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HP Pavilion N5150 Notebook Review
HP Pavilion N5150 Notebook Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: They are small, but their nature dictates that they are less powerful and quite a bit more expensive than a similarly equipped desktop.
Filed under: Notebooks Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: HP Mar 09 2001   D. Dee  
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HP Pavilion N5150 Notebook Review

they are small, but their nature dictates that they are less powerful and quite a bit more expensive than a similarly equipped desktop. so, from a financial point of view it made little sense to actually spend money on one. but, if you have a need for one, they end up being an invaluable tool no matter what their price is.

when i actually started on my quest to find the perfect notebook for under $2,000, i looked at a lot of candidates. asking around to people in the know, i was told over and over again that dell makes the best business notebooks. unfortunately, time constraints prevented me from ordering a dell notebook. so, i was left with the typical brands that major retail stores carried, in other words, toshiba, compaq, sony, hp and fujitsu.

After careful consideration I decided on the HP Pavilion N5150 notebook that came equipped with Intel's mobile Pentium III @ 600 MHz. This was the notebook that presented the best value while having the features that I had to have such a DVD-ROM drive, a Pentium III processor for the best battery performance since they feature the SpeedStep technology, as well as an active matrix display panel vs. a passive display. Let's take a look at the notebook specs a little more closely:

Processor: Intel Pentium III 600 MHz w/ SpeedStep
Main Memory/Max: 64 Megs PC-100 SDRAM/256 Megs PC-100 SDRAM
Hard Drive: 10 Gig
Dimensions: 13.03x10.72x1.59
Weight: 6.5 lbs
Chipset: Intel 440ZXM-100
Display: 1024x768 XGA TFT 13.1 in LCD
Graphics Chipset: S3 Savage/IX w/4 MB SGRