Pavilion Dv5000Z – Multimedia Ready

We here at Laptopical frequently chat about laptops for business users, but what, you might ask, do we offer in terms of notebooks for the more creative set on a tight budget? No offense, business folks. You guys are innovative – when it comes to making money. But we’re talking about arteeests of the world – media people who write, download photos, touch up said photos, and then blend all these artistic elements into a finished product. 

Well, if we’ve been neglecting you arteeest guys, no more! The DV5000Z HP is a fully customizable multimedia laptop designed just for you (and for the arteeest’s budget, as well, a basic model can be had for under 650 dollars). Different from earlier models like the Pavilion dv4000 – with it’s Intel Pentium M processor-this new dv5000z sets a new course with an AMD Turion 64 ML-60.

That’s 64 as in 64 bit cutting-edge processing here. Future 64-bit applications will deliver more data per clock cycle, meaning they should run much quicker and more efficiently.

Weighing in at a solid 6.6 pounds, the DV5000Z packs an Express Card TV tuner, meaning an arteeest can record all of their favorite programs when work is a little slack, or they’re taking time off due to carpal tunnel syndrome. It helps that the hard drive packs 120 GB, and that the drive is a DVD read and write.

Now, don’t get an arteeest’s laptop confused with a gamer’s. This Pavilion is surely no gamer’s notebook. Its ATI Mobility Radeon XPRESS 200 graphics card and 2.2 GHz AMD are no match for the Pavilion dv4000’s Pentium M 770 and ATI Mobility Radeon X700 when it comes to powering through 3-D graphics.

But where the dv5000z HP does pick up the slack is with its 6-in-1 card reader, and its specialty media keys. One, for instance, kicks up your DVD without launching Windows, while the other allows you to access your music files in QuickPlay, again without Windows. The secret here is a Linux app that does all the work. Yes, if it’s ingenious, it must be Linux.

So, ar-teeests on a low budget, never say we don’t look out for you at Laptopical. Scoot on over to for the latest specs and pricing for the DV5000Z.

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By Matthew Brodsky – Laptopical

Tuesday, March 11, 2006