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      13.07.2010 01:14
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      This one is for the gamers!

      The HP Pavillion has been my very first Laptop, received as a present Christmas 2007, and I have been enjoying it since.

      I'm an avid player of The Sims 2 so I naturally transferred the game from the home PC to this new laptop. The graphics are great and the wide screen only added to the experience, but it did take up alot of room on the 106GB hard drive. Now that I've gotten an external hard drive it works well and is alot faster.

      But the laptop doesn't just score top marks on gaming experience. The keyboard is punchy and easy to contact with, while the remote control feature is a real bonus. The three USB ports (two on the left and one on the right) come in very handy and overall the whole design is sleek and super stylish.

      Battery life has been a major problem and has led me to never take it out of the house (amongst other reasons). About a year after the initial purchase, the battery has basically become obsolete - impossible to use for more than five minutes. But some of this could be put down to my misuse of it. The cheapest replacement battery I can find is around £40, so it'll cost you. Plus the QuickPlay controls above the keyboard are a real hassle, being very sensitive and fidgitey - but you soon get used to them.

      Overall this is a good entertainment laptop, but not practical to use on-the go, then again it wasn't really designed for that.

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      23.01.2010 12:15
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      Fully recommended to anyone!

      I bought the HP Pavilion after using a Dell for about a year that finally gave up on me. The main reasons that I went for the Pavilion were its specifications and its sleek look.
      It really is a great looking laptop. The silver and black colour scheme works well, as does the simply patterned outer shell. Everything is easy to use - the keyboard is fantastic, really nice to type on. The touch pad is responsive and the scroll function is very handy. The "Quickplay" touch bar at the top is perhaps one of its best features though. This allows you to very easily adjust the volume of any sound, as well as pause, skip and stop tracks, all without needing to go into the media program.
      The laptop is a nice size, without being too bulky. I move it around a lot being a student (from the library to home) and find that it isn't too much of a burden in my bag.
      The screen is also a nice size. It's big enough to comfortably watch films/TV shows and it's also very clear/bright with great colours.
      The sound is pretty good for a laptop, not too "tinny" sounding and the maximum volume is very respectable.
      However, there is one sound that isn't too good with the Pavilion - the fan. The fan, I think, is excessively loud and really does ruin a great laptop. I have gotten used to it over the past year, but at first it was very annoying, especially if you frequent the library.
      The laptop does perform well however. It seldom lags with several programmes open and I am able to play newer games (e.g. Sims 3) without any problems at all. I also have the newest Windows installed (Windows 7), which runs without fault on the Pavilion.
      The 2GB RAM and 160GB HDD are still respectable specifications over a year after I purchased it. There is plenty of space on the hard drive for everything a student needs and more! Which brings me to my final point; the HP Pavilion is very good value for money. It costs me around £300-£350 I believe and it is well worth its price tag. I have never had a problem with it, even after a year and a half of heavy use, so it's perfectly reliable.
      The battery life is okay, it has decreased somewhat after over a year of use, but it can still last an hour plus with moderate to heavy usage.
      Overall, this is a fantastic laptop for most people, with respectable specs, sleek design and great value for money. If you're looking for a nice looking, very reliable laptop, then I wholeheartedly recommend the HP Pavilion.

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      07.08.2009 14:36

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      Overall One of the best laptops money can buy

      The HP Pavillion Dv2000 is one of the best laptops i have invested in and its a good choice the Hp pavillion is an entertainment centre and a multi media centre with its 2GB of ram the Laptop is very fast and to be frowned at. it has a remote control for media and this is great for watching dvds with Windows Xp as the operating system its good to see they are still putting the operating system on new laptops as i thought no one have Windows xp anymore which would of been a shame with the 1.3mega pixel webcam this is brilliant for live messenger and taking pictures and with the built in mic you can have a video chat with family and friends that live abroad the case for the laptop feels sleek and flows and with the dual microphone sockets its great for the kids when travelling as the both don't fight over whos listening to the music because they both can.!

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      12.07.2009 14:57
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      Proceed with caution. A good laptop, but with many faults.

