The HPnx5000 has a standard CD-RW (CD Read write)/DVD ROM (DVD read only memory) which means you can read and write CD's but read DVD's only (For playing DVD's or loading software burned onto a DVD).
The HPnx7000 build has a DVD burner which is worth $150-$200 more as an internal drive. It is DVD + which means you cannot burn to DVD - (some other brands are multiformat DVD + and DVD - and more consumer DVD players have DVD -). Also, you are getting 512mb RAM instead of 256mb but you can add that yourself easily if you have 1 open RAM slot. And, you are getting a dedicated video card on the nx7000 - you are getting none on the nx5000.
Also, keep in mind the nx7000 has a 15.4" widescreen while the nx5000 has a 15" square LCD. Widescreens are better for spreadsheets and playing widescreen DVD's. If all you are going to do is view internet webpages, etc then you may want the 15" square LCD but otherwise the 15.4" widescreen (which is wider than the 15" square but a bit shorter in height) is nice.
So, Essentially the $500 cost difference is $150-$200 more for the DVD burner, $200 more for the dedicated video card and $100 more for the extra 256mb RAM.
The hard drive capacity is not what is most important but rather the hard drive rpm speed. A 5400rpm hard drive would be faster than a 4200rpm by up to 50% but you will not see any significant performance difference from a 40gb versus a 60gb or 80gb hard drive (assuming you don't completely fill the smaller hard drive and leave no available space for necessary functions).
So, again, keep in mind that the DVD burner is also a CD burner and DVD ROM by default (so with a DVD burner you can read and write both DVD's and CD's)
Also, keep in mind that the nx7000 is a business model with the 1 year international warranty and the hp business support (a bit better than consumer support but not a huge difference) so that is worth at least $50 in the cost differential.
The consumer warranty on the nx5000 throws you into the consumer service pool and the warranty is likely country specific (Canada only for 1 year)
My husband and I feel as if we've been to a computer seminar - we've learned so much from this forum! We went to the hpshopping.ca website (we're Canadian) and we're wondering whether the features of the Compaq nx7010 ($2149.00) - as recommended by KenSanramon - versus the Compaq nx5000 ($1599.00) justify the huge $550 price difference.
The computer we wish to buy will never be used to play games. I will use it to write and do research, and my husband will use it to access live video streaming of thoroughbred horse racing. The question is this: will the "shared system" Graphics Card on the nx5000 affect the quality of the video feed? Will the 40 GB hard drive on the nx5000 affect the quality of the feed? And can the 256 MB Memory be upgraded, after purchasing the computer? As offered on the hp website, these seem to be "fixed" models - not able to be customized.
After scrutinizing every last inch of the specs, these are the only differences between the two computers, with the main similarities being that they're both listed as "Intel Pentium M processor 725 - 1.6 GHz, 400 MHz Front Side Bus, 2048 KB L2 cache" and they both have "High speed 56K modem, integrated 10/100 NIC and Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g).
nx5000: Display: 15 inch TFT XGA
Hard Drive: 40GB 4200 RPM
Memory: 256 MB DDR SDRAM (1 X 256MB)at
CD/DVD: DVD/CD-RW Drive
Graphics Card: Integrated Intel Extreme
Graphics 2 up to 64MB
shared system memory.
nx7010: Display: 15.4 inch TFT WXGA
Memory: 512 MB DDR SDRAM (2 X 256MB) at
CD/DVD: DVD+RW Drive
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
with 64MB video memory.
So, in a nutshell, we're wondering if the upgrades (a 60GB hard drive and double the memory)can be purchased after the fact, for a whole lot less than $550? Also, it appears that the nx7010 doesn't even have CD capability - why would that be? I should mention that they're offering a free HP Photosmart digital camera (which we don't need) and a free wireless keyboard and mouse (which we don't want) with the nx7010.
Any advice would be much appreciated!
Don't you wish you lived here - where we get to spend so much more money for the very same product?