Pros Beautiful laptop, fast, high res screen
Cons Monitor & graphics card crashed multiple times, heavy and hot
Summary I first reviewed this laptop several months ago and praised its features. Now I am almost regretting buying it. I have sent the laptop into HP twice for the exact same reason. They fixed it the first time, sent it back and within one hour I had the same exact problem: the monitor stopped working, would boot with vertical lines on the screen or I'd get the blue screen of death. They replaced the system board the first time, now they are replacing the SB and the screen. Yea the HP total care package covered the costs, but I have been without work for over two weeks. I believe they have a design flaw: the mother board/graphics card heating up. You have to raise it off of any surface or the thing heats up, not warm but hot. I would seriously read all the reviews on this thing and get the total care service package as you dont want to pay for problems out of pocket. I am not the kind of person who expects perfection out of technology, but 2 fixes, $2,500.00, lots of lost work and others saying they have the same problem - I'll let you figure it out.
Pros Nice when it works
Cons Bad Technical support; Overheats when using memory intensive programs
Summary I use this paperweight for multimedia applications. Against better judgement, I opted for this notebook instead of a MAC G5. I'm paying for that decision, which BTW I made from the CNET review, every time I use Photoshop CS or Painter. Tech support is acerebral and every time I call they tell me to either remove the ram and reseat it or call Photoshop.
I found a useful link, http://www.zd7000forums.com/viewtopic.php?t=3029&start=30, that addresses this issue. Bottom line, the MB needs to be replaced due to an issue with the "north Bridge" on the system board. HP support are exotic dullards. Do NOT purchase this system.
Pros NICE BIG SCREEN
Cons SPEED, SMALL HD, SLOW AGP SLOT, HEAVY (9 lbs.), 256MB RAM?!?! BATTERY
Summary I don't understand how CNET editor could shoot down the eMachines M6811 which has EVERYTHING better than this laptop except for a slightly smaller screen and then give a High rating to the HP ZD7000 that has so little. This machine is almost a desktop for weight. HD is only 40GB (80GB on the M6811), AGP is only 4X, Memory is only 256MB (Editor killed eMachines M6811 for having "only" 512, which, btw, is expandable to 1.2GB). Battery life is short. The 6811 now only costs $989 new, do yourself a favor and get one of those.
Pros large screen, thats about it
Cons Overheats - overheats and oh yeah, overheats
Summary Machine has been in and out of repair since new. Three lost hard drives - overheats like an oven , and runs really slow. Fan noise is very loud. First time I've ever taken the time to diss a product but thought I owed it to other users to tell them about this bad product. HP will not replace with a new product - keep insisting that I resend it in for repair. Then I have to reload software, databases etc. I'm on hold with HP tech support right now actually. If you buy this computer and experience similar problems (which you will) you have nobody to blame but yourself. I am not a disgruntled former employee or anything like that - just a consumer (and graphic designer) who uses computers all day long and thought I'd share my experiences with you. If I wasn't on hold right now with HP I wouldn't even bother to take the time to write this review. Like you - I "usually" have way better things to do.
Pros Overall the ZD7000 is one of the best PC's I have ever used but by not making Media Center Edition 2005 upgrades available to those users who have spent around $2500.00 on it, it just forces the model into obsolescence.
Cons HP will NOT be offering an Upgrade to XP Media Center Edition 2005 on this model like they are for many of their Desktop models. Isn't that what the ZD7000 was sold as? A Desktop replacement notebook?