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  • You can even run both of these applications together without facing too much of a problem
  • The only issue which I'm worried about is that this laptop comes with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, which is something I really don't like
  • Unfortunately, it is really quite expensive if I were to upgrade it and add the cost to the already hefty price tag of this laptop
  • It might not have the gaming capability of Dell's XPS M1730 or the sound superiority of Lenovo's IdeaPad Y510, but the dedicated graphic card, the superb looking design, the Blu-ray drive and the excellent overall performance really make this laptop one of the best in the middle-ranged consumer laptop

    • by honest.guy
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      HP is a very popular brand when it comes to consumer laptop. During the time when I was planning to get a new laptop for myself, a lot of my friends actually recommended HP Pavilion laptops to me. I followed their advice and went to browse for HP laptops online and also in few local computer stores. Among the many HP Pavilion laptops available, I’m particularly interested in one which is the new dv5t series or HP Pavilion dv5t.

      The model which I’m looking comes with Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4 GHz processor which can be considered as quite new, though not the latest. This processor is actually newer and faster than some of its closest competitions such as the Dell XPS M1530 but it does come at a price. This laptop is much more expensive that XPS M1530. However, it does not take away the fact that the P8600 processor really packs a punch and everything seems to run smoothly. The fact that this laptop also comes with 3GB of DDR2 memory does help a lot since processor speed and memory are the 2 deciding factors when it comes to the overall performance of the laptop. With this P8600 processor, 2.4 GHz and 3GB of memory, this laptop can run even the most demanding of applications such as Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Autodesk Maya. You can even run both of these applications together without facing too much of a problem. The only issue which I’m worried about is that this laptop comes with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, which is something I really don’t like. Vista, irregardless of the type, is a memory hogging operating system. I tried to ask the HP sales guy whether I can downgrade to XP Professional and the answer was a plain NO. This is because HP does not provide any option to downgrade the operating system. I personally prefer XP Professional since it is much faster and has less problems than Vista. I do fear that the 3GB and 2.4GHz processor might not be optimized while running on Vista. Besides that, the laptop also comes with 320GB of 5400RPM


      hard disk space. 320GB is a lot of space and it actually allows you to install a lot of applications and PC games, and you will still have ample of space to download movies and music from the Internet.

      If it is not enough, you can always utilize one of the 3 available USB 2.0 ports. You might think that 3 USB ports is not enough but don’t worry since HP is smart enough to make the eSATA port a makeshift USB port, just in case you run out of USB ports. Other ports are Firewire, media card reader (which can be used for SD, Memory Stick Pro, MMC and XD), HDMI which can be used to connect to HD-enabled LCD TV, VGA, 2 headphone jacks and also a docking station connector. The docking station connector is pretty useful and also quite rare among consumer laptops. It allows you to dock the laptop on the docking station without having to use the USB since USB connection tends to slow the transfer down. With this connector, the docking will work without any problem. Besides that, the laptop also comes with Blu-ray drive which is quite an expensive piece of hardware. With this, you can easily treat your laptop as a Blu-ray player. Also, the laptop’s wireless capability is better than most standard consumer laptops because it comes with Wireless N feature. Most consumer laptops only come with Wireless G. The problem is, there are not many people using Wireless N yet, and I’m one of them.

      In terms of the design, this is one slick looking laptop without a doubt. All the corners of the laptop have been rounded off and provide a soft design. The entire laptop body is pretty slim and at first look, you would not have realized the powerful hardware which is residing inside that slim casing. HP also takes a lot of consideration into the choice of colours and with this laptop, they decided to use silver and black. These 2 colours give the laptop design a very slick and classy look. The finishing is also very good looking since it is made ...


      • of glossy material. The armrest area and also the area around the keyboard are made of silver colour material which has a metallic feel to it. If you are familiar with Fujitsu laptops, you will notice some similarities here but I must admit this laptop does look better than Fujitsu laptops when it comes to design. And as with most higher-end consumer laptops nowadays, HP did not neglect the back of the display which has a nice-looking HP logo. One thing which I was worried about is the glossy surface of the laptop since glossy surfaces are not known to be durable. However, the sales guy assured me that the glossy surface is very durable. He actually used his finger nails to run along the glossy surface of the display set and there’s no scratch at all.

        As for the LCD display, it is a 15.4-inch WXGA Crystal which supports up to 1280 x 800 resolution. There is another version of LCD display which can support up to 1680 x 1050 but it comes at quite a hefty price. I would have upgraded if my budget allows since the higher resolution can be very helpful for my work. I don’t really need to scroll around with that high resolution. Unfortunately, it is really quite expensive if I were to upgrade it and add the cost to the already hefty price tag of this laptop. Besides that, there’s also another option which you can choose, either BrightView or BrightView Infinity. I am not very sure about this but the model which I saw only has BrightView. I asked the sales guy about it and he told me that the Infinity version looks nicer but has a slightly higher reflection rate which is not something I want. One of the reasons I don’t prefer Lenovo’s Y510 is due to its highly reflective screen and the last thing I want is to ruin this laptop with yet another reflective screen. The graphic card of this laptop is a dedicated one and is none other than the superior NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT. With this graphic card, you will be able to run

        a lot of new games such as Crysis, Call of Duty 4 and Supreme Commander and above average frame rates. This is indeed a laptop which can be used for gaming purposes. However, with the 1280 x 800 standard resolution, you can’t really play the games at higher resolution setting. As for the speakers, they are quite decent and give above average sound quality. The only thing lacking is a subwoofer and I must say Lenovo’s Y510 is far more superior to this laptop in the sound department.

        Overall, this laptop is a decent desktop replacement and also a decent home entertainment laptop. It might not have the gaming capability of Dell’s XPS M1730 or the sound superiority of Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y510, but the dedicated graphic card, the superb looking design, the Blu-ray drive and the excellent overall performance really make this laptop one of the best in the middle-ranged consumer laptop. However, this laptop is not perfect and has a few problems which might prevent me from buying it. Firstly, it is the hefty price tag of RM 4999 or USD$ 1430 which is indeed rather expensive for a middle-ranged consumer laptop. Secondly, is the high temperature caused by the graphic card especially when running memory intensive applications and also PC games. It does seem to be that the cooling system is not as good as it should be. Also, this laptop’s 6-cell battery is not good and can only last around 2 hours or lesser. It’s still tolerable since this is supposed to be a desktop replacement. The other issue is glossy surface which might look very classy and beautiful, but they do require a lot of attention since they tend to attract finger prints rather easily. And too many finger prints can be very annoying. Those weaknesses aside, this laptop is indeed a pretty solid addition to the middle-ranged consumer laptop market. It is also one of the more popular laptops around. However, with the recent release of Dell Studio XPS 16 which provides bigger screen, slicker design and better performance at a price of RM 4500, I really have to take some time to compare the 2 before making decision.




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