This DV1000 series HP notebook (just released in September) is 5.3 pounds with the unique 14" widescreen and instant on DVD/CD playing functions (without booting the computer operating system) and also a built in remote control that fits in the PC card slot.
This is an extremely popular model for people who want portability and light weight but it has the following drawback:
** Shared/integrated video memory (not dedicated video memory). That is essential for gaming but also for higher end video programs but you may in fact not require that. You are fine for internet surfing (you have the 54G wi-fi card built in), Microsoft office, and burning CD's (you did not get a DVD burner which costs more).
I assume you ordered this custom at hpshopping. If so I would have ordered 2 things differently:
1) By ordering below a 725 1.6 Pentium M Dothan processor you do not have the current cpu with the 2mb L2 system cache which is on the cpu and makes things load faster... by ordering the 710 1.5 you have the Pentium M Banias cpu with only 1/2 the L2 cache or 1mb. If ordering custom you only saved perhaps $50-$75 at most not getting at least the 725 1.6 Pentium M or higher (ordering above the 1.6 is not worth it).
2) For perhaps another $25-$50 you could have ordered the 5400rpm hard drive option which has up to 50% faster seek time. The 4200rpm hard drive is fine for most people but if ordering custom for very little extra cost the faster hard drive gives faster boot up times and speeds up your computer whenever using the hard drive alot.
3) Note that the widescreen versus a square screen is superior for Spreadsheets (as you get more columns but slightly less rows to the top and bottom) and also you can view widescreen DVD's full screen. You will view many web pages, however, on a slightly smaller portion of the LCD (13" or so) as the widescreen is not square. On the 15.4" HPZT3000 / Compaq X1000 model I have (which also has Dedicated video RAM) you end up with about a 14" webpage which is better.
So, if you can live with viewing square web pages on a 13" or so size and you don't need dedicated video RAM this is a great lightweight notebook and you will get around 4 hours battery life using wi-fi or up to 5 hours or so not using wi-fi (DVD and CD playing will last longer than similar Centrino models as you will not have the operating system running if you elect to use the quick start feature as well).
But it is very unfortunate you did not at least order the full Pentium M 725 1.6 Dothan processor with 2mb L2 system cache ........
Note that there is a dedicated forum for the HP DV1000 notebook -- I don't know it firsthand but either do a google search or go to X1000forums.com and do a search there as it is referenced in a post there (that is my home notebook forum).
Finally, if you decide you like that notebook but would like to have at least the full 1.6 Pentium M 725 processor and/or the 5400rpm hard drive HPshopping gives you a 30 return policy. They will even pay for the shipping to pick it up.
You would have to reorder another computer with the specs you wanted at that point but at least you have this option with hpshopping at no cost to you. With a retail store you can't customize it at all and most charge restocking fees if the notebook is not defective (Fry's electronics does not but you have 14 days only - Costco does not and you have a full 6 months return policy and you can order HP/Compaq custom order notebooks through costco.com...)
I ordered an hp dv1000
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition with SP2
- Intel(R) Pentium(R) M Processor 710 (1.4 GHz)
- 14.0" WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x768)
- Intel(R) Extreme Graphics designed for Pentium(R)
- 512MB DDR SDRAM (2x256MB)
- 60 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
- DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
- Intel(R) Pro/Wireless 2200 802.11BG WLAN
- Microsoft(R) Works/Money
- 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
- HP dv1000 Remote Control
was this a good purchase in general? Not a gamer, I'm a college professor but online quite often and want to be able to burn cds/etc. Thanks.