HP Compaq Presario v3000

An attractive multimedia notebook that won't break the bank.


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In what comes as a surprising move given its heritage, HP is beginning to make plays towards the fashion notebook market with the release of two products -- the Pavilion dv2000 and the Compaq Presario v3000.

Upside
Like its bigger brother, the dv2000, the v3000 is an extremely stylish notebook. HP has adopted an "in-mould" lamination technique (commonly found in luxury car interiors) to craft subtle pinstripe patterns into the chassis, which ensures greater protection from scratching and wear. From our limited time previewing the notebook we can confirm that the v3000 both looks and feels impressive.

According to Nicholas Lynch, HP Australia's Marketing Development Manager for Consumer Notebooks, "while functionality and performance are still key consumer purchase drivers, factors such as style and sophisticated aesthetics have become increasingly important".

Multimedia and entertainment was a key consideration for HP when designing the v3000. The most eye-drawing evidence of this is the row of touch-sensitive quick-launch buttons -- backlit by blue LEDs -- located just above the keyboard. These enable users to adjust volume, mute audio/video playback and launch HP's instant-on multimedia player feature.

In addition, the notebook boasts a 14.1-inch widescreen display, two omni-directional microphones for better quality VoIP calls, integrated Altec Lansing speakers and a 5-in-1 memory card reader.

The v3000 offers up an impressive array of ports, which includes S-Video for connection to a TV, three USB 2.0, one Firewire and an ExpressCard expansion slot. There's also a LigthScribe Super Multi 8x DVD writer for archiving your digital media creations.

Internally, HP has decided to go with AMD processors. Buyers have the choice of either a Sempron (1.6GHz or 1.8GHz) chip or a dual-core Turion 64 X2 (1.6GHz or 1.8GHz) chip. Multimedia buffs will no doubt choose the latter. Hard drive choices go up to 100GB, and you can fit the notebook with up to 2GB of DDR2 memory. Graphics acceleration is provided by an Nvidia GeForce Go 6150 chip.

Bluetooth, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and 10/100 LAN are all supported.

Downside
Being on the lower end of the multimedia notebook spectrum, the v3000 uses a fairly underpowered graphics chip, which means that the latest games won't run at smooth frame rates. DVD playback will be fine, but gamers should probably check out a higher-end offering such as the Pavilion dv2000 instead.

The notebook's weight of 2.4kg and dimensions of 334mm by 237mm by 39mm aren't hefty, but this is certainly not an ultra-portable notebook; you wouldn't want to carry it around in your backpack unnecessarily.

Windows XP is installed by default, but there's no option to include Media Center Edition instead.

Outlook
An attractive multimedia notebook that won't break the bank.

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sxlord
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"perfect.. keeps me warm :)"

sxlord posted a review   
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The Good:design

The Bad:hot as hell.. mine got to 85 degress and combusted into flames.. i cooked dinner on it tonite.. my oven doesnt get close to that HOT

HOT

Rikman
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Rikman posted a review   

The Good:YEs

The Bad:No

if ur computer is broken?dont go to hp centers...come visit me here in philippines...@iloilo city.....look for rikman....and ill fix ur notebook....

 

nop12345678 posted a comment   

I have never seen one like this b4, there is nothing to be proud of about this product, main problem is overheating, from there many more problems to come like loosong detection on sound card, battery life is poor, etc .. etc ... and unfixed problem.

 

Josh posted a comment   

The Good:Stylish

The Bad:Overheating,horrible lag

It's a stylish laptop but with alot of flaws it has a processor that I would of expected from a netbook

craver
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craver posted a review   

The Good:nothing...

The Bad:everything...

hate buying one...

 

lumbad2010 posted a comment   

The Good:At first when I start using it

The Bad:The left speaker can easily be destroyed, it has no complete functions like the other brand of expensive laptops, and does not have great qualities

I would buy another brand of laptop like because this could be easily destroyed after 2 years of using it.

TimR2 Facebook
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TimR2 posted a review   
United Kingdom

The Good:it isnt

The Bad:haha where to start

Looks can be decieving, and this is certainly the case with this laptop.
After having the laptop for 2 months, it stopped working completely.THis was acknowleged to be a motherboard issue, of which they fixed mine 5 times. yes 5 TIMES. But HP in its ultimate wisdom replaces with refurbished parts... which STILL have the motherboard issue!!!!!!
THe screen is too dark, turns off, and the connection is terrible. Wireless contuinuously drops out due to overheating, and it is genuinely a crap pc.

Why spend $1600 on something that i could make out of a broken brick and a manky piece of meat?!

 

TARUN posted a comment   

The Good:NO

The Bad:YES - VERY BAD EXPERINCE FOR BYUING A 40k MACHINE

OVERHEATS A LOT DCOME PROCESSOR PROBLEM HANGS UP SO QUICK...NEVER EVERY BUY COMPAQ

**** off with Presario
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**** off with Presario posted a review   

The Good:nothing

The Bad:a lot

Do not buy any Compaq laptops or HP products! Visit http://www.hplies.com/

 

gabriel; posted a reply   

dose this come with web cam


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    "if ur computer is broken?dont go to hp centers...come visit me here in philippines...@iloilo city.....look for rikman....and ill fix ur notebook...."

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