Wednesday, February 27, 2008

HP Pavilion ZV6000 Review

HP Pavilion ZV6000 Review

The HP zv6000 is at the lower end of the price range for HP notebooks, but I feel it is an excellent value for all that is included. It is primarily intended to be a desktop replacement style notebook, but with 3-4 hours of zv6000 battery life, it will definitely do the job of a portable computer. The processor is an AMD desktop variant, and if you upgrade to the 64-bit AMD Athlon you will get the 939-pin chip! It is built on the 0.13 micron Newcastle core with 512kb of L2 cache which will provide excellent performance.

HP Pavilion ZV6000 Battery:

I got the 12-cell hp pavilion zv6000 laptop battery, and I have been very pleased with it so far. I ran it down the day after receiving my notebook and it took a solid four hours to get the hp zv6000 battery drained. I ran MobileMeter and the new battery already registers as having 5% wear. I assume this 5% is simply lost through the chemical breakdown in the hp zv5000 battery.

Chemistry : Li-ion
Volt : 14.8V
Capacity : 6600mAh
Dimension : 152 x 114 x 19.3mm
Net Weight : 607.5g
Color : Black


Compaq Presario V2000 Review

As a busy medical student, I was looking for a portable notebook computer that would fit easily into my bag and would not weigh me down. I did not need an expensive, top-of-the-line computer for high-demand applications or gaming. I simply needed a computer for writing emails, browsing the internet, writing papers, creating Power Point presentations, working with Excel spreadsheets, syncing with a PDA, watching DVD movies, and listening to music. My new computer had to have a built-in wireless card, a DVD-ROM drive, a long battery life, an audio output port for connecting headphones or external speakers, and USB ports. The most important feature, however, was a price that a student can afford. I was willing to forego some features in order to keep the price below $1000. I considered several popular computer models, including Dell Inspiron, Sony Vaio, Toshiba Satellite, and IBM ThinkPad. Most of these brands came with price tags that placed them just beyond my reach. Although I knew that Hewlett Packard and Compaq made affordable computers, I associated these brand names with heavy, bulky notebooks. After a few weeks of searching for an affordable computer that satisfied my demands, I discovered the Compaq Presario V2000 and its Hewlett Packard cousin, the hp pavilion dv1000. I checked out both of these models at a local office supply store. I was surprised to find the HP and Compaq names on smaller, more compact notebooks. Much has been written about the similarities and differences between these two computers. For my needs, the only obvious advantage I saw in the DV1000 over the V2000 was the Quick Play feature, which allows you to watch movies or listen to CDs without going through a complete Windows start-up. Because I could not see myself using this feature very often, I decided to buy the slightly less expensive Compaq V2000, which is marketed as the "take it anywhere" model in the Presario line.

Compaq Presario V2000 Battery

There are two battery options on the V2000: 6-cell lithium ion presario v2000 battery or 12-cell lithium ion m2000 battery. Because I was trying to minimize both the cost and the weight of the computer, I ordered the V2000 with the 6-cell battery. With everyday use, I can get almost three hours out of the 6-cell. This has worked out very well for my demands. I mainly use the computer at home, the school library, and at coffeehouses. Because I never seem to be very far from a power source, the battery life of the 6-cell has worked well for me. However, for those who need a longer battery life and are not bothered by a little extra weight, the V2000 can be ordered with a 12-cell hp pavilion dv1000 battery (instead of the 6-cell) for an additional $20.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

hp pavilion dv1000 battery life

Battery life of HP Pavilion dv1000

COMPAQ 367759-001 battery,COMPAQ 367759-001 laptop battery
Where a slower processor handicaps the Pavilion dv1000's mobile application performance, that slowness is a boon for the dv1000's battery life. Running a 10.8V, 4,400mAh (48WHr) 367759-001 battery, the Pavilion dv1000 lasted more than four hours in our office and content-creation tests. The Sony VAIO VGN-A190, with an 11.1V, 4,000mAh (44WHr) battery, and the Dell Inspiron 700m, with a 14.8V, 2,200mAh (33WHr) battery, couldn't manage even three hours. The Pavilion dv1000 possesses above-average battery life.

Battery life (Longer bars indicate longer battery life)
HP Pavilion dv1000 battery
246 minutes
Sony VAIO VGN-A190 battery
163 minutes
Dell Inspiron 700m battery
144 minutes

Battery life analysis written by CNET Labs assistant lab manager Eric Franklin.
To measure mobile application performance and battery life, CNET Labs uses BAPCo's MobileMark 2002. MobileMark measures both application performance and battery life concurrently using a number of popular applications (Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Excel 2002, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Outlook 2002, Netscape Communicator 6.0, WinZip Computing WinZip 8.0, McAfee VirusScan 5.13, Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1, and Macromedia Flash 5.0).

HP Pavilion dv1000 battery information:
Chemistry: Li-ion
Volt: 11.10V
Capacity: 4400mAh
Dimension: 205.15 x 51.10 x 21.20 mm
Net Weight: 310.00(g)
Color: Black