HP - Pavilion Laptop with Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology
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The next-generation Intel® Core™2 Duo processor is based on the innovative Intel® Core™ microarchitecture, so it runs faster and is more energy-efficient for cooler, quieter operation
17" WXGA+ high-definition widescreen display with BrightView technology and 1440 x 900 resolution
320GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GS with 512MB dedicated graphic memory; up to 2303MB total available graphics memory; S-video output and HDMI interface
QuickPlay music and DVD buttons; HP mobile remote and mobile ear bud headphones included
Built-in Pavilion Web cam with microphone makes it easy to chat with and send video mail to family and friends
5-in-1 digital media reader supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card
IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface and 4 high-speed USB 2.0 ports for fast digital video, audio and data transfer
Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector; 56 Kbps high-speed modem; Expansion Port 3 connector
Long-lasting HP Radiance Imprint high-gloss finish with inlaid wave design; backlit media control panel
Weighs 7.7 lbs. and measures just 1.6" thin for portable power; lithium-ion battery and AC adapter
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system with Service Pack 1 (SP1) preinstalled; software package included with HP Photosmart Essentials, muvee autoProducer, Cyberlink DVD Suite and more
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Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Centrino, Core, Viiv, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Processor PlatformEnhanced Intel® Centrino®
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR2
- Direct-Disc LabelingYes
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Personal Video Recorder (PVR)No
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingBuilt-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection (802.11a/b/g)
- Additional Audio/Video ConnectorsHDMI, Expansion Port 3
- AudioAltec Lansing
- Laptop WeightStandard (more than 5.5 lbs.)
- Pointing DeviceTouchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical scroll up/down pad
- Included SoftwareHP Photosmart Essentials; muvee autoProducer; Cyberlink DVD Suite and more
- Included AccessoriesHP mobile remote and ear bud headphones
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes
Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 36 reviews(36 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great for use around the house and gaming.Posted .
I bought this system on Sunday. I pretty much have been a fan for HP computers because they are powerful and budget friendly. I'd have to say that with gaming, this laptop performs almost as well as my big desktop computer which has a 2.13ghz Intel core 2duo and a fancy overclocked 512mb nvidia 8600gt vidio card. As you notice that at first when you go to system properties, the performance rating will only be a 2.6, but that was because Windows vista ran the first performance test as the same time while the computer was busy setting up the other stuff which slowed it down. But if you run the test again after everything is set up, the base rating is actually a 4.5 being that of the ram. Which is still good for Windows Vista. I mainly like the fact that this computer has a powerful vidio card that has 512 mbs of its own ram (dedicated vidio ram). Alot of lower end models will just have where the vidio card doesn't have any vidio ram of its own, but just use a portion of the main system ram to use for vidio ram, kindof like virtual vidio ram. Also this system comes with a 64 bit operating system so that it is ready for 64 bit programs in the future. I would say the only disadvantages to this computer is that the fact that it is big and bulky, so this computer really isn't suitable if you use a computer for a lot of business travel and I'd probably say the battery only last about 1 1/2 to 2 hours if you are not running demanding programs. So I'd say that these computers are mainly good for if the only portability you will be doing is getting around your home with your computer or wanting to be able to use a computer from any comfortable place around your house. Also after you get the computer setup, you would need to disable the onscreen display of the volumn controll because it tends to freeze the computer, which you can do that when you click on the circle with the window icon in the bottom left corner of the screen, then where it says start search, type "msconfig", then go to startup, then where is say HP quicktouch onscreen display, uncheck that and click ok, you will still be able to use the volumn controll, but you just won't see the meter on the screen. Other than that, this computer is great for the home user who does a good amound of gaming or multimedia:)I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
4 Gigs 'nuff saidPosted .
This is my 1st laptop purchase and WOW! 4 gigs of RAM makes this machine a beast! I have started to download all of my programs (lightening quick) . I'm a tad nervous about all of my programs installing normally due to the fact that it has 64-bit vista, however, they come out with new drivers/patches all the time. The clarity of the screen is superb. I'm trying to adjust to the 17" it's a BIG adjustment. I opted for the optimization from Best Buy Geek Squad due to the fact that it's my 1st laptop and I want it to run properly. 1 day and $129 later I got it home. However, it didn't have any recovery disks b/c that comes with the $149 package. I get home to make recovery CDs, however I got an error message "Computer does not have a drive capable of creating CDs or DVDs contact HP" Spent 1 hr on the phone w/HP on remote assistance. They are sending me the recovery CDs free of charge next day. Other than that software glitch (as the geek squad say) it is an awesome buy, everyone is envious. It isn't advertised with a TV tuner, that is only on the circuit city model, which is why this one is cheaper. TV tuner, I realized would be a waste of money, it's a laptop not a desktop so I would have to plug the cable in it each time I enter the room and unplug it when I leave, not to mention that's what a TV is for, I can't compute and watch TV @ the same time.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Powerful laptopPosted .
