hey, i bought the hp dv2000t right after christmas '06, as it's a really nice system. I purchased what would be referred to as one of the budget systems (1.86ghz core solo, 1gb ram, 80gb hdd, integrated video) but the system has yet to let me down. I don't do too much work that would require a dual core processor, but this thing runs productivity software very well. battery life is pretty good, i get about 3 1/2 hours of power just doing simple tasks, turn the wireless on and take it down about 1/2 an hour. Now, as far as build quality is concerned, it was the barn-burner for me. I travel a lot, and so i wanted a smaller computer that i could tote with me everywhere, especially under the storage of an airplane seat, and not have to worry about it being damaged. besides the semi-rugged systems like the toughbooks or the new dells, the new HPs are some of the most durable and tough systems i could find. When shopping around, i litterally ran around best buy and circuit city squeezing, twisting, bending, and flexing laptops. There is no flex on this system, it's very sturdy; there arent even any ripples in the lcd if you push on the back of the lid. Comparatively, i thought i was going to poke my finger straight through the gateway i played around with. Build quality has not been an issue. Now, as far as software is concerned, HP has been the most generous to those who have upgraded to vista. They not only sent them the upgrade discs, but also a disc complete with the utilities needed to take systems all the way from xp to vista. however, there was one caveat, which was the dv2000t and dv2100t series of computers did not have a compatible sound driver. Hp, however, being the smarties they are, assigned a representative to monitor the forums over at notebookreview.com whom has kept in contact with dv2000t users and has been updating us with solutions until they finalize a fix. Luckily for you, though, the new dv2000t's are obviously not being shipped defective. HP updated the sound device, so there's no unique risk of getting an HP with vista. All-in-all, i really love my system, the quality of both HP's products and service have made me fall in love with them.
I have been looking at various thin and light laptops over the last few months, and I have found that I like the HP dv2000t, but I have heard bad things about HP from several sources. I like it because of the size, that its built in card reader reads xD picture card, which my camera uses, and that it comes with a dedicated graphics card, so I can run Vista's AeroGlass, and edit video a little. Has anyone here had any experience with an HP laptop? If so, a. How long did it last/ how long have you had it/ how well is it holding up, b. what is your overall impression of the product/company? c. Which model did/do you have? and d. Would you buy an HP laptop again?
Thanks in advance for any advice!!