Pros Looks Great
Cons Mechanical Nightmare
Summary I use this laptop in my small business (Sales). Within 6 months of purchase, the laptop would not power up. I had to send it in to HP for service. It took 2 days to receive the "overnight" box. HP replaced the motherboard, and the laptop made it back to me in just over a week. Three months later, the laptop now needs another new motherboard. The weeks without the laptop cause a serious hit to my business. I suggested to HP that they replace the laptop with a new one since this one appears to be a lemon - they refused. I guess they care more about saving some money than about me writing this review.
Pros Pretty, large screen, lots of features, lots of memory storage
Cons Words cannot describe how utterly abysmal the faults of this machine are.
Summary The Pros have already been fully described for you.
The cons, however, will not be able to fit in these 5000 words. Let's start with the physical features. My disk drive will not read disks at least 80% of the time, and randomly pops open, even if you do not grip the area and accidentally pry it open. It has a mind of its own. You might be napping with the machine on your desk, and all of a sudden, click, the disk drive simply opens just to wake you up. The LCD screen has great picture, but that is too bad because the damn screen is so loose it falls over so that you cannot see it. I do not know whether it is the screws or the fact that the screen is too heavy, but it must be flat on a surface and not tilting backward at all in order for it to be relatively still. If you decide to move it, it will simply flop over.
The right shift key is tiny, so plan on spending at least two years getting used to that. What will take even more getting used to is seeing a stupid HP Quickplay window open up every time your finger even gets near the DVD toolbar above the keyboard. And that window takes an eternity to open, so you will have to drop what you are doing to bestow all your attention on HP cruddy programming.
My motherboard also gave out, just like so many other users here. HP kindly said they fixed it, but I can tell that 4 months later it is about to go out again, and that is why I am here typing this. I have never heard of other computers with these kinds of major problems. Oh, and have fun talking to an Indian for hours when something happens. Well, you will get to listen to them, arrogance, and a lack of English skills while you try to have your $1500+ investment fixed by a company that could give a rat's behind.
The heat, oh the heat! There could not possibly be any other object that is meant to go in your lap that could be any hotter. I have heard of second degree burns from laptops, but I thought they were from laptops of the Jurassic period. Little did I know people were actually referring to the HP dv9000 series! This little guy gets so hot any reasonable mother would prohibit her kids from being near it for fear their eyebrows would be toasted off.
Finally, we get to the most important part of any laptop: the ability to connect to the internet virtually anywhere. Except they forgot that part when they constructed the wireless card for this laptop. Expect violent rages of frustration and pulling your own hair out when you need to get work done fast. It ain't going to happen because precisely when you need to, this computer will read your mind and decide not to let you connect to the world wide web.
This computer should come with a prescription for valium and painkillers to ease the pain and suffering you will have to endure!
If you think you bought a lemon, you probably bought the HP dv9000 series.
If you want to take a 12 ga. either to yourself or your laptop, you probably bought an HP dv9000 series.
If you are now seeing a psychiatrist, you are probably divorced and stuck with the HP dv9000 series.
If you failed a class or were fired from your job, it was probably because you relied on your HP dv9000 series.
If you were sober before, but now find yourself at daily AA meetings, you have probably experienced the wrath of an HP dv9000 series.
If you're happy and you know it and you really want to show it, then I'll buy your laptop right now because I know it is not an HP dv9000 series.
Pros Beautiful clarity, great gaming speed
Cons Nothing bad.
Summary I got this last week with a Logitech G15 keyboard and G5 mouse. The games I usually play - World of Warcraft, Oblivion, Half Life 2 - all perform incredibly well, no freezing or lag. Pretty nice all round, and it looks awesome.
Pros Sleek, appealing external deign w/ lots of bells and whistles
Cons random shutdowns, crashes, and BSODs almost immediately after purchase
Summary Just Like 'crazydriver935' and 'alexinalexandria', I had major issues with this laptop giving me B.S.O.D.s and freezing/crashing within *two weeks* of buying it. Tried very hard to fix the issue, as I liked the physical design of the computer, but nothing any of HP's service techs recommended (re-installing windows, re-seating RAM, re-allocating memory, etc etc etc) worked to alleviate the problem, and in the end I was lucky to have bought it at a store that allowed long-term returns and exchanges. Thought it may have been a random fluke, but having seen several other users post similar bad reviews on different sites, I'd recommend staying away from ths laptop, in spite of how cool it looks from the outside...
Pros It would be great if the manufacturing was tightly controlled
Cons Poor quality
Summary There are all kinds of issues with this machine. Google DV9000 if you don't believe me. Some common problems are wireless, non-functional keys and Video Display death. My problem was the NVidia GPU. I had to re-flow the solder joints to get the chip working again. Not an easy task. NVidia admits the problem with poor joints but HP will not issue a recall if you have an Intel chip. Stay away from this product at all costs! Nothing but trouble.