HP pavilion dv4000 Review
The HP Pavilion dv4000 is a new mid-sized 15.4" notebook from HP. It is designed to replace the dv5000z. It comes with either the AMD Sempron or Turion64 X2 Processors. It is a DTR that can occasionally travel aimed at multimedia notebook users with its glossy screen and lots of connection options. It starts with a base price of $699 at HP.com though preconfigured models are available at retailers.
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Specs of Notebook Under Review
Model: HP pavilion dv4000
CPU: AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-56 (1.8GHz/512x2 L2)
Memory: 2GB PC5300 DDR2 2 DIMMs 0 Open
Hard Drive: 120GB 5400RPM Seagate ST9120821AS
Motherboard: Quanta 30B8
Screen: 15.4" WXGA Glossy
Optical Drive: LG GSA-4084N
8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW
4x DVD-/+R DL
GPU: 256MB Nvidia 7200 Go(64MB On Board & 192MB Shared)
Wireless: Broadcomm A/B/G with Bluetooth
Inputs: 86 Key Keyboard, Two Button Touchpad with Left Side Scroll Device
Buttons: Power, QuickPlay, Play/Pause, Stop, FastFoward, Reverse, Mute, Volume Slider and TouchPad On/Off
3 USB 2.0, Two Left-Side and One Right-Side
5-in-1 Card Reader
2 Headphone Jacks, 1 S/PDIF
Expansion Port 3
Slots: ExpressCard54 Slot
Other: 1.3 Megapixel Webcam and Microphone
Speakers: Altec Lansing
Battery: 12 Cell
Height: 1" or 1.5" with the 12 Cell Battery
Weight: 6.6 lbs. with Six Cell Battery, 7.1 lbs. with 12 Cell Battery.
Operating System: Windows XP Home
Warranty: One Year
Price: $1491 as configured on HP.com
Here are some competing notebooks in the 15.4" class you may wish to consider in your search for a notebook.
Asus F3F or S96j
Countless others to numerous to list
Build and Design
The dv4000 like the newer dv2000t has a new look from HP. It is mostly dark in color with the lower keyboard area being silver. The older dv5000z it replaces had a silver exterior and a dark interior. It has the HP logo and wave pattern inlaid onto the top of the notebook using HP's new Imprint Finish technique. It gives it a classy and elegant look in my opinion. The case is very curvy and smooth. Overall I would have to say it is very aesthetically pleasing, but I have a penchant for darker notebooks.
The dv4000 is under the V3000T for size comparisions (view large image)
Battery & AC Adapter
- Battery Type: Li-ion
- Voltage : 11.10V
- Capacity : 4400 mAh
- Color : Black
- Dimension : 205.15 x 51.10 x 21.20 mm
- Net Weight : 310.00(g)
hp pavilion dv4000 series battery compatible with hp manufacturer(OEM) part# compaq 367759-001, hp pf723a, hp pm579a.
There are two battery options for the dv4000; a six or a 12 cell battery. This particular model came with the 12 cell battery. It is basically another six cell battery attached underneath the regular six cell battery. It sticks out from the bottom of the notebook, raising the back of the notebook about inch. It also adds about pound of weight to the notebook.
The dv4000 with the larger 12 cell battery is back to back with the V3000T which the smaller six cell battery .
Having recently purchased a Compaq V3000T I was most interested in seeing what life with the 12 cell was like since I had chosen the six cell battery. The thing I had the hardest time deciding was whether or not to get the 12 cell battery. Like most people I like a lot of battery life, but I also like to keep the weight down as well. Using the 12 cell with WiFi on and the screen set to 50%, I was able to get 5:35 minutes of battery life. As noted the 12-cell protrudes from the bottom of the notebook. It made a convenient handle when carrying around the notebook. It also raises the notebook making it easier to type on when using it on a flat surface. When using it on my lap, it seemed most of the weight of the notebook rested where the battery was in contact with my legs. I at times found it uncomfortable. I later found if I positioned the battery between my legs, which is possible since the battery does not run the length of the notebook, it was more comfortable.
The AC adapter while small is the three pronged variety which can make finding an outlet a bit harder.