Another day, another dollar, and another multimedia notebook - no real fuss, right? Wrong! While there are several multimedia notebooks that seem to be the "same old, same old" from generations past, there are several new designs that are worth your attention.

In the general sense, we weren't too surprised with the Acer Aspire 2020. It basically was what we saw before: 15.4" wide-aspect ratio displays on a fairly large base to appriopiately accompany the screen. Notebooks like the Acer Aspire 2020, Dell Inspiron 8600, and others are clearly not designed with true mobility in mind. They cannot be taken to class, meetings, or most of all, on flights without a great deal of hassle. So, this leaves a bit of a vacuum.

While most of us would consider one of these notebooks, we would rather have a smaller multimedia notebook that we could take to such events. Basically, something that can be used for just about everything, and not just something that specializes in multimedia applications. However, we don't want that large price tag or something too heavy.

This is where HP is stepping in. HP is now technically HP/Compaq, depending on who you ask. But the bottom line is that they are one of the big three system manufacturers; the other two being Dell and IBM. One of their newest laptops is the DV1000. It is a smaller profile multimedia notebook that uses a 14.0" wide-screen display instead of the more commonly used 15.4" displays, and is suppose to hit the lower to mid- $1,000 price range.

Our $1,574 sample came equipped with:
  • 1.5GHz Banias Pentium-M
  • 80GB Fujitsu 4200RPM Hard Drive
  • 4x DVD+RW/CD-RW
  • 1 x 512MB Samsung PC2700 SODIMM system memory
  • 14.1" WXGA Samsung display with BrightView
  • 6 Cell battery (Motorola)
  • Intel's 2200BG 802.11b/g WiFi card
  • HP's Bluetooth module

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  • Biochem101 - Thursday, October 28, 2004 - link

    Ohh yeah, just to add.

    The dv1040us machine has at the minimum the following specs:

    Centrino 725 1.6GHz CPU 2mb cache
    64 mb shared video memory (cry, but im dealing with it)
    Those are the only differnces that stand out from the AT review model.
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  • Biochem101 - Thursday, October 28, 2004 - link

    I just picked one of these puppies up for ~1100 AR. When I was shopping, I was looking for a very portable laptop with some performnce. So far I love it. The screen seems to have a built in anti-glare film similar to the film used on my Sony Trinitron CRT. It provides adequate glare relief in most situations. I did notice the font blur and was somewhat dissappointed with that problem. But all in all, I found a compact, light and relatively powerful laptop with great battery performance. I havent done any performance tests on the machine yet (its the 1.6G version - dv1040us model), but I doubt there will be much difference between my machine and he one AT has reviewed here.

    imho- im glad a ran across this review, I was just looking for some info on the general performance of the chipset in the machine, not a machine specific review. KUDOS to AT for souping up their number of reviews.
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  • Pete - Sunday, October 24, 2004 - link

    BTW, the glare on this laptop was pretty harsh when I viewed it in CompUSA, although there was a very bright fluorescent light directly behind my shoulder. My eyes got tired looking at it after 15 mins, whereas the "regular" LCD on the Toshiba next to it was *very* easy to read.

    It's not just that the dv1000's screen was glossy, either. Cleartype fonts looked kind of blurry or oily, not nice at all. Actually, it's possible the screen was something like BGR, and Cleartype was set for RGB subpixel smoothing. I'll have to look into that, as the screen is this laptop's Achilles heel, and one too big for me to ignore.
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  • Pete - Sunday, October 24, 2004 - link

    No, but a faster video card will, and the BenQ Joybook 7000 has the same formfactor and screen with a Mobility Radeon 9700 to boot! I'm convinced that would sell like hotcakes here, and I'm not sure why either HP or BenQ haven't started selling them here. Apparently this Intel IGP scores 2.5K in 3DM2001, not even 2003--frickin' abysmal. I'm not even sure it'd be fast enough for something like Age of Mythology or Warcraft 3 at this screen's native res.

    Andrew, start pushing Anandtech's weight around to get a laptop with this formfactor and discrete graphics in the USA! :)
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  • airfoil - Thursday, October 07, 2004 - link

    Quote: "but for another $100 or $150, you can configure your DV1000 with a 1.7GHz Pentium-M 735 or 1.8GHz Pentium-M 745, respectfully."

    Respectfully? Does a faster prcoessor buy more respect?
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  • trikster2 - Monday, October 04, 2004 - link

    #3 that's really strange. 2gb just to play a DVD sounds excessive

    #4 Not sure who the ODM is but there is a Benq Joybean that is identicle

    #3 my main reservation with this notebook is the brightview or whatever screen. The ones I've seen on sony and fujitsu's at frys have a lot of glare. I dumped my CRT for an LCD due to glare (lots of windows) would hate to be fighting glare on a glossy laptop screen too.

    In comparison to a CRT, how bad is the glare on this laptop?

    Thanks!



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  • SDA - Sunday, October 03, 2004 - link

    Question-- who makes this notebook? (I know it has an HP sticker, but IIRC HP don't make their own notebooks like.) I ask because I'd like to see if there are any nearly identical no-name equivalents available. Reply
  • AndrewKu - Saturday, October 02, 2004 - link

    #2 - Windows is reading it wrong. Reply
  • Scarceas - Saturday, October 02, 2004 - link

    The article says a 2GB partition is used for the quickplay system.

    The screen shot shows 204MB. 204MB seems more reasonable. Might want to update that.
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  • CasmirRadon - Saturday, October 02, 2004 - link

    Sounds great, if/when my old Presario notebook craps out on me in the next year or so this will be the kind of form-factor/functionality that I will be looking for. My friend just got a Pavillion, and I must say that it makes me jealous if only for the exceedingly convenient placement of headphone/usb ports. That is the kind of feature that many of us forget to look for when shopping for a notebook, but makes all the difference after extended use. Reply

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