HP Pavilion dv5000z
The HP Pavilion dv5000z is virtually identical to thewith one major exception: where the dv4000 can be configured with Intel's Celeron or Pentium processors, the dv5000z features an AMD processor--either the Pentium-equivalent Turion or the less expensive, Celeron-equivalent Sempron.
With the Pavilion dv5000z, HP delivers a well-designed and versatile multimedia laptop that starts at a highly affordable $679, which is a few dollars less than the dv4000. It weighs the same as the dv4000--about 6.5 pounds--and just over a pound more than the thin-and-light dv1000. Like the dv4000, the dv5000z is chock-full of entertainment features and is quite competent at productivity and multimedia tasks. It can be configured with a few different ATI graphics cards, which give it the potential for decent, though not exceptional, gaming power; for a higher-octane gaming experience, we recommend the more expensive, which has a much more powerful graphics card. Though it still lacks the built-in TV tuner found on significantly more expensive systems, there's not much else that the Pavilion dv5000z can't handle. We think it's a very good choice for any student, home, or small-office user.