*HP dv8 Owners Lounge*

Discussion in 'HP' started by rageman, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. rageman

    rageman Notebook Deity

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    Figured I'd open up a new Lounge for the Hp dv8 Community.




    Here you are able to customize and order your dv8 Notebook!


    Check and bookmark these three sites for HP Coupons!!

    1. Site One!
    2. Site Two!
    3. Site Three!

    Also, join the HDX & DV Series User Group!! Just click on the image in my Sig or go here! You'll find a Complete Set of Forums for the DV Series (tied in w/ the HDX Series)!! You'll love it.

    Here you will find all the latest drivers for the dv8 Series Notebooks!

    Click here for a Big Beautiful Picture of the new HP dv8!!

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  2. wolfskinbjc

    wolfskinbjc Notebook Geek

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    I'm glad you started this. Just sold my HDX Dragon for this laptop. Actually made money on the sale! Heres my specs:

    dv8t quad edition
    • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB)
    • FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) from 3GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    • FREE Upgrade to 320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
    • 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M
    • 18.4" diagonal High Definition HP Ultra BrightView Infinity Display (1920x1080p)
    • Blu-Ray +/-R/RW with SuperMulti
    • Webcam + Fingerprint Reader with HP Imprint Finish (Espresso Black)
    • Intel Wireless-N Mini-card
    • HP Integrated HDTV Hybrid Tuner
    • HP Color Matching Keyboard
    • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
    • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
    • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

    Ordered it on sunday the 18th using the bing 25% cash back. I got a wireless printer for like 50 bucks too with all the deals. That will be sent out today, the 19th, and my computer will be 'built' buy the 27th. The hp lady said that is the latest day it will be built and shipped, which means it could be bulit and shipped before that date. I got two day shipping, so the latest I can get the laptop is the 29th. I can't wait. I'm looking maybe to get a ssd, but i want atleat a 128gb, but i don't wanna pay over 150. is there one that will be worth the purchase?
    Ben
     
  3. rageman

    rageman Notebook Deity

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    Great set-up!

    Yeah, the dv8 line is VERY resonably priced! I couldn't believe it. I could get the same setup that you just ordered for the same amount of money I spent on my HDX18. I am not sad, I love my computer and plan on keeping it for some time.

    As for the SSD, I doubt you'll be able to find one that meets your desires. Sad to say, I know. But in time they will go down in price (they have recently anyway).

    But you're on the right track, SSD is the best upgrade for your computer!!

    Also, I noticed they are not offering the Backlite keyboard yet. I imagine they will soon. In fact if you look at that big picture of the dv8 in my original post, you can see on the keyboard it has the Function Box which is the same as the backlite keyboards for the HDX Series.

    I am even tempted to say that the keyboards may be compatible. Time will tell.

    But congrats on your purchase as well as your sale of your Dragon!! Sounds like you got the perfect deal!
     
  4. wolfskinbjc

    wolfskinbjc Notebook Geek

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    Quick update,
    a new coupon code was released that gave 200 more off a dv8 today (20th). I called hp to try to get it applied from my order on the 18th. They wouldnt do it, however, I could cancel my order and reorder and apply it. (I didn't really want to do this since I would lose that 25% cash back). I threatened to cancel ( i really wasn't gonna, it was a shot to get the coupon applied), and they offered me 80$ credit back on the card I purchased the notebook with. Of course I took it! (because I'd still get the bing cash back!).

    Maybe you all should try it too, hopefully you'll get similar results!
    Ben
     
  5. halhaqir

    halhaqir Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi,
    New here. I am considering a DV8 and have a few questions. I currently use an old XP desktop.
    1) this is not DV8 specific, but do I need to buy a new copy of Win 7 if I want to run Win 7 in a virtual machine? I want to install some remote connection software to connect to the office, and it has a tendency to "take over the machine". If I loaded this in a VM and only installed the work software in teh VM, my system would remain "clean"

    2) Will the DV8 be available from the factory with a backlight keyboard?

    3) The DV8 is currently only available with a single graphics card option. Is this a decent card?

    4) Is the dv8 a replacement for the HDX 18?

    5) I know it i big, but besides size, are there any drawbacks that you can think of?

    6) any suggestions on a case? I don't want a backpack. All teh cases I saw were too small for this

    7) Is there a way to order the dv8 without crapware, or easily reinstall only the OS?

    Thanks

    H. Al-Haqir
     
  6. luci5r

    luci5r Notebook Consultant

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    I'm stuck between DV8 & Dell Studio 17. My biggest concern is 'Backlit Keyboard' which is standard on Studio 17. I've had horrible experience with another HP notebook with the crappiest keyboard.

    So basically, I too have similar questions ...

    What's the possibility of Backlit Keyboard on the DV8?
    How does the GT 230M stack up against ATI HD 4650 offered by Studio 17?

    Biggest plus I have going for DV8 is screen size. I like bigger screens.

    Thanks.
     
  7. husky55

    husky55 Notebook Evangelist

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    The performance of the GT 230 should be comparable:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-230M.17646.0.html

    Backlight KB is not available now. It is not a must have for me.
     
  8. husky55

    husky55 Notebook Evangelist

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    1.That is what VM is supposed to do. You are talking VPN?
    2. No
    3.Yes, see link above
    4.No
    5.Plenty but there is no perfect laptop. First gen I7 mobile, 45nm technology, probably will run hot. About 45 W I believe.
    6.Case? What case? Go to slappa.com and see what they have.
    7. There is a hidden partition, you don't want to lose that. Before you do anything make your backup disks.
     
  9. rageman

    rageman Notebook Deity

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    Check out this thread.
    I just ordered this bag last night.

    Plenty more bags here.
     
  10. halhaqir

    halhaqir Notebook Enthusiast

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    Firstly thanks for all of your replies.

    1. I wanted to know if a distinct license is required to load the OS up in a VM.
    2. Are no HP laptops available with a backlight keyboard? I thought the HDX-18 was available with his as a $50 option.

    4. If it is not a replacement, what is the difference between the 2? On HP's site, when selecting by screen size, the HDX18 notebook no longer show up, though the 16 does.

    Thanks

     
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