HP Pavilion Dv5t, A Stylish Apperance (2)Jul 04
The HP Pavilion dv5t (2010 model) features a 14.5-inch display that has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels which is just too low taking into account that the laptop comes with a Blu-ray drive. Even so, this glossy screen is of high quality but you should know that the viewing angles are not wide at all. For playing Blu-ray discs you can use the bundled HP MediaSmart DVD software but it’s far from being perfect.
HP has fitted this model with Altec Lansing speakers that sit on the front and manage to get quite loud. These speakers take advantage of the Dolby technology and provide a high quality sound, without being tinny as most laptop speakers are.
Let’s move on and talk about the ports and connectivity features, beginning with the inclusion of three USB 2.0 ports. One of these ports also works as an eSATA port for performing high speed transfers. Video connectivity is covered by the inclusion of VGA and HDMI ports. Other goodies include a 5-in-1 memory card reader, headphone and microphone jacks, as well as an Ethernet jack. There’s also a VGA webcam available but it’s nothing to write home about due to its low maximum resolution of just 640 x 480 pixels. Although during a video chat the image is quite bright, the color reproduction is far from being accurate while across the picture there’s a noticeable bluish tint and also a lot of noise.
One of the available configurations of the HP Pavilion dv5t came with a first-gen Intel Core i5-430M processor clocked at 2.26 GHz with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB SATA HDD rotating at a speed of 7,200 rpm. With these components, the laptop is capable of scoring about 5,700 points in PCMark Vantage while in 3DMark06 it will score only about 1,900 points due to the integrated Intel GMA HD graphics chip. As a consequence, this isn’t a notebook for doing serious gaming as the integrated GPU can only handle some light gaming and full HD video streaming.
The manufacturer sold this Pavilion dv5t with several programs such as Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Norton Internet Security, as well as an array of CyberLink programs like LabelPrint, DVD Suite, Power2Go, PhotoNow and PowerDirector. What you’ll most likely remove is the MSN toolbar which isn’t really useful at all so it will probably go away immediately.
HP installed a standard six-cell battery that offers enough juice to run for about four and a half hours in LAPTOP Battery Test which isn’t really a great performance since there are other laptops in this segment that last longer but if you won’t be using it too far from a power outlet this isn’t really a significant drawback.
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