If you want a laptop that's not all about work at the expense of play then the HP Pavilion dv9590ea fits the bill. It's fully equipped for HD entertainment but can also turn its hand to the odd bit of bookwork too.
With an asking price of £1,100 from LaptopsDirect.co.uk it's not exorbitantly priced either.
HP hasn't messed around when it comes to kitting out the dv9590 -- its 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor and 2GB of RAM managed to achieve a PCMark05 score that was pushing 5,000 with 4,834 -- which is extremely high for a laptop.
Equally it was not too shabby when it came to 3D either -- its Nvidia GeForce 8600M graphics chip pulled in a 3DMark06 score of 2,658 -- anything above the 2,000 mark is impressive for a portable machine.
HP has also equipped the dv9590 well for the future by including an HD DVD drive, so you can watch hi-def movies in all their glory. There's also an HDMI port on the side, so you can hook it up to your big screen TV for the full immersive experience.
As it runs Windows Vista Home Premium it comes with a bundled copy of Media Center and thoughtfully HP has included a remote control, so you can command it from afar. Perhaps more cleverly, the remote slips into the ExpressCard slot when it's not in use so you're less likely to lose it down the back of the sofa.
In terms of battery life, it pulled in an average result of one hour 18 minutes running the Battery Eater intensive test, but scored a much more impressive three hours 24 minutes with the more leisurely reader test.