|Screen Size||17.3 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1280 x 800|
|Max Screen Resolution||1280 x 800 pixels|
|Processor||2.1 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2|
|RAM||4 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||250 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||ATI Radeon HD 3200|
|Card Description||Radeon HD 3200|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1918 MB|
|Wireless Type||802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
HP Pavilion DV4-1220US 14.1-Inch Laptop (2.0 GHz AMD Turion X2 RM-72 Processor, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium)
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Expanding on the sophisticated elegance of the current line, the new DV4-1220US is defined by fluid, modern lines and metalized finishes with surprising innovations inside and out. The DV4-1220US Intersects Imprint features an argyle-like pattern for subtle contrast to the liquid appearance of the metallic finish. And touch media controls light up and become visible only when the system is powered on further enhancing the clean appearance. Providing more choices than ever, HP MediaSmart enables access to DVDs, videos, photos, music, games, Internet TV, and streamed or recorded TV, with an optional TV Tuner at the touch of a button. Built-in demos show you how to add music to your slide shows or videos with drag-and-drop functionality, and much more. An HDMI port enables you to watch films on an HD TV. Muvee Reveal makes creating films complete with effects and transitions a snap. Extras include dual headphone jacks and an HP Mobile Remote Control. For those who want digital entertainment features and the latest mobile technologies in a stunning design that travels well, the HP Pavilion DV4-1220US Entertainment Notebook PC delivers. Its elegant Intersect Imprint finish helps protect your system while on the go. The DV4-1220US ships with Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit, AMD Turion X2 RM-72 Dual-Core Dual-Core Processor, ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics RS780M with up to 1918MB total graphics memory, 4096MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm), 250GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA), LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support, Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN. Dimensions: 13.15 (W) x 9.45 (D) x 1.34 (min H) approx., weight: 5.10 lbs. approx.
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First of all, don't expect the computer to run like a desktop. Laptop components are steered more towards energy efficiency then performance. I'm not saying the machine is slow, just not as fast as a desktop with similar "qualities". That said, on to the review:
The design of this laptop is slick. Not too crazy, not too lamey, but right... in... the middle. Bronze definitely does not get enough credit.
I love the screen on this thing. It's the perfect size (at least for me); not too big [and heavy], and not too small. Also (and when compared to other laptops), it's pretty bright. If you're not used to using wide screen displays, the screen configuration will feel weird at first, but you'll get over it soon.
I can see a lot of people having trouble with the keyboard. While it's quite clear in a well illuminated area, Without a significant light source, it becomes hard to read. I kid you not, you will be squirming and bending over tying to get in an angle where you can see the keys.
The machine comes with a built in camera and microphone, which is quite nice; the camera especially has higher quality then most webcams you can buy in stores, and HP software makes it fun and easy to add some effects to photos, though you're going to want a more powerful image processor for greater versatility and options.
The control it brings is nifty, but since the laptop does not come with a T.V. Tuner, you'll find little use for it aside from watching movies and listening to music.
HP SmartBay let's you remove the DVD-ROM [with LightScribe!] in order to reduce weight. I find the difference insignificant.
You may want to increase the weight by adding a battery with more cells, though, the battery can last a long time if you're not doing anything pressing, but gaming (or rendering complex media) will drain the battery in a couple of hours.
As far as performance goes, the Laptop plays the Sims 3 faster then any machine I've tried it on, so kudos. I had my doubts about the integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD, and it could play more smoothly, but overall performance is not a problem. This Laptop delivers.
An important note: this laptop comes with an N-WLAN card, which is awesome. N cards are faster then normal WLAN cards, and also work from further away.
I plan to switch to XP nonetheless, but so far so good. Sometimes I think my laptop hates Vista as much as I do, but that just makes me love it more.
Windows Vista comes with Service Pack 1, and it's 64-bit edition, which is necessary for running those 4 GB of RAM. The 320 GB HD, is kickin'!
I have had no problems with this machine, HP delivers again with it's trustworthy Pavilion line of computers. Just make sure you have a light on.
The laptop is similar to so many other basic laptops in this price range from the major manufacturers that it is hard to distinguish one from another. The monitor is nice, the layout is alright and the overall feature set is not bad (camera, HDMI, remote, etc). Overall, my initial impression (just pulled out of box this weekend and spending my initial time updating, installing and removing software) are that for the money, it will do exactly what we intend it to do--surf the internet, handle last and some current generation games, watch movies and provide access while on the go. This is certainly not a desktop replacement, nor should it be treated like one.
Pros: weight, camera, OS (64-bit should be the new standard), video card (for integrated anyway), and finally the HDMI and other connectors.
Cons: lack of installation software (standard HP practice is to make you make your own copies using DVD backups, which is silly since you bought the dang license), weird molded corners that look/feel cheap, crapware (okay, HP and most other major manufacturers do this to offset the cost of the machine, which is a hassle when you first pull your new machine out of the box, but nothing that can't be fixed using some very simple uninstall assistance--I personally like [...] to remove all the stuff I don't need or want).
Overall: for ~$600 with rebates and Amazon pricing it's not a bad machine for the basics of computing while on the go or from the comfort of our couch. Great little feature set that should last you a while or at least until you're ready to move up to a more powerful laptop for a higher price.
First the computer looks awesome, well built and solid, its shiny and good looking. Some say that have problems with the colors of the keyboard, but if you know how to type using all your fingers and the correct way you will have no problems.
The performance is good too, it has 4 GB of ram wich are more than enough to handle Vista.
Yesterday I went ahead and did a clean instalation of the new Windows 7 RC, Microsoft really did a good work with that OS, super fast and stable, you should give it a try!!
Overall I'm very happy with my purshase, when I first powered it on I had to reinstall the sound driver for a minor issue with the touch button for the mute, but everything else was ok!
I highly recommend this computer !!!!!
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