The Good Excellent mobile performance; wide-screen display; wonderful sound; decent battery life.
The Bad Bulky and heavy; maximum performance lags behind that of similarly configured laptops.
The Bottom Line The Pavilion zv5000z delivers cutting-edge performance, making it a good low-end gaming laptop.
HP Pavilion zv5000z
Despite the name, you won't catch any z's computing with the HP Pavilion zv5000z-series laptop. Thanks to an AMD Athlon 64 CPU and Nvidia GeForce4 440 Go graphics chip, the surprisingly affordable zv5000z stands near the head of the class in mobile performance and offers acceptable gaming performance. It also has a 3.5-hour battery life and runs cool to the touch. But multimedia capability is where this desktop replacement really shines. The 15.4-inch wide-screen display and the superior-sounding Harman Kardon speakers make for an excellent movie-viewing experience. For the price, it's hard to beat. At 14.25 by 11.5 by 1.75 inches (W, D, H) and 10.36 pounds, including the AC adapter (8.7 pounds without), it's no dainty travel companion. But the HP Pavilion zv5000z-series laptop is ruggedly constructed and mobile enough for its desktop-replacement role. The silver-and-dark-gray color scheme and the sloped front edges give the zv5000z that distinctive HP styling. The keyboard has a softer feel than we like, but we had no trouble typing on it, and there are no pigmy-size keys to destroy your typing rhythm. The touchpad is smoothly responsive and features a scroll area on its right side that's mildly serrated for easy identification.
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