The Good Attractive design skips the usual gray and black; long battery life; touch-sensitive multimedia controls.
The Bad Huge battery adds to weight and size.
The Bottom Line HP's attractive multimedia-friendly Pavilion dv5-1235dx has a great battery life, but at the cost of having one of the biggest, ugliest battery packs we've seen.
HP Pavilion dv5-1235dx
Editors' note: This review is part of our Winter 2009 Retail Roundup, covering specific configurations of popular laptops that can be found in retail stores.
HP's Pavilion dv line of multimedia laptops, available in 14-, 15-, and 17-inch versions, are all attractive systems aimed at mainstream consumers with a heavy diet of videos, music, and other forms of media. To this end, they share features such as Altec Lansing speakers, HDMI outputs, and touch-sensitive media control buttons, along with mirror-finish accents.
The $649 HP Pavilion dv5-1235dx illustrates some of the trade-offs to consider when looking at a fixed-configuration retail laptop from HP's dv line. Investing $50 more gets you a similar-looking 17-inch HP Pavilion dv7-1245dx, which has the same 320GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM, but trades down to a slower AMD CPU, while the dv5-1235dx has a (faster) Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 CPU.
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