HP Pavilion Dv5t, A Stylish Apperance (1)Jul 03
HP is a known company for rolling out stylish laptops and a very good example would have to be the Pavilion dv5t which comes with a subtly glimmering lid and a surprisingly bright display. When it came out it had a base price of $699 and was offered as standard with a fast 7,200 rpm hard drive. For more money it could be fitted with a Blu-ray drive, turning it into a great multimedia system.
It manages to look a lot like the company’s premium Envy models while staying on a budget. To keep the price tag down HP decided to use plastic instead of metal, but even so it manages to look and feel quite solid while the metallic print on top makes you think that this Pavilion dv5 is made from metal.
A champagne hue was used for the palm rest and the chassis, while the keyboard adopts a black finish. We are dealing with an island-style keyboard with plenty of space (also black) between the keys. Underneath this roomy keyboard is where HP has installed a big touchpad that measures 3.9 x 2.6 inches. This touchpad also works as a large clickable mouse button as it isn’t a regular touchpad with left and right mouse buttons. There are no dedicated multimedia keys since these have been built into the keyboard top row, while above there’s just one button for powering on the laptop.
The HP Pavilion dv5t tips the scales at 5.2 pounds which is the average size for a laptop of this size. We should mention that it was the first notebook to be fitted with a 14.5-inch screen which made it easier to carry around than the regular laptops with a 15.6-inch display. However, it is 1.2 inches thick which is a little bit more than the usual laptop, but we still like how it looks.
HP has installed on the dv5t a chiclet-style, backlit keyboard which not only looks very nice but it also offers a high level of comfort. It consist of soft keys that feel nice when you touch them, but we do have to mention that the right Shift key has been shrunken but you probably won’t notice this while you are typing.
As most of you know, HP and touchpads haven’t been getting along that well in the last few years and this is the case with the one on this Pavilion dv5t as it’s quite frustrating to use, being sluggish for no apparent reason from time to time, while sometimes it’s overly sensitive. The good part is that it offers support for multitouch gestures but even so we were disappointed with the quality of this touchpad. Fortunately, this issue has been mostly solved in recent HP laptops.
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