      I have owned this laptop for almost two years now, and im going to have to write a review quite different from the previous ones. I wouldnt say i used this laptop for any heavy use, just word processing and browsing the net.
      In the space of two years i have had to change the power cord twice, the motherboard twice, the entire inside including the HDD once (causing me to lose all my work) and i have had serious overheating and battery issues. The battery life is questionable, and i am forced to keep the laptop plugged into mains at all times. I understand not all HP Pavillion laptops will be like this, but some are and this has been my experience. A quick trawl on the net would reveal that many others have had these issues, so be wary.
      Now onto the good stuff. In terms of features, the computer is well equippeed for the price i paid. The laptop is fast, has good HDD capacity and the laptop itself looks great. The computer took about 10 minutes to initally install and comes equipped with great Roxio video editing and disc burning capabilities, as well as laser engraving for discs. The HP Quickplay media centre is a great alternative to the Windows media centre too. There are a good amount of USB ports(3) and a universal card reader, as well as a reliable WiFi function. The altec lansing speakers sound great for laptop speakers and the screen is fantastic. There is also a 1MP webcam built in for video chat.
      Overall a great laptop, with good features and great design, but let down by the manufacturing process and the parts used. I would say proceed with caution, but if you pick a good one, this laptop will be fantastic

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      22.05.2009 05:31

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      a fantastic laptop well worth the price

      All you want from a laptop and more. It has a massive screen which is perfect for watching DVDs on. It also has a DVD RW for burning DVDs if you dont want to watch them on your laptop. The design is very sleek with blue lights and a cool pattern on top. A step forward from the some what dull laptops which hae been released.

      One of the most impressive things about this laptop however is not its big screen, sleek design, massive hard drive or ram, or the fact it comes loaded with fantasic software like windows media centre, or the TWO remote controls it comes with. Have I mentioned already it has a built in webcam and mirophone?

      Where was I, Oh yeah, one of the most impressive things about this laptop is its connections. It has a connection for practically everything! 4 USB sockets, HDMI socket (think that has something to do with HDTV?) A socket to put your camera's or phone's memory card in it and a nifty little thing that enables you to watch TV on it. Along with all the standard connections you would expect from any other laptop

      I feel I should mention some cons of the laptop however I cant really find any. This truelly is the mother of laptops

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      13.05.2009 21:49

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      Overall a great buy - no problems after a year so it must be good.

      I've had this laptop for a year now and it is still running as smoothly as the day I first used it. On the outside this laptop is very pleasing with a sleek smooth top and rounded corners. The inside is just as good with a keyboard that fills most of the space, a large screen with a web cam inbuilt. The inbuilt mouse panel is very responsive and allows easy gliding. I have had no scratches or imperfections in my whole time of using the laptop.

      Using the laptop is good experience, it is very quiet even when used for long periods of time. It stays relatively cool and doesn't overheat. The keyboard is very responsive and keys are pleasant to use unlike some laptops which stick or click too much. The screen is very clear and bright making it easy to use.

      In terms of operation, the laptop is very responsive and processes requests fast and has good memory.

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      07.02.2009 13:25

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      still looks brand new even after 2 years and it still works great.

      This is a great laptop. i've had mine now for about 2 years and it still kind of looks brand new apart from the grey paint has been chipped off 1 corner and its scratched abit around the mouse. i use this laptop everyday for long period of hours and it still works fine, its got a really bright screen and is still fast and had alot of disk space. well worth the money i payed for it. the only problem ive had with this laptop is the touch buttons on the keyboard play up now and then, but ive had it nearly two years so i cant really complain. the graphics are great and games work really good. the underneath of the laptop doesnt get that hot, usually when it does its because ive been on it for a good few hours. its really small and easy to carry about. im glad i bought it because its a great laptop.

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      22.10.2008 21:33
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      Good laptop

      DV2045 is an accetpable laptop for everyday use, it is capable to handle almost evey kind of entertainment needs. And it is cheap for its price. That is why I choose this laptop as the portable center of my home recreation.

      It was Feb this year, and my wife and I moved into a new apartment. It was bigger than our former one, so we started to think about adding something new. We went to bestbuy on a weekend to find something that can provide some recreastion or game when we were at home. We first thought of Wii or Xbox, but it is too expesive to us. We have a lot of game on PC, but don't have games onWii or Xbox.

      Then we saw HP's DV2045, its features are so fit to our standards. It has a wide screen, an acctepable hard drive and memoer,and also wi-fi. I am also excited by its graphic card, it is Nvidia Geforce, which mean I can run most of my games on it.

      So, with some consideration, we took this one.

      I here recommend it to you, if you want to save money to buy an entertainment laptop for your family.

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      08.04.2008 00:27
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      The best on the market a year ago but I wouldn't get this now- great specs but not worth the trouble

      -Appearance-
      Sleek, black, and sexy! My cover's gotten slightly scratched, because as much as I'm super careful with my laptop, it does happen....

      The silver paint layer or whatever it is is tarting to chip at the corners and a bit of colour has come off on my left keyboard button. It's not very obvious but I would rather it stuck to a matt black service than have it peel!

      -Features-
      I'm a giant techie and when I got my laptop (over a year ago) I AGONIZED about it- and this was my final decision! This laptop's great. It's comes with a Lightscribe DVD-RW drive (allows you to engrave little markings on your Lightscribe DVDS) but I can't even FIND a lightscribe disc so that's not been very good. As a matter of fact I've had to take out my whole DVD drive and replace it with a new one because it stopped reading discs... But that happens

      It comes with a Webcam and Microphone which is lovely because I like doing webcam things with my friends overseas. The speakers are Altec-Lansing! Fancy! and they sound pretty good so I'm happy with that as well.

