Tuesday, April 5, 2011

HP Pavilion zd8060us Laptop Review

HP Pavilion zd8060us Laptop Review
Take your entertainment center with you wherever you roam with the HP Pavilion zd8060 Media Center Notebook PC. Record your favorite TV programs and watch them on the widescreen 17-inch LCD monitor, view photo slideshows with your own soundtrack, or watch DVD movies, and control it all with the included remote. The zd8060 can also unleash your digital creativity with the multiformat DVD/CD burner and included Image Zone photo editing and management software. This multimedia notebook features a super-fast, hyper-threaded 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 processor, 100 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, 54g wireless connectivity, multiformat memory card reader, and a powerful video/graphics card with 128 MB of dedicated RAM.

The Basics :

  • Hard Drive: The 100 GB hard drive is one of the largest available in today's notebooks, enabling road warriors and multimedia enthusiasts more than enough capacity for storing documents, digital media files, and productivity software.
  • Processor: The hyper-threaded 3.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor allows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system, helping to deliver faster transistors and increased performance. It also features a 1 MB L2 cache and a blazingly fast 800 MHz front-side bus speed, which measures how fast a processor and the main memory communicate. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)

A Hyper-Threading processor helps a PC to run multiple demanding applications at the same time. This technology enables the processor to execute two threads (a part of a program) in parallel, boosting performance during key high-drain procedures. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking.
  • Memory: The 512 MB of installed RAM (2 x 256 MB, dual channel at 400 MHz) is a decent start, but you'll want to take advantage of the 2 GB capacity (2 x 1 GB) to fulfill this notebook's strong multimedia capabilities.
  • CD/DVD Drive: The combo DVD+/-RW and CD-RW drive is compatible with a wide variety disc formats, including DVD+, DVD-, VCD, and SVCD discs. For DVD-RW discs, it has a 1x write/rewrite speed, while for DVD+RW discs it has a 2x write/rewrite speed (DVDs are read at 5x). For CDs, it has a 16x write/10x rewrite/40x read speed.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a standard keyboard with scroll bar and integrated numeric keypad, and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical scroll up/down pad.

Screen, Graphics and Sound :
The ATI Radeon X300 SE is a high-end video card, powerful enough to run one large virtual screen across two displays. It features 128 MB of dedicated video RAM, S-Video and the higher-fidelity DVI connections out, and PCI Express x16 support, which enables graphics to process faster. It also features the integrated Intel High Definition audio chip (Azalia), featuring THX certification and 8 channels for full Dolby 5.1/6.1/7.2 surround sound with Dolby Pro Logic IIx.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots :
The zd8060us has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. The 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support will enable it to be ready for tomorrow's 125 Mbps wireless LANs. You get a good offering of connectivity options, including super-fast USB 2.0 and Firewire:
  • 4 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 out
  • 1 parallel port
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 6-in-1 memory card reader (compatible with Secure Digital, MultiMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, and XD Picture Cards)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack

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 :
The pre-installed Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is essentially Windows XP Professional Edition with a variety of tools to help you to create, organize, and enjoy digital media ranging from music to home movies to photo slide shows. Additionally, it enables you to control your television with the included remote and record and pause programs (much like a DVR--or digital video recorder--such as Tivo or ReplayTV). With the 250 GB hard drive, you'll be able to record and store up to 180 hours of video programming. It's compatible with cable, digital cable, satellite TV and antenna inputs, and it includes an FM tuner.

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.

Other preloaded software includes InterVideo WinDVD Creator and WinDVD SE player, Muvee autoProducer, Apple iTunes, Sonic RecordNow, Norton AntiVirus 2005, Microsoft Works 8.0, MSN Encarta Standard, Microsoft Money, and Quicken 2004 New User Edition.

Dimensions and Weight
At 9.4 pounds, the zd8060 isn't the most easily portable notebook. It measures 15.7 x 11.4e x 1.96 inches (L x W x H).

Power :
This notebook is powered by a 12-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which offers an average of 3 hours of battery life (dependent upon computing conditions).

What's in the Box :
This package contains the zd8060 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty and 30-day free software support.

Product Description :
Includes: 12-cell lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, Norton AntiVirus 2005, Microsoft Works & Money, Sonic RecordNow, WinDVD, & more. hp Pavilion zd8060 Notebook PC - This media center notebook features the latest in computing, and digital entertainment technology. One amazing feature is the external hp Dual TV Tuner & PVR. Which lets you record up to 2 live TV programs at the same time, pause live TV, and record your favorite shows. It's controlled with an included remote control and Microsoft's special Media Center Edition 2005 operating system, which gives you an easy-to-use graphical interface that can be controlled from the comfort of a couch or bed. In addition, you can use Media Center Edition 2005 to organize and playback your digital music library, view slideshows of your digital photo album, and much more. ATI MOBILITY RADEON X600 with 128MB of DDR SDRAM 100GB 4200RPM HDD DVD Writer - supports DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, & CD-R/RW media 17 Widescreen High-Definition BrightView LCD Native Resolution - 1440 x 900 802.11g Wi-Fi Wireless Networking Adapter 6-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital, MultiMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, or xD Picture Cards 56k Fax Modem 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio with internal Harman/Kardon speakers 1 Type I/II PC Card Slot (32-bit card bus) 1 ExpressCard/54 Slot (also supports Express Card/34) Ports - 10/100 Ethernet, 4 USB 2.0, 1 FireWire, 1 VGA Out, 1 S-Video Out, 1 Expansion Port 2 Connector, 1 Headphone Out, & 1 Microphone In Kensington MicroSaver Lock Slot.

Technical Details :
  • Intel Pentium 4 Processor 540 (3.2 GHz) with HT Technology
  • 1MB L2 Cache
  • 800MHz FSB
  • 512MB of DDR2 400MHz Dual Channel SDRAM (expandable to 2GB)
  • 2 RAM Slots (occupied)

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