I LOVE this laptop. You will not find a machine with specs this great for below 1300 anywhere else. The 64 bit vista is also a wonderful addition, despite the rare compatibility issues (if you know what you are doing, you can almost certainly always get around them.) The only thing I could find fault with on this machine is the small right shift key- I am used to the wider long shift key on the right and left, whereas the shfit key on the right side of this keyboard is the size of a regular letter key. The arrow keys are also slightly smaller than I would have liked, but besides these minor keyboard issues this is an awesome machine for a fair price. The only other fault I could find was that HP includes a lot of wasteful software you have to delete after you purchase (or you can pay the geek squad to do so like the guy who wrote the review beneath mine, but I think its more cost effective to do it yourself.) Also, make sure you burn the recovery DVDs right after you boot it up for the first time; this way you can always recover your machine if it gets a virus since HP does not include the recovery discs with their machines. This laptop is AMAZING. It will do whatever you want it to do as fast as you can think it. 4gb of ram, nvidia 8600 GS, T5550 core 2 duo @1/83ghz, lightscribe DVD/CD burner, 320gb internal hdd, excellent 17in widescreen (VERY BRIGHT and crystal clear), very nice altec lansing speakers, physical design appeal (even capacitive touch buttons at the top of the keyboard!), every kind of port output you can imagine (HDMI, svideo, expansion, monitor, ethernet, 4 USBs, 2 headphones, microphone, multi-memory card, etc.) All this and the machine runs COOL- both cores were at 47 degrees after the machine being on all day, with hard drive and internal temps at 50. It even has good battery life! Can't say enough good about this machine- GO BUY ONE!!!!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
TOP LaptopPosted .
Very nice looking laptop, with good features. Very good for gaming and watching DVD's Laptop freezes sometimes, when using the volume buttons. Solution for the volume glitch: 1. start msconfig (use the vista search function) 2.go to the startup tab. 3. Disable the 'hp quicktouch display...`I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Get this while it's still good.Posted .
Alright, this is my first review, so I'll try to be positive about the product and stick to the facts and the review, aside from this introduction. HP did right with this one. They stacked the ram as high as it could go, dropped in a dedicated graphical accelerator, through in a high capacity hard drive, and crammed it all into a 17 inch case. Pros: The graphics card is an 8600M GS powered by Nvidia. It offers 512 megabites of dedicated memory. I cannot stress enough how important a good graphics card is. Don't be fooled by those cheap imitations, or those even cheaper integrated graphics. I can go into more technical details if someone wants me to, but just take it from me that this card is good. The ram is another feature of this unit that is critical. The ram will determine how fast a computer will be able to run, (although in this unit the processor will bottleneck the speed, not the ram). The 4GB of ram this unit offers is a decent amount. Windows Vista will eat up about a GB worth of ram, leaving the user 3 GB to play with. Cons: The downside is that it is heavy, and the battery life might as well be non-existent. My test run lasted just under 50 minutes, with the computer running a hardware intensive photoshop session. The unit also feels like an ungainly brick when you pick it up, the weight is just uncomfortable. Another negative point is the processor. I suppose HP had to cut back somewhere to offer this one at a price under 1500, and the processor is where they did it; putting in only a 1.8 GHz. But there is this to say: at least it is a duo, and not a dual. Conclusions: With all of the specs weighed in, and the unit itself in my hands, I can say that this was a good purchase. I'm still a little annoyed with HP over the low end processor, but I'm also very pleased with the graphics card. This is a high end computer, and it is offered at a low end price. For me, it was simply too good of a deal to pass up. And I'm glad I bought it on impulse. I hope the rest of you can get as much enjoyment from it as I can.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Power & Price - Great ComboPosted .
Awesome power for multi-tasking, beautiful bright glossy screen, decent battery life (over 2 hours) for a machine of this size and power. Allows for a second hard drive for massive storage and backup. responsive, full keyboard with numeric keypad is a pleasure as is the touchpad with scrolling. Upgraded from my HP ZD7000 (which I still use as a XP machine for older software) the monitor output for dual display usage is great for surfing while editing and the built in camera is perfect for video conferencing. The ports on the sides make ease of access a breeze. You could pay a lot more and not feel as satisfied with your laptop as this HP unit offers. I am heavy in graphics, powerpoint, website creation and text/publications for the entertainment industry and handle many video and audio formats with ram hungry software simultaneously with the HP dv9825nr. A strong tool for the business professional, our company boasts 3 of these for our top executives. The only thing missing is a HD Optical Drive, but I don't use this for a movie theatre... In addition I am quite pleased with the Best Buy sales professionals honesty in recommending this over other similar (and more expensive) offerings.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Little PowerhousePosted .
I am writing this review from the HP DV9825 that I purchased recently. I am a somewhat hardcore gamer, and I wanted a notebook that would provide me with acceptable gaming performance yet wouldn't break the bank. Needless to say, I have been astounded by this notebook. Windows Vista 64-bit flies, and I haven't found a game yet (from Starcraft to Call of Duty 4) that won't run fantastically on it. I had more compatibility issues with Vista 32-bit! This is the first 64-bit operating system that I feel represents a true step forward. The screen is absolutely gorgeous, and is large enough for plenty of games without being overly huge. This computer is a little large to carry around with you always, but the design is slim and sleek, it looks fantastic. One thing that I have noticed is that it collects fingerprints very easily, but I almost always have a microfiber cloth lying around that takes care of them right quick. All in all, if you are a gamer or someone who wants a powerful notebook for any task, this is a great choice. I would recommend this notebook to anyone.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Good, condsider this.....Posted .
Given that I am coming from a 4 year old dell Inspirion my comments maybe just guy getting a new technology computer....who is just excited about it.... I like the large clear display. Nice! 17" h/d is great. I like the quick movement through programs I like the ability to multitask like a mad man I like the quick connection with the wireless card...very easy to use. My last computer buying experince was some time ago...I bought a Dell ...at that time that was loaded down with a bunch of trial software. Have not found that with this computer. I agree with the issue from prior reivews about the keys hp offers on the top, above the key board. It seems to be causing some interuption.....however this is fixed by using the windows controls. Seems to be an hp driver issue that I would hope easily fixed through a later update. But, given that is the only issue I have run into so far....I can say I am still happy. Good price for large hard drive, lots of ram, intel processor, and 17" size. Good buy for sure.I would recommend this to a friend