Pros Quality through and through, awesome graphics, 4 USB ports (very unusual for a machine of this size), excellent performance (loaded with 4 gigs of RAM), superb battery life from the standard battery pack (that doesn't protrude from the unit at all).
Cons HP does put a lot of crapware on the machine which you can delete. The click buttons are too stiff but that's a very minor conern.
Summary The build of this unit is nothing short of spectacular. All metal and it looks it too. The keyboard is simply the best I've ever used. The touchpad, which has come in for serious complaint is perfectly fine. I do find the buttons rather stiff but you quickly get used to that (or just pop an external in one of the four usb ports). The display is gorgeous and the unit is totally silent and runs only mildly warm under load. I ordered mine with the SU7300 intel processor, the NVIDIA G105 graphics chip (512mb) and 4 gigs of DDR3 RAM. Battery life is amazing! You can figure five hours of real world use easily.
Pros The Aluminum and Magnesium finished is above the class for this price range and The AMD-neo performed well in most of the daily tasks such as word-processing, web-browsing, & watching multiple flash videos.
Cons The heat dissipation is not well designed and needed a cooling pad sometimes for ventilation. Beware of the left palm rest where most of the heat is felt.
Summary Great notebook that performed above par for its price range. HP need to redesigned it for heat ventilation for their next generation
Pros Have the version with the Pentium SU4100. Very solid, looks great and at 4 lbs is great for traveling. Monitor looks awesome and the performance is snappy. Compared to other laptops I've had in the past, it's extremely cool and quiet.
Cons The touchpad takes a little getting used to and the touchpad buttons are stiff, but once you get used to them they're fine. There's no internal optical drive, but that's one of the sacrifices to keep it small.
Summary A great compromise of performance and size between a regular-size laptop and a netbook. It's built extremely well and the performance is excellent.
Pros I love the sleekness, everyone admires it, great looking keyboard, great feel to it too! The battery life seems pretty good on just a couple of hours of use, the charging took a while. I am running am AMD Dual Core Neo X2 L625 processor.
Cons hard drive heat, hard drive heat, hard drive heat on palm rest. Other than that, there's nothing else to dislike. Great screen, hi def stutters on youtube occassionally, hi def on hard drive was fantastic! Keys have an intuitive feel.
Summary Biggest issue once again is hard drive heat hard drive heat hard drive heat on palm rest just like the Dell 630. The design could definitely have been improved to give some more insulation to the palm.
The processor placement could have been improved tremendously because while I use an external mouse, I am only appreciative of receiving processor blown heat from October through February, rest of the months, I would prefer not to have that hot air blowing at my hand.
The trackpad feels awkward at first but you get used to it pretty easily. Although mouse movement felt much more real on older trackpads.
Pros See below.
Cons See below.
Summary I just purchased the HP dv3t and I have a few problems which I will assume are still present here and you should watch out for. Should I have been aware of these problems beforehand, I would not have purchased the system.
1. Locked BIOS. Unlike my previous laptops, I can't make basic adjustments to the system in the BIOS.
Again these were issues with my dv3t, I'm assuming they are still problems on this system for you to watch out for.
2. System does not power/charge USB devices while in sleep mode. (Typically you can change that setting in the BIOS.)
3. Touchpad is off center from where your hands are when typing. Even with low sensitivity and palm-check on high, it still moves the cursor to different parts of the screen while typing.
4. Touch pad is too slick and causes too much resistance against the finger in certain conditions, unlike a brushed texture on many other laptops.