HP Special Edition L2005US 14" Laptop Review

HP Special Edition L2005US 14
HP : Work faster and more productively with the special edition HP L2005US notebook PC. You'll also be helping the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). With your purchase, $50 from each HP L2000 notebook goes to the LAF. The LAF provides the practical tools and information that people living with cancer need to live strong. Jointly developed by HP and processor manufacturer AMD, the L2005US features LIVESTRONG on the cover and a reproduction of Lance Armstrong's autograph. Each purchase includes a yellow LIVESTRONG wristband and yellow stereo ear bud headphones with in-line volume control. LIVESTRONG wristbands represent unity in the battle against cancer and hope for all those who are living with cancer.

The HP L2005US features AMD Turion 64 ML-30 Mobile Technology, which will handle all you can throw at it today and will be ready for the coming onslaught of applications that will take advantage of 64-bit processing technology. Supremely mobile, it weighs just over 5 pounds and has a BrightView 14-inch display--which provides improved viewing in direct sunlight. Other features include an 80 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM (2 GB maximum), dual-layer, multiformat DVD writer, built-in 54g wireless connectivity with 125HSM SpeedBooster, 128 MB of shared video RAM, and Windows XP Professional.

In addition to the $50 that the LAF will receive from each notebook, AMD and HP plan to donate notebooks for use in LAF-funded cancer survivorship centers throughout the United States. In addition, the two companies are inviting you to join them in the support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation by matching or exceeding the $50 per unit for the LAF.

AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology :
Combining strong performance with efficient usa ge of power, the 1.6 GHz AMD Turion 64 ML-30 is uniquely optimized to power today's thinnest notebooks. It's also built for tomorrow's 64-bit applications, which will require a processor with significant power. It includes such AMD technology features as HyperTransport (which increases the communication between integrated circuits), PowerNow! (which enables longer battery life and reduced heat generation), and Enhanced Virus Protection (which works with Windows XP Service Pack 2 to better withstand attacks from certain classes of viruses). It also features a 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)

The Basics :
  • * Hard Drive: The 80 GB hard drive (5400 RPM) is a bit above average in size for notebook PCs, and its capacity is a welcome size for road warriors.
  • * Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, PC2700, DDR SDRAM) is a good start for power users. It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion up to 2 GB (2 x 1024 MB).
  • * CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the L2005US multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. You can also burn your favorite music mixes to CD.
  • * Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad.

Screen, Graphics and Sound :
While the L2005US's screen is actually as wide as standard 15-inch displays, the high-definition, widescreen 14-inch display (1280 x 768-pixel resolution) has the same form factor as a 12-inch screen--taking up less space on your desk. Even more impressive, its high resolution provides 25% more information than standard 15-inch XGA displays. This BrightView screen also provides a 20 percent brighter screen for better definition and 33 percent wider viewing angle for more accurate, off-center viewing. Video is powered by the ATI Radeon XPress 200M IGP video/graphics card, which delivers good, though not high-end, 3D graphics. It has 128 MB of shared video RAM, which uses the notebook's main memory. It also features 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio and internal speakers.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots :
The L2005US has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. The 125 HSM/SpeedBooster support will enable it to be ready for tomorrow's 125 Mbps wireless LANs. You get a decent offering of connectivity options, which does include super-fast USB 2.0 and Firewire:
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video port for connecting to a TV
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type I/II, 32-bit)
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
  • 1 Expansion Port 2 connector
  • 6-in-1 Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Sticks, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, and XD Picture Cards

It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software :
This system comes with the Windows XP Professional Edition (which adds Microsoft's IIS Web server, back-up and recovery utilities, Remote Desktop, and other enhanced business features) with Service Pack 2 featuring Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. Other preloaded software includes Sonic Digital Media Studio, InterVideo WinDVD Player, Microsoft Zones.com, Apple iTunes and Apple iTunes Music Store, Adobe PhotoShop Album, Muvee AutoProducer DVD Edition with Burning, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Money, Microsoft MSN Encarta Plus, and Microsoft Office 2003 Student and Teacher Edition (60 day trial version).

Dimensions and Weight :
Nice and light, this notebook weighs just 5.33 pounds and measures 13.15 x 9.1 x 1.29 inches.

Power :
It's powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 3 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box :
This package contains the L2005US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, printed operating instructions, zippered bag, yellow earbud headphones, and yellow LIVESTRONG wristband. LIVESTRONG wristbands represent unity in the battle against cancer and hope for all those who are living with cancer. It is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty, 1-year free technical support, and 30-day free software support.

Product Description :
Information technology professionals rely on HP quality to ensure maximum productivity. As the power of applications, processors, memory adapters and storage devices increases, high-end computer users are seeking ways to optimize their system performance. HP provides leading solutions, adding new levels of performance, availability, flexibility, and management.

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