Tuesday, April 5, 2011

HP Pavilion DV1680US 14" Laptop Review (Intel Core Duo Processor T2400 "Centrino")

HP Pavilion DV1680US 14
HP : Access your digital audio library wherever you roam with the HP Pavilion dv1650us notebook PC, which weighs just over 5 pounds and comes with 100 GB of storage space. It features a widescreen, BrightView 14-inch display, which provides improved viewing in direct sunlight, and dedicated external media and menu control allow you to navigate your video and music files quickly and easily. Control playback settings from up to 10 feet away with the included HP remote, then store it conveniently in the PC card slot.

It's powered by Intel's new, groundbreaking processor--the powerful Core Duo T2400--which provides an optimized, multithreaded architecture for improved gaming and multitasking performance and a more efficient power consumption. The dual execution core T2400 has a 1.83 GHz processor speed and 2 MB L2 cache. Other hardware features include 512 MB of installed memory (2 GB maximum), tri-mode wi-fi connectivity (802.11a/b/g), Bluetooth wireless connectivity, multi-format/dual-layer DVD drive (which can also burn CDs) with LightScribe functionality, and Windows XP Home Edition (SP2).

The Basics :
  • Hard Drive: The 100 GB hard drive is above average in size for notebook PCs, and it's roomy enough to store business productivity applications, all your important documents and presentations, and a good-sized digital audio and video library. This drive also offers a very fast 5400 RPM speed--at the top of its class in notebooks and great for responsive multimedia play.
  • Processor: The Intel Core Duo T2400 processor is built with the Mobile Intel 945PM Express chipset, and it has a 1.83 GHz processor speed, super-fast 667 MHz front-side bus (FSB), and large 2 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)
The Intel Core Duo processor has two computational execution cores in a single processor, providing greater system response when running multi-threaded applications simultaneously with no significant increase in power consumption. It's optimized for multitasking and is ready to support the next version of Microsoft Windows, code-named Vista. It can simultaneously run multiple demanding applications--such as graphics-intensive games or serious number-crunching business productivity applications--while downloading music or running virus-scanning security programs in the background. It's more efficient, thanks to Intel's Power Coordination and Deeper Sleep, which help to transfer power only to those areas of the processor that need it. It also features Intel's Digital Media Boost, which delivers enhanced performance on floating point-intensive applications such as CAD tools, 3D and 2D modeling, video editing, digital music, digital photography and gaming.
  • Memory: The 1 GB of built-in memory (2 x 512 MB, PC4200, DDR2 SDRAM) is a very good start right out of the box for power users, and it offers a very fast 533 MHz speed. But you'll want to take advantage of the 2 GB capacity for working with today's demanding business productivity applications.
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the dv1680's multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with writing both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer (DL) DVD+/-R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features 4x DVD-R DL Write Once, 2.4x DVD+R DL Write Once, 8x DVD+R, 4x DVD+RW, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD-RW, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW, and 40x CD-ROM speeds. It also comes with a second DVD-ROM optical drive, with 16x read speed. It also comes with an extra DVD-ROM drive for disc playback only.

This LightScribe DVD+/-RW drive lets you laser-etch silkscreen quality text and images on to CDs and DVDs . Your software, PC and discs work together for a no-hassle way to burn just the labels you want. After you burn content, just flip the disc over, reinsert and burn your label--anything from a simple title to a full-disc work of art.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad. It also includes two quick-launch buttons (HP QuickPlay Music and DVD).

