HP Pavilion dv1000 review: HP Pavilion dv1000

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The Good Very strong overall performance; complete set of multimedia controls; attractive design; crisp display; plays CDs and DVDs without booting up.

The Bad Lacks option for Windows XP Media Center and discrete GPU; mediocre battery life.

The Bottom Line When configured with Intel's Core Duo processor, the HP Pavilion dv1000t adds cutting-edge power to its strong combination of multimedia capabilities and attractive, portable design.

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7.5 Overall
  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Performance 9
  • Battery 5
  • Support 6

HP Pavilion dv1000t

The HP Pavilion dv1000 has been a mainstay of HP's laptop lineup since 2004, and during that time has become one of CNET readers' most favored models. With the Pavilion dv1000t, HP gives its thin-and-light updated internal components (read: Intel's Core Duo processor), makes some useful tweaks to the design and the feature set, and doubles the starting price. Though HP still doesn't offer Windows XP Media Center or a discrete GPU for the Pavilion dv1000t, it serves up excellent power and multimedia functionality for the price; for more basic use, we recommend the far less expensive Pavilion dv1000 model.

Aesthetically, the black-and-silver Pavilion dv1000t is very similar to its siblings, the 6.7-pound Pavilion dv4000 and the 8.3-pound dv8000z. Just like the original Pavilion dv1000, the dv1000t weighs 5.5 pounds (6.3 pounds with its absolutely petite power brick) and measures 13.2 inches wide, 9.3 inches deep, and 1.5 inches thick. It's a bit larger and heavier than the Lenovo ThinkPad Z60t and the Sony VAIO FJ and a few ounces lighter than the Dell XPS M140.

The Pavilion dv1000t's 14.1-inch wide-aspect panel has a 1,280x768 native resolution, as do the panels on the XPS M140, the ThinkPad Z60t, and the VAIO FJ. Though we often find HP laptop displays lacking, the Pavilion dv1000t's looks crisp, clear, and bright--considerably brighter than the ThinkPad Z60t's. The Pavilion dv1000t's keyboard isn't full size, but it's responsive and comfortable enough to type on. The touch pad and the mouse buttons are of average size, and the touch pad features vertical scrolling and a convenient on/off button that lets you disable the pad when it's not in use.

Multimedia controls abound: above the keyboard, the Pavilion dv1000t has a complete row of disc-control and volume buttons, as well as two for launching HP's QuickPlay media applications, which can play CDs and DVDs and access photos without booting Windows. Our test unit included a neat built-in Webcam above the display--a feature that adds $50 to the price. The Altec Lansing speakers are loud but light on bass; we prefer the rocking set on the XPS M140.