HP DV6Z Laptop

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 14th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: hp laptop thumbsup

Jon Peddie

My big bad HP Pavilion DV9700 notebook died. Actually it didn’t completely die, it just went blind, or maybe I did because I couldn’t see the screen anymore. It was kinda exciting to watch as it turned itself off, the screen flashed brilliant lines, rippled up down like a snake shivering, then got black bars with color highlights and then—flat line, except there wasn’t even a line. My first thought was, no problem, just connect an external monitor—that’s like flying to the sun at night so you don’t burn up—HUH? Obviously if the Nvidia GPU has fried itself there’s no external…

The HP Z800

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 25th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: workstation hp

Kathleen Maher

FIGURE 1: Parallels’ Workstation Extreme software allows access of graphics AIBs directly inside VMs (Source: Parallels) ERRATUM: The Z800 does not support hot swap disks. This capability requires a server OS. We are unable to support this on our client OS architecture. When we wrote about the Parallels Workstation Extreme software (Workstation graphics difficulties fixed, p.13, Volume 9, Number 9, April 27, 2009) we were anxious to see it in action. Due to a lot of travel and various other obstacles (such as learning the ins and outs of Linux) it has taken us until now…

A daily driver that looks like a hotrod

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 7th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: hp vista hdx

Kathleen Maher

FIGURE 1: Right side view. (Source: Hewlett Packard) FIGURE 2: Left side view--moving the data. (Source: Hewlett Packard) FIGURE 3: Looks like the DV6Z has a bigger gas tank. (Source: Jon Peddie Research) FIGURE 4: The DV6Z is faster too. (Source: Jon Peddie Research) Computers and cars can be judged using almost the same criteria. You have your “trailer babies” that are carried around to impress but never do much (perhaps your CEO who has the most expensive laptop in the world but only uses it to look at Excel spreadsheets and show it off at board meetings). You have your…

Lenovo’s new light-weight notebook—a road warrior’s delight

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 19th 2010 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: hp ces lenovo usb

Jon Peddie

Lenovo made the mistake of letting us play with their new X201s. It was a mistake because they’re going to have to pry my cold dead fingers off it to get it back. The specs: Core i7-620LM 2GHz; 4GB DDR3; 160GB hard drive; Bluetooth spacer, Intel HD graphics; Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit; 802.11n; 1yr warranty, stated battery life 12 hours with (optional) 9-cell battery. Price: $1,349 The specs I care about: The screen is 12.1-inch with resolution of 1440 x 900 (WSXGA) LED backlit. It weighs a mere 2.7 pounds—1.22 kg. When on the road weight and screen size mean…

HP ENVY17 3D Review - a 3D entertainment system and more

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 15th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia 3d gaming hp review software s3d games

Jon Peddie

The HP 17-inch ENVY laptop is delightful. It has one of the best 3D screens I have ever seen, and it comes with one set of 3D shutter glasses. It can show 3D movies and S3D games, as well as show 3D photos and Google Earth in 3D. The system's screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 on a 17.3-inch panel with 120 Hz refresh, TN panel with sRGB+ gammut and 400 NITS brightness. The display controller is an AMD Radeon 5850 with 1GB DDR5 video memory. It has an Intel Core i7Q740 Processor running at 1.73 GHz, with 4 GB DDR3…

Review: HP Envy 17 redux

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 28th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: gpu graphics 3d gaming hp laptop envy computer

Jon Peddie

Second time’s a charm – but the first time wasn’t bad either This is a lot of computer for $1,600. It comes with a 120 Hz (S3D) 17-inch display, a Blu-ray player, 750 GB HDD (7200 RPM), 6 GB DDR3 (1333 MHz) system RAM, AMD HD6850M discrete GPU with 1 GB GDDR5, HDMI and an Intel i7-263QM (2.) GHz—2.9 GHz). It’s got a SATA I/O, DS memory slot, VGA and four USB 2.0 sockets. A whole lot of computer for not too much money. It’s a complete media center that can be used for watching HD Blu ray movies, listening to…

Acer’s Chromebook

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 8th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: hp acer google android chrome chromebook

Jon Peddie

The Acer Chromebook is a slick-looking, lightweight one-inch-thick clamshell device with an 11.6-inch 1366 × 768 screen (135 PPI) powered by an Intel Celeron processor. It runs the Google proprietary Chrome OS (this is not Android), and that creates a few problems. But this lightweight machine (3 pounds) is an easy-to-tote device with a full-sized keyboard. The device has three USB 2.0 ports, as well as a RJ45, a VGA port, and a HDMI port (courtesy the Celeron). Also, as part of the Intel chipset, there is built-in Wi-Fi that finds your network almost instantly. This is an always-connected, continually updated…

AMD APU-based HP Envy TouchSmart Sleekbook

Posted by Robert Dow on November 21st 2013 | Permalink
Tags: amd hp pmark envy touchsmart razor sleekbook razor blade

Robert Dow

AMD sent an HP Envy TouchSmart Sleekbook for us to evaluate. We used a couple of recent notebooks for comparison and ran several tests.  The basic specifications of the notebooks are shown in the table below. We used CloudGate and FireStrike 3DMark benchmarks and PCMark7 to compare the notebooks, and those results are shown in the charts on the following page. The tests track pretty closely. The Razor Blade has the faster CPU and GPU, so it’s not surprising that it has the edge when it comes to graphics benchmarks. PMark and P4Mark (fun with numbers)  We developed the PMark for evaluating graphics…