Screen, Graphics and Sound :
While this notebook is actually as wide as standard 15-inch displays, the high-definition, widescreen 14-inch display (1280 x 768-pixel resolution) has the same form factor as a 12-inch screen--taking up less space on your desk. Video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, which uses Intel Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT) and provides 128 MB of shared video memory. The integrated audio card (Realtek ALC250) provides 16-bit stereo sound via the built-in stereo Altec Lansing speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots :
The dv1680us features an integrated PRO/Wireless 3945ABG wireless LAN that's compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found in home routers and wi-fi hotspots) as well as 802.11a networks (which has a higher throughput, but more limited range--great for closed office environments). With the Bluetooth wireless connectivity, you can synchronize and transfer files between the PC and peripherals such as cell phones and PDAs. You get a very good offering of connectivity options, which includes both super-fast USB 2.0 and FireWire:
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video port for connecting to a TV
  • 1 ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
  • 1 Expansion Port 2 connector
  • 1 IR receiver
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software :
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works 8.0 (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), HP Image Zone Plus, Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition (with 60 days of LiveUpdate), Encarta Encyclopedia 2005, Quicken New User Edition 2005, Microsoft Money 2005, Sonic DigitalMedia Plus, Sonic MyDVD Plus, Muvee AutoProducer, and PC Recovery.

The included HP Image Zone Plus photo and imaging software makes it easy to organize, edit, share, print, protect, and store your photos and video clips. Organize and find your photos easily by timeline, keywords, and/or location using the unique photo-globe mapping tool. Remove red eye and fix other common problems. Share your photos quickly via e-mails that include thumbnails with links to the full-sized images--without downloading time-consuming attachments.

Dimensions and Weight
This notebook PC measures 13.15 x 9.24 x 1.52 inches and weighs 5.33 pounds.

Power :
It's powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 3 hours (depending on usage). You'll get up to 8 hours of battery life with the optional 12-cell lithium-ion battery.

What's in the Box :
This package contains the dv1680us notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, IR remote control, earphones, and operating instructions. It is backed by a limited warranty for parts and labor for one year from date of purchase as well as technical telephone assistance for one year. Software is also covered for 90 days from date of purchase.

Product Description :
Included Accesories: HP Pavilion dv1680us Notebook PC; HP mobile remote control; Mobile stereo Earbud headphones (1 pair); 65W AC adapter; 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery

HP dv1680us Pavilion Notebook PC was designed for your life and to extend its reach beyond limits. It delivers portable digital entertainment and powerful computing -- all in a slim, sleek design that's lightweight for your mobility. View everything clearly on the integrated 14" BrightView WXGA high-definition widescreen display. Breakthrough mobile performance combines with increased connectivity, to give you superb digital entertainment. Enjoy real-time conferences and conversations with the HP Pavilion dv1680us Notebook, which features a Webcam with integrated microphone. It also captures still photos and video clips, which you can then e-mail right away. Plus you get all the other HP laptop essentials, including plenty of processor power, a spacious hard drive, and a double-layer media drive. Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (up to 128MB) 14 WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 768) HP Pavilion Webcam with integrated microphone LightScribe 8x DVD+/-RW and CD-RW Combo Drive with Double Layer support Integrated 10/100 Base-T integrated Ethernet LAN Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 802.11BG LAN 6-in-1 Digital Media Reader for SD & MMC, Memory Stick & Memory Stick PRO, SmartMedia and xD-Picture Cards Altec Lansing speakers High-speed 56K modem 1 PC-ExpressCard Slot External Ports - 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 VGA (15-pin), 1 RJ-11 (modem), 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 FireWire (4-pin), 1 Consumer IR, 1 microphone in, 1 Expansion Port 2 Software Included - Norton Internet Security 2006, HP TotalCare, Adobe Acrobat Reader, PC Recovery, Microsoft Works, Money, MSN Encarta Plus, Office 2003 Student Teacher Edition (60-day trial), Sonic Digital Media Plus, HP Games, Muvee AutoProducer, Windows Movie Maker & Media Play

Technical Details

  • Notebook PC with widescreen 14-inch LCD and 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo T2400 with 2 MB L2 cache
  • 100 GB hard drive, 1 GB of RAM (2 GB max), multi-format/dual-layer Light scribe DVD/CD burner
  • Three USB 2.0, one FireWire, one VGA, one S-Video, one PCMCIA, microphone, headphone
  • 10/100 Ethernet; 56K (V.90) modem; tri-mode 802.11a/b/g wireless connectivity; Bluetooth
  • Windows XP Home edition, SP2; HP Image Zone Plus

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