      The keyboard and touchpad work reasonably well- this is pretty much the only computer I use these days so I've gotten really used to it (I'm using this laptop right now as I write this review)

      The wireless can detect better than others. It doesn't have a finger sensor, which I thought would be nice, but that doesn't matter I wouldn't use it too often anyway

      This is an Entertainment Laptop so it's got this little touch control thing as well as a remote control! And it's also got 2 headphone jacks- a great touch so you can watch a movie with your friend without having to get a splitter! Always convenient.

      The hard disk is 100 GB- about 20 GB or something dedicated to windows XP but still plenty of space for my music, homework and Sims 2! The RAM is 1GB which is quick enough but not quite matching up to recent laptops popping up with 2 GB.

      The video card and processor aren't very good but they work okay. I like the low refresh rate cos it's better for my eyes anyway.

      -Long Term Use-
      I find that after my months of battering and trying out different things (installing vista, then uninstalling- i must have brainwashed my laptop at lesat 8 times) and mucking around with the registry and stuff hasn't really been good for Stevie (the PC)'s health.

      Bits and bobs are breaking slowly, the DVD drive's fallen out (replaced with 40 pounds which is quite cheap) and I suspect the fan's died and gone to heaven cos my laptop BURNS! If, by the way you have any tips, please leave a comment.

      -Advantages-
      Fast, good specs, nice touches, entertainment pc comes with perks if you like watching movies on ur laptop

      -Disadvantages-
      Seems to not work! When I installed vista manually (it came with XP) I kept getting the blue screen of death! Installing new OSTs are impossible

      -Conclusion-
      A good laptop with a fairly good price for what you're getting but the next time I get a laptop (give it another 4 years probably lol) I think I want a Mac- I'm sick and tired of having to tweak stupid Windows!!!

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      23.01.2008 23:13
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      Nice lappy with plenty of features and a shiny case.

      I would like to start by saying that I am using this particular laptop to write this review. I am not a super techie so I won't go on about the front side bus speed and processor bit rates etc but will try and let you have an insite into the features and what its like to live with a dv2045ea HP.

      I think I am right in saying that this particular model was one of the first of the "new" fingerprint design cases that HP introduced. Its made of the same type of high quality and very shiny plastics that you might find on an ipod etc. Looks great until you touch it, then oh the finger prints!! I can see how the design got its name, although they do supply a quality cloth to polish your shiny black laptop with but then who wants to spend time cleaning their laptop? A minor problem I know but if you hate finger prints on stuff this isn't for you. Once you open the lid your met with more of the finger print design but the silver inside isn't as bad as the black plastic case for collecting prints. The keyboard is good and laid out well and as a touch typist myself I appreciate the quality feel and for a laptop its laid out pretty well. The touch sensitive media buttons are a nice feature although it is easy to accidentally hit the wrong one and launch the built in media software for example when all you wanted was the F4 key for example. The other obvious interface it the touchpad which is the usualy fare with a scroller at the side and the option to quickly switch it on and off is welcome as accidentally scrolling the screen whilst typing is a pet hate of mine when using the laptop. The rest of the case feels well made and has nice rounded corners and flows nicely with sturdy looking hinges for the screen, which is of the now fairly standard fare, shiny black wxga variety, producing great contrast and clarity for a laptop. I would go as far as to say its better than my HP LCD desktop screen. Other case features are a pop out remote control for the HP media centre which is handy and functional but feels cheap and I'm not sure how long it'll last with regular use. The multi card reader is good and is accompanied by the usual firewire and usb ports which are on each side and not on the back making them nicely accessible. My only real gripe with the layout of the case switches etc is the wirelss switch is located on the front edge and can get turned off accidentally.

      Other than that what else can I tell you... XP Home works well with usual bundle of unused software. HP Media centre can be used seperately from the operating system allowing you to use the machine for DVD's and music without draining the battery with unecessary operating system stuff running in the background. The speakers are pretty good from Altec Lansing for general use but struggle with load music. The Duo processors run much quieter and cooler than my previous HP machine which had the hot Pentium 4 chip.

      My only downsides to this machine are I'd expected a built in webcam but when the machine arrived it didn't have one although the microphones are there and that daft wireless switch. Oh and it would have been good to have dedicated graphics although the Intel chips seem to cope with general video and games, I have run C&C Generals on it ok.

      So to finish, it works well otherwise, looks great if you keep the prints cleaned off that shiny black case, and is light enough and with descent battery to be portable.

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