HP Pavilion zd7000 series

The HP Pavilion zd7000 series features a big, 17-inch wide-screen display; a handheld remote; a choice of CD-RW/DVD combo drive or DVD burner; and significant connectivity features. The higher-end model, which we tested, also features Windows XP Media Center Edition and an external box that ties in to your television signal. The HP Pavilion zd7000 is among the fastest, best-designed laptops CNET has ever tested, and it's equipped to please videographers, shutterbugs, gamers, and even those who ponder spreadsheets. However, its sheer weight and heat, plus a battery that conks out just past two hours, may discourage you from taking the laptop off your desk.