HP Compaq Presario C500 Laptop Specs

By Andrew Tennyson

The Presario C500 has two DIMM slots for memory expansion.
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HP introduced the Compaq Presario C500 line of notebook computers in 2007. The line consists of several dozen models, and specifications vary slightly from one model to the next. In general, the Presario C500 was marketed as an affordable low- to mid-range budget notebook. Systems include the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system and a one-year warranty on all hardware. The C500 has since been discontinued.


The Presario C500 measures 14.1 inches wide, 10.1 inches deep and between 1.4 and 1.7 inches thick, depending on optional upgrades. Base models of the Presario C500 weigh 6.9 lbs. The computer is housed in a rigid plastic casing. On-board power is provided by a standard 6-cell battery. External power is available via a 65-Watt AC adapter. Additional identifying features include a 101-key keyboard and a touch pad.

Processor, Memory and Drives

Several different processors re offered for the Compaq Presario C500. Lower end versions feature an Intel Celeron M processor with a clock speed of 1.86 GHz. Higher end versions were available with Intel Pentium Dual Core processors with clock speeds starting at 1.60 GHz. Dual Core processors feature 1 megabyte of Level 2 cache and a front-side bus speed of 533 MHz. Base versions of the C500 came with 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. Systems could support up to 1 GB of RAM. For storage, the C500 came standard with 80 GB Seagate hard drives.

Display and Multimedia

The Presario C500 series feature 15.4 inch WXGA BrightView display screens -- measured diagonally -- with a 60 Hertz refresh rate and a native resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels. On-board graphics are handled by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphical processing unit. Audio is handled by a 16-bit 3D Sound Blaster Pro sound card and on-board Altec Lansing speakers. The Compaq Presario C500 series also features combination CD and DVD rewritable drives with double layer support.

Connectivity and Expansion

For connecting to the Internet or a local area network, the Presario C500 line includes both 56K fax and voice modems, as well as a built-in 10/100 Ethernet port. Some models were offered with an 802.11b/g wireless LAN card. Additional ports available on the Presario C500 include three USB 2.0 ports, one VGA port, an S-Video output and one headphone or speaker output jack.