An old style 15 inch laptop
HP is one of those companies which offer customers great quality products. If you are in need of a new laptop, then you should consider one of theirs. The recently launched HP Pavilion dv5120us promises to be “a great choice for both business road warriors and multimedia enthusiasts on the go.” Does this device rise up to HP lovers’ expectations? We decided to analyze the laptop and here is what we can say about what we experienced during our experiments.
First things first, let’s see how the latest HP dv5120us did in terms of design. HP laptops look good; the one we’re reviewing today is really attractive with its dark-grey color and clean lines. The product ships with the following measurements: 14.1″ x 10.15″ x 1.77″; it has a weight of 2.99kg. These two specs make the new laptop one of the slimmest and lightest models available today. On the front of the device is a 15.4″ WXGA HD BrightView display; when we tested the product, the screen looked very good even in direct sunlight. The display comes with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and an 18% improvement in contrast ratio; the resolution offered us the possibility to watch DVD movies without the fear of experiencing awful viewing conditions. The HP BrightView technology made sure that the laptop offered great clarity for easy reading. Viewing angles were great.
As for keyboard, the latest Pavilion dv5120us ships with a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad and a 101-key keyboard; the former also comes with two quick-launch buttons, namely DVD and HP QuickPlay Music.
The processor this laptop uses is a 1.8 GHz AMD Turion 64 ML-32 with 512 KB L2 cache. It delivers very good performance along with efficient power consumption. The processor features various technologies such as PowerNow!, Enhanced Virus Protection and, finally, HyperTransport. The former of the bunch reduces heat generation and offers longer battery life; the second technology improves protection against viruses and the latter increases the communication between integrated circuits. In terms of graphics, the HP dv5120us notebook sports ATI Radeon XPress 200M IGP video/graphics card; with its help, the laptop provides good 3D graphics.
In the hard drive and memory department, the device boasts the following: 100 GB hard drive (4200 RPM) and 1 GB of installed RAM (PC2700, 333 MHz, 2 x 512 MB). These two offer enough storage room and improve office productivity. The 2GB of total RAM capacity enhance overall performance. The CD/DVD drive is compatible with various formats, such as dual-layer (DL) DVD+/-R discs, DVD+ and DVD disc. The laptop also features an extra DVD-ROM drive for disc playback and a second DVD-ROM optical drive which has a 16x read speed. During our benchmark we very much enjoyed the device’s LightScribe DVD+/-RW drive, because it enabled us to laser-etch excellent quality text and images on to both DVDs and CDs.
Windows XP Home Edition OS
As for operating system, the gadget uses Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2; the latter provides Advanced Security Technologies.
In terms of connectivity and networking, the HP Pavilion dv5120us ships with the following: 1 VGA monitor port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 microphone in, 1 headphone out, RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems), 1 ExpressCard/54 slot, built-in 56K modem and many more. There’s also 54g wireless LAN (fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks).
Some of the preinstalled software: Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition, Microsoft Works 8.0, Encarta Encyclopedia 2005, PC Recovery, Muvee AutoProducer and much more.
The 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery offered up to 3 hours of life and the optional 12-cell lithium-ion battery provided 8 hours.
As we near the end of our analysis, we can safely say that the HP Pavilion dv5120us is money well-spent.