HP Pavilion DV1000 Entertainment Notebook PC - Multimedia Notebook A Breed Apartby Jason Clark on October 2, 2004 11:03 AM EST
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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