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HP dv8000z Review (pics, specs)

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by animas3D, Dec 22, 2005.

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  1. animas3D

    animas3D Notebook Enthusiast NBR Reviewer

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    mach_zero Casual Observer NBR Reviewer

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    Darn you!! I was all settled on the dv4000 until I saw this review! ;)
    But seriously, this looks like the ideal solution for the home user who doesn't use a computer for serious multimedia editing or gaming but still wants (or needs) a large amount of screen real estate. Will be taking a very serious look at this one....
     
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    Momo26 Notebook Deity NBR Reviewer

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    Thanks for the Hard drive review links. I can't seem to find the exact hard drive serial number (make number) to compare against the review's.
     
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    animas3D Notebook Enthusiast NBR Reviewer

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    I'm not really sure what you mean about the hard drive serial numbers.
     
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    neoksu Newbie

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    Hi, am interested in graphics and web design right now and every store ive been to has told me i NEED an apple. i do not understand why i need an apple if i find a pc like this one that can kick a powerbook's ass. i was curious why you went with this hp over an apple considering your profession. personally i am turned off by apple's high prices and "we're better than you" attitude. just wanted your opinion.

    thanks,
    Geoff
     
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    animas3D Notebook Enthusiast NBR Reviewer

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    I used to be a Macintosh user, but found that that wintel machines were cheaper and faster. So far, no regrets.

    I would assume that it is difficult for some to mentally make the switch.

    Apple is a great company, though.
     
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    xAMDvsIntelx Notebook Deity

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    I was a Windows-only user until I finally got my first Apple, an iMac G5. So far it's been great and I love the hassle-free OS, but I don't feel quite as at "home" with it than I do with Windows. I guess it all depends though.
     
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    JBirdAngel Notebook Enthusiast

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    hello

    i am wondering about the ati radeon xpress 200m

    is it truely adequate for 3d work such as modeling and animation, such as with softimage|xsi?

    from the review it looks like it as it sounds like this was a criteria for choosing a computer, as it is what i want also, however it didnt sound like alot of 3d work had yet been done with the card, so im wondering more info specifically on its 3d capabilities/performance.

    okay thank you :) - jason

    "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me."
    - Jesus - John 14:1
     
  9. animas3D

    animas3D Notebook Enthusiast NBR Reviewer

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    Although I don't use SoftImage, the following principle applies, Final renders are handled by the main processor, not the video card. Realtime graphics are less of a factor in 3D modeling and animation than in games.

    I went with this machine because of the Turion 64 bit chip and the dual hard drives (as well as the large screen). For animation production and video applications, it does the job quite nicely.
     
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    dinakarj Newbie

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    Nice review and picutres.....Quiet impressive.......I have almost decided on going in for a dv8000. While checking it out on hpshopping.com, i realised that they offer two type of displays - Brightview and Ultra Brightview. Do you know the difference. THe price difference is $100 and am not sure which one to pick.

    I checkout of the forums and came across a few posts on this, but were not very helpful.

    Can you help.......



    Dj
     
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    Slappy san Notebook Consultant

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    When you go to System Properties does it say 2.0ghz?

    When you took yours out of the box was there any kind of protection on the screen?
     
  12. JBirdAngel

    JBirdAngel Notebook Enthusiast

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    as far as the difference in screen if you can id suggest going to a store that has both kinds and see if you can at all do the less expensive one.


    - jason

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    chrisbutts Notebook Enthusiast

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    Great review!

    Now that this laptop is available with the Intel Core Duo, would you still pick the AMD if you had the choice?

    I am purchasing this model, but still haven't decided on which processor to get.
     
  14. Merkaba

    Merkaba Notebook Geek

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    Intel Duo all the way. I'm amazed at all the things I can do at once!
     
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    About two weeks ago I didn't have the slightest idea about notebooks, and now I'm ready to make a purchase because of reviews like this one and from the help of all you guys.

    THANKS!
     
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    can you post the link for Core Duo version of this laptop?
    Do you know if it is available in Canada?
     
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    As far as I know there is not a review of this laptop with the core duo processor.
     
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