HP Pavilion dv5000 review: HP Pavilion dv5000

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.6
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Battery life: 6.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good Attractive design; big, comfortable keyboard; decent display; good multimedia features, including a double-layer DVD burner; plays discs and music without booting the OS.

The Bad No TV tuner; a bit too heavy for regular travel.

The Bottom Line With the Pavilion dv5000z series, HP delivers a well-designed and versatile multimedia laptop that starts at a highly affordable price point.

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HP Pavilion dv5000z

The HP Pavilion dv5000z is virtually identical to the Pavilion dv4000 with 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 Dell XPS M170 , 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.

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HP Pavilion dv5000z Turion 64 (2.2GHz)

Part Number: ES186AV Released: Jan. 5, 2006

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  • Release date Jan. 5, 2006
  • Color Black
  • Weight 6.6 lbs
  • Installed Size 1 GB