Pros The design is sleek. The keyboard is big and easy to use. Awesome wide screen.
Cons It's slower than I expected. The hard disk is very loud and cranky. The battery is big and bulky. Freezes up frequently.
Summary I was so excited to buy this computer after reading all the wonderful reviews. I don't get it...why does everyone think this is such a great machine?This is an update from the original poster. Don't be fooled by these reviews saying the volume control has "issues". There are no issues....it's a non-functional feature. It's defective. Another testimony of saving your files frequently. You will lose everything if you haven't saved your files once you hit that volume button.
The hard drive sounds like it needs oil when starting up. It sounds clunkier than any drive I've ever heard, to the point that I get worried every time I turn it on. \
I expected the battery to be big, but it's beyond bulky.
I couldn't install certain software because it needed a file from my Vista disk, yet the Vista disks didn't come with the machine.
My old computer was 5 years old and still faster than this one. Using this machine makes me wonder if I actually needed to buy a new computer. Maybe my expectations were too high.
Updated on Sep 4, 2008
Pros Sleek, fast, fun to use, user freindly.
Cons DVD slot, additional and unneeded applications, booted off internet for no reason (my fault?)
Summary I was recently out on a business trip when my older Sony Vaio took a dump. I had the laptop in for repairs yet, no luck getting to the root cause of my problem, enter the HP.
First looks were impressive. This laptop stood out in the crowd at Best Buy and I had to take a closer look at all it's features, and features it had. Being loyal to Sony for a long time, change was inevidable.
I want go into detail on what the HP had, you'll have to look here at CNET. But I can say whether in the hotel, or at home the system started up every time perfectly. Not much noise wiht the fan running, in fact a lot less then the Sony 747 I once had.
The DVD slot opening when I never pushed the side button is enough to send me to the moon. I will take it in for this issue since it's covered.
I think the screen is good, and reading some of the reviews thought it would be as good as my LCD/Plasma in the house, again, it is good.
The finger scoll on the laptop takes some getting use to. I'm sure that'll come with time. It's a bit more sensitive then the Sony.
For some reason I get booted off theinternet for no apparent reason, this may have to do with my settings, we'll see.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with my purchase and if you're someone who travels or someone that needs a desktop replacement, go ahead and check this baby out!
Pros Great compputers, when they work.
However they have a lot of issues, ranging from mechanical failre (hinges) to total motherboard failure
Cons Unreliable and probably not tested out before released to the market.
Summary I have a 18 month old DV 9000 that I recieved as replacement after the hinges on my DV 8000 broke.
The fact of my case is that HP laptops in the serie range of DV 6000 to DV 9000 with AMD motherboards have extended warranty due to motherboard failure, however despite the fact that a lot of users having the same issues with Intel based motherboards have similar problems HP have no intention of extending the warranty on these laptops.
My Laptop is a HP DV 9023 with Intel Centrino Dual Core processor.
In my email exchange and phone conversations with HP I have recieved a variety of explanations and suggestions, I actually even had one "Case Manager" telling me my laptop was coverd under the extended warranty, but it is impossible to get an intelligent conversation when you are assigned a new "Case Manager" in each conversation or email (even when each of the casemanagers promise that they will handle my case until solved).
I am done with HP, unless they get the issue solved fast, I find it intolerable that a laptop costing close to $2000 should fail totally after 18 months.
It is also kinda funny that my daughters laptop, brand name Ewerex (a WalMart brand) and that costed a fraction is more reliable, run smoother and have a more efficient and personal support than a "quality" brand as HP
Pros inexpensive for what you get
Cons No doubt about it...HP released a machine that is defective. The most basic feature doesn't work. The touch volume control does not work. That's like buying a new TV and having to find an alternate way to change the channel.
Summary you will regret this purchase
Pros Appearance, display, battery life, HDD, Memory, $$.
Cons Only thing that comes close is only having 3 USB ports.
Summary I've had it one month now. It's taken a bit to remove all the freebie stuff. Bought a good registry cleaner (64bit) another copy of Office (cheaper)and changed all the displays to "classic", and it is working fine. The mouse pad is so easy to use, I'm just now getting a wireless mouse.