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zt3000 vs zv5000

by abunnay / October 29, 2004 3:20 AM PDT

hey guys, i need help deciding which notebook to get. i have narrowed down my notebook search to these two...and now i can't decide which to get. What really tick me off is the ZV don't come with the ati grahpics card Sad

XP Home Edition with SP2
Intel(R) Pentium(R) M Processor 725 (1.6 GHz)
15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x800)
64MB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) 9200
1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB)
FREE Upgrade from 40GB to 60GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
TOTAL: 1,651

Windows(R) XP Home Edition with SP2
AMD Athlon(TM) 64 3400+ 2.20 GHz
15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen(1280x800)
64MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(TM) 4 440 Go +1394 & 5-in-1
1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB)
FREE Upgrade from 40GB to 60GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Total: 1,500

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Re: zt3000 vs zv5000
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2004 3:52 AM PDT
In reply to: zt3000 vs zv5000

64-bit capability would make that decision easy for me. The price difference is minimal but you save a little and get a fairly future proof unit.


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Re: zt3000 vs zv5000
by KenSanramon / October 29, 2004 4:35 AM PDT
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If you are looking at long-term productivity than the Athlon 64 notebook will give you upgraded performance once Windows Longhorn 64bit appears in late 2006 or 2007. Linux and Windows SP2 has 64bit functions already.

However, most people are going to want to upgrade to a 2 cpu per chip 64bit notebook when Windows Longhorn appears. Since you are not spending too much ($1500 or so) the Pentium M (Centrino) offers some compelling reasons to buy it for use over the next 2 years.

It is lighter than the Athlon 64 and thinner (ZT3000 or sister Compaq X1000 series is 6.5 pounds). It gets better battery life -- 3.5-4 hours using wi-fi or playing DVD's or longer (up to 5 hours) running tasks like Microsoft Office (longer battery life with LCD display dimmed).

Also, someone who bought one of the zv5000's returned it for a HPZT3000 as the keyboard space bar is not centered directly over the touchpad (so it is not as ergonomic but if you use an external mouse it will not matter).

At any rate both are good machines. The ZT3000/X1000 has an ATI video card but not the newer 9600/9700 and not 128mb dedicated video either so I would not make your choice on that (as both have 64mb dedicated video).

Make sure you custom order and use the $100 custom order rebate good through 12/1/04 on the mail in rebates link at the hpshopping homepage --not the one on the order screen (see -- rebate applied to ANY HP configure to order notebook).

Finally, you are paying too much ordering 1mb RAM from the manufacturer.

Remember, a notebook only has 2 RAM slots and on the HPZT3000 at least only 1 is easily accessible under the notebook in a slot (1st is under the keyboard but can be accessed if you know what you are doing).

I have heard that HP stopped offering 512mb 1 stick on hpshopping as they may be trying to sell out their 2x256mb RAM sticks.

However, if you can order 512mb RAM 1 stick get that and then add the 2nd 512mb RAM (PC2700) yourself for under $100 more when on sale after rebate. I got Kingston (see their website to confirm compatibility, also) PC2700 512mb RAM for only 69.99 after rebate at Fry's.

Best Buy/Circuit City/Compusa sometimes have sales (see Sunday adds) on Centon or PNY or Kingston RAM -- make sure it is PC2700 NOTEBOOK RAM).

Also, see for details on how to save an extra 3% using Fatcash (portal), 6% if you are a student (APP) or 12% if you work for a qualified employer (EPP).

I would not trade my Compaq X1000 series as I love my dedicated forum but there is a forum for the also so search and perhaps there is one for the zv5000 also.

Note that all the discounts you can find out about on the will work for either notebook if you custom order it at (also free shipping and you can get 1 year no interest financing).

Finally, you should get the 5400rpm hard drive upgrade as that is up to 50% faster than the 4200 and it costs very little to upgrade custom.

I have the 4200rpm hard drive as I bought a prebuilt and it is ok but if ordering custom I would definitely get the 5400rpm hard drive.

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Re: zt3000 vs zv5000
by abunnay / October 29, 2004 4:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: zt3000 vs zv5000

thanks for the info all...and i'll keep what you said in mind ken..thanks for your time.

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