Hewlett Packard 17" (100 GB, Turion 64 Mobile Technology, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB) Notebook

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The HP Pavilion dv8000 Could Use a New Power Cord But Otherwise Works Great

Nov 21, 2009 (Updated Nov 21, 2009)
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  • User Rating: Excellent

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Pros:ease of use, keyboard design, speed

Cons:power cord, various other issues

The Bottom Line: A great computer overall that has served me well for almost four years.


Three years ago, I received an HP Pavilion dv8000 for my birthday. I’d had other laptops before at various times; this one was by far the fanciest of the bunch. It had been a few years since my last laptop, and I had grown accustomed to using a desktop, but I fell back into the laptop groove immediately. The only thing that took a little getting used to was the touch pad instead of the mouse. The range of motion isn’t quite as wide as it would be with a mouse, but I quickly adjusted, as evidenced by the large area in the center of the touch pad where the color has been worn away. I’ve never used a mouse with it because my laptop is almost always literally in my lap, where a mouse wouldn’t do me much good.

The keys are about half as deep as the ones on our desktop. This makes typing quicker and quieter. Meanwhile, they are of comfortable size, perfect for long stretches of typing; my mom has a laptop about half the size of mine, and typing on her computer is much slower going for me. My HP Pavilion allows me a lot of speed in composition. Word processing and Internet navigation are the two main things I use my computer for, and it performs well in both of those areas, at least most of the time. I get frustrated by the incompatibility among various word processing programs, and different versions of the same program, but that’s really not the computer’s fault.

For the past couple of years, I have had a digital camera, so I’ve begun storing quite a few pictures on my laptop. I have upwards of 7000 photos saved, and my computer is in no danger of running out of space. Of course, my documents take up far less room than the pictures, so I’m in good shape spacewise. I’ve typed hundreds of documents on here and saved them with no difficulty, and on those occasions when my computer does freeze up while I’m working on something, most of the data can usually be restored.

Internet navigation has worked very well for me, aside from some occasional connection problems. Most of the time, it takes seconds to hop from site to site, which is especially handy when I am answering questions for ChaCha, a mobile answering service. Working as a guide there requires downloading the ChaCha Tool Bar, and installing that was a very quick and easy process for me. I am always able to watch videos on YouTube and take advantage of the Instant Viewing on Netflix with few hiccups. Same goes for uploading photographs on Facebook.

On the downside, I have had to take my computer in for repairs a few times. It seems rather vulnerable. I’ve replaced various aspects of the laptop, and at the moment I am operating without a working USB port or sound of any kind. Because of the other computers in my house, I don’t really miss these capabilities much, but if I were on my own I would definitely mind. I can’t really say if the problems I have had are indicative of a flimsy computer, or if I’m just very hard on mine. I use it a lot. The biggest issue inherent with my laptop is the power cord, which breaks easily. I’ve had to replace it several times; the design seems to be inherently impractical.

Despite a few issues, I’ve loved my HP Pavilion and hope to get much more use out of it in the years to come. I’m not very technically oriented, so I don’t know how it all works; I just know that when my computer is cooperating with me, I am a happy camper. While I wish the company would reconsider this model’s power cord design, for the most part, the HP Pavilion dv8000 is the perfect machine for me.

This review is an entry in the Lean-n-Mean Write-Off VIII.  Sometimes, less really can be more!


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 950
Operating System: Windows

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