouse down, which saves battery life. If this mouse is anything like my other wireless Microsoft mice, I expect to get over six months of use before changing the battery. As it runs on a single AA battery instead of a pair, though, even three months will be good. Although smallish and only including the standard three buttons and wheel (no browser ‘back’ button), this mouse gets the job done on the road without a lot of bulk.
The third accessory that I have and use is the PCMCIA Bluetooth card from Zoom Technologies. This little card does as it says, works just as well as integrated Bluetooth, and doesn’t consume power unless I have the Bluetooth Manager running on my laptop. When it is on, there is a very tiny green LED that blinks to let you know. It’s bright enough that you can see it if you’re looking for it, but it’s not noticeable enough to be annoying. Overall, I’ve not had a single problem with this card, and believe it is a great option as a workaround for laptops without integrated Bluetooth where the user does not want to mess with a USB dongle.
The final accessory I have is the Targus 17” Platinum Deluxe Notebook Case. This notebook case does everything asked of it. It has plenty of room to fit my laptop inside, and can even fit the power brick beside the laptop with a small Velcro, padded divider. I’ve heard complaints about other so-called 17” laptop cases not actually fitting a 17” laptop, so I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It also has plenty of storage pockets to keep things organized. The zippers are tough, the padding is more than adequate, and the looks are business-like enough to satisfy me.