Things I chose to improve or even not updated, and why:
Processor: This was a no-brainer, upgrading from an Intel T5550 (1.83 GHz) for the Intel T8100 (2.10GHz, 3 MB of L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) will cost about $ 125 extra, but it was well worth the penalty for the boost in performance (see bank results below).
Display: The display is a standard 17 "WXGA + High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1440 x 900), which is probably fine for most customers. For an additional $ 125, I got to 17 "WXGA + Ultra BrightView. It is the same screen, but equipped with two backlights (instead of one), which provides higher brightness and color. The additional cost is, for me, which is justified because it is amazing clarity, even in direct-light (important because the screen is bright). The second lighting adds a half-pound to the weight of the computer. I'm not sure what effect it has on battery life, but I compensate for the extra energy use to an improvement in high-capacity battery. (HP also offers a higher resolution 1680 x 1050 screen, but had a greater use of Ultra Bright)
- Laptop Battery
- HP Hdx x18-1000 Battery
- HP Pavilion dv7t-1000 Battery
- Hp laptop Battery
- Compaq Mini 311 Battery
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Video Card: For $ 50 (HP offers a 50% discount), I have upgraded from an Nvidea GeForce 8400M GS with a Nvidea GeForce 8600M GS. To be perfectly honest, I am not sure that I never need the hp notebook batteries . Mainly I was influenced by another user reviews and recommendations, which encouraged improvements in the video card to extend the useful life of equipment. The 8600 offers 512 MB of dedicated memory (as opposed to 256 for 8400), and rock if I had opted for BluRay unit (I knew I could spend too much on BluRay discs, thus avoiding that option).
Wireless: For another $ 50, I upgraded to an Intel (R) PRO / Wireless Network Connection 4965A/G/N with Bluetooth. I recommend this option to anyone interested in ease of connection. My job se basa en una fast Internet connection, so it was an easy decision to improve and have the new networks of N available to me. Bluetooth is another life-saving. I immediately ordered a Bluetooth mouse (the tremendous Logitech V470) and a Bluetooth headset, which make my life easier every day.
Hard Drive: The 250 GB hard drive is more than sufficient for my needs. It has 5400RPM, which is fast but not lightning fast. There is a provision 240GB, 7200RPM unit, and other units can store up to 640GB. Once again, for my less intensive purposes 250/5400 population is entirely appropriate.
Outer shell: "Masthead Radiance" is beautifully finished, and comes standard. On a glossy finish (black on the outside, gray on the inside) is subtle but beautiful. It's more fun than seeing a typical matte finish, but also recklessly collects fingerprints. A soft cloth (or even a tee shirt) removes stains without risking the magnificent final.