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Jewish World Review Feb. 24, 2006 / 26 Shevat, 5766

HP's wonder notebook

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If spending the better part of $2,500 for a notebook running Windows seems a bit daunting, as mentioned here a month back, how about forking out 11 percent less and getting even more in return?

The HP Pavilion dv8000z , which sells for $2,233.99 in the configuration I tested (before a $50 rebate), is a remarkable machine. You might tote this around work or school, but at roughly 7.5 pounds, this is really a desktop replacement system.

After powering up this 64-bit Windows powerhouse, driven by an AMD Turion 64 processor and 2 Gbytes of RAM, many will most likely notice what HP calls a "17-inch WXGA+High-Definition Ultra BrightView Widescreen display." Unpacked, this is a big display screen that is so well lit, it can play high-definition videos with stunning clarity.

While viewing HDTV requires a digital tuner, currently not supplied for the dv8000z, viewing HD videos do not. There are a couple of clips from National Geographic videos preloaded on the machine, and playing them gives a very good taste of the kind of performance this computer can give. Analog video looks equally stunning. As an HP official explained, this is the kind of machine a student could take to college, set up in a dorm room, and use as both a computer and multimedia entertainment center.

In this configuration, which includes 250 Mbytes of hard disk storage, I'd probably want to add the HP docking station, around $300, which makes for better placement and viewing of the computer at home. It's not mandatory, but a nice extra. The internal stereo speakers are quite adequate, but I'd add external ones -- the JBL "Creature" series, list $99.99, though often available for less, are an excellent choice.

The real beauty of the dv8000z is that it's a full-featured, hard working computer that many will find more than suitable for their needs. It goes back to the display, which is large and well lighted. In a word processor, I can see things far more clearly because of the "dual lamp" technology HP uses on the display. The same holds for image viewing and editing -- this is the kind of portable I wouldn't mind editing photos with, since viewing them is so delightful.

Even the bean-counters among us will find something else to like: along with the full-sized keyboard, HP provides a built-in numeric keypad, along with extra page up/page down keys, to make navigating spreadsheets, entering data and controlling some games even easier. You can do that in a 17-inch portable and many makers add this while some, such as Dell and Toshiba, don't.

Finally, a 64-bit processor isn't anything to sneeze at: when the next generation of Microsoft Windows arrives in 64-bit splendor, you'll be ready for it and the associated applications, which one imagines should run faster than their 32-bit predecessors. I can also add that the Beta of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 performed flawlessly here.

It's a matter of individual choice, of course. However, looking at the screen, hearing the sound and seeing the power built into this computer, though, it'd be hard not to choose the dv8000z as the best of all desktop replacement computers.

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