Pros price perfomance on all levels- beats Dell handily
Cons is noisy with three fans
Summary The CNET review is quite dated and is does not tell the complete story. I recieved my box about a week ago and have been putting it through the paces.
First, by upgrading to the 3 gig Intel P4 you increase front side bus speed to 800 meg hrtz instead of the 400 Cnet used in its Dec. 2004 review. The P4 in my box is an HT model that is not mathmatically challenged like the Centrino and is much faster than the standard P4s used in the Dell XPS that Cnet raves about with its 533 meg hrtz FSB.
Second, I loaded my box with 2 gigs mem with a bus speed of 533 meg hrtz instead of the 400 meg available in the Dell XPS- again a much faster combo.
Third, it is true that Dell offers a 7200 rpm drive as opposed to the 5400 rpm offered by HP but it is not much of a factor here.
The 256 meg ATI graphic card performs extremely well and breezes through my graphic intensive games flawlessly. Altec Lansing speakers are better than most built- ins but it is a laptop and therefore there are limitations.
The panel is outstanding in every respect.
The keyboard is comfortable and the numeric keypad is definitely useful for someone like me who uses a lot of numbers in his work. Dell XPS doesn't even have one for such a large laptop.
The optional remote for my HP is an excellent value and very useful for Power Point presentations. I recommend it.
My final configuration with 100 gig drive, 2 gig memory, lightspeed DVD+/-RW CD-RW, 3 gig Intel P4 HT, was $2037 without tax! Over $1800 less than a similarly configured Dell XPS and offers more features and performance.
Final notes: I've bragged to my buddies in the technology business about the price performance of the ZD8000 and we cannot figure out how HP is making any money on these things. Now that Carly is gone maybe HP and Mr. Hurd are finally getting back to basics and putting together some truly interesting technology at prices that frankly stun me and my constituents.
Pros Full size keyboard w/ number pad; bright and wide screen, comfortable to use; lots of USB ports
Cons Heavy, Noisy, Warm
Summary I fail to understand why so many people who have written a review for this laptop, didnt rate the system itself but the poor experience they had (generally without ever being in possession of the merchandise) with HP Customer Service.
You folks should go the the HP Customer Service review and post your ratings there. Leave it out of the mix for hardware reviews please thanks.
Now this system is extremely awesome with a smoking price point. Let me start by saying it is exceptionally comfortable to use and truly defines, a desktop replacement system.
The bright and wide screen is just enough for desk use and more than enough for travel.
The graphics are superb, especially with the Mobility Radeon X600 XT Card installed.
This is the only system with the full size keyboard and numeric keypad (also available on the zd7000 series, this ones predecesor)
The system does run noticeably warm but has decent side ventilation, as to not toast your lap if you were to use it that way.
I sell quite a few of these a day and customize them for customers all the time at my store, they seem to be exceptionally reliable and stylish to boot!
Beats the Qosmio (Toshiba) AV series in price.
Pros 17 inch screen, great performance, DVR capabilities.
Cons Noticeable fans, heat
Summary Ok, first I have to start off by saying that this is one of the best value notebooks out there. Even a budget buyer will find this notebook to be a steal. The screen is the absolute greatest and there is a very nice graphics card to match. The performance of this rig is very nice as well. The unit does run hot and the fans are noticed, but my preferences outweigh the slight drawbacks. I wanted a bigger, brighter screen. And I wanted a powerful processor. I got what I wanted and so much more. And now (6/18/05) the price is down to around $1200 with very good minimum specs! I can't wait for the zd9000 (or whatever it will be called) to come out. I think the fact that it has some heat and fan issues, it is really put down. But on many retail sites, the zd8000 is consistently shown as most popular or top rated.
Pros It's fast...the widescreen is awesome
Cons Of course short battery life, fan is not that noisy like many people say it is
Summary Many people complain about the short battery life and that the laptop runs hot. Both of these are true but they're forgetting that the processor that is used was made for desktops not laptops. My only recommendation is keep the laptop plugged in. And the fan is not that noisy. Overall, this laptop is awesome.Updated
I do have couple of complaints. I found one dead pixel in the LCD when I recieved the laptop but I can live with that. The second complaint is the touchpad. HP should integrate an actual scroll "wheel" or feature instead of having a column of grooves for "scrolling" because it doesn't work. I still have to click and hold down the left button and use my finger to scroll. Other than that, everything works great. The sound is good. The graphics is superb. Watching movies on this laptop is excellent. I would recommend at least buying the Pentium 4 630 3.0 GHz instead of the Pentium 4 530 3.0 GHz or lower because it has 2MB L2 memory cache instead of just 1 MB. And also get at least 1 GB of RAM and 256 MB ATI Radeon X600 if you are into gaming or photo/ video editing.
Pros Large keyboard, large screen, good sound, powerfull
Cons Gets hot under right wrist, short battery life,no recource if un-satisfied
Summary I got one of the first zd8000 CTO xp media center ordered in mid Dec. shipping delayed till mid Jan, called support the following week for a malfunctioning tuner. AVR-3610 has been on back order since Feb. Shipping date was Apr 12 and now it will be June 24.
For me, the media center dvr was big reason why I got this laptop. As you all know these machines arent cheap. I've wasted many an evenings with HP. Now they wont let me send the whole thing back, even though iI reported the problem before the thirty days. According to HP support there is no complaint dept or Ph# or anyone with any authority they can direct me too. By the way HP replaced my remote, a battery and I'm still waiting on the dual tuner. Wow I never thought I would recommend a DELL over HP!