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Well i just came back from work and i decided to chill out and write the review on the dv4170ca which i recently got.

My laptop specs
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition with SP2
* Intel(R) Pentium(R) M Processor 740 (1.73 GHz)2MB L2 cache
* 15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x800)
* Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 900
* 1GB of memory
* 100 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
* 8X DVD +/- RW/R & CD-RW Combo dual layer burner
* Intel Pro Wireless 2200 802.11bg WLAN
* 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
* Microsoft(R) Works/Money
* Remote control

Overview- Well this is my first laptop , and the reason that i got this laptop was because this September i am going to a University. After doing some research and checking out other laptops i decided to get the dv4170.

My Reasons for getting this laptop-This laptop has everything which i need which includes 3:35 minutes of battery life , integrated wireless centrino card, a very nice high quality screen , sufficient amount of power, and it is also very quiet.

My uses for the laptop- This laptop would be mainly used to browse the internet , research , typing , watching movies , and listening to music. I would not use this laptop for games because of the integrated 128mb Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 900, and also because i wont have any time to play games because of my busy schedule.

Overall impression of the build- Well the build of this laptop seems to be ergonomic , although, i would not drop this laptop on the floor. This laptop does not feel cheap and i believe that there are not a lot of weak points in the build. The only thing i would not do is drop a dictionary on the 15.4 brightview screen :D .

Keyboard,buttons,overall placement of ports- The keyboard is well build and the keys are spaced out effectively even for my big hands. The keys do not feel cheap and they are easy to press and they do not make much noise. There are 4 USB ports , digital media slot reader, microphone slot, headphone slot, ,phone slot, and other various ports which are placed on both the left and right side of the laptop. There is the power button at the front which glows blue and looks pretty cool at night. There is also the DVD,Music,sound,and mute buttons at the front. In the middle of the laptop there is the wireless button which is very useful. There is also s- video out and other various ports.

Audio- the audio for this laptop is actually very good because and the build in speakers produce good quality sound.

DVD and CD drives- Well i have tried out a movie on this laptop , and the quality looks crystal clear on this screen. The DVD drive vibrates a little bit for the first few seconds when you put a cd , but this was not a big concern or a problem for me.

Wireless- Well i don't use wireless yet but i am planning to get it soon. When i turned on wireless it seemed to picked all the neighbors on my street that use wireless Internet, and i believe that this shows that the integrated card can pick up signals from far away.

Performance- Well i got the Intel Centrino , Intel Pentium M Processor 740 1.73ghz 2MB L2 cache 533MS FSB with 1GB of ram. This amount of power satisfies me because i will mainly use this laptop for work,watching movies ,and also listening to music. Like i said i will not play games on this laptop but for anyone who wants to play games i believe that you can play half-life 2 on normal setting. Here are all the playable games for this card »www.intel.com/support/graphics/i ··· 0153.htm.

-great quality brightview screen 15.4 inches
-very good wireless
-very quiet
-good sound for a laptop
-good battery life - (3:35 hours on 6 cell)
laptop has a remove
quickplay feature

-Hp could have included Windows XP professional with this laptop
-integrated graphics card (maybe a good thing because i am going to university)

Conclusion- Overall , this is a great laptop that i would recommends to anyone , especially a student. This laptop has enough power and various features that would satisfy most new buyer.

If you guys want me to add pics or ask questions just PM me


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by fire100 See Profile
last modified: 2005-08-13 17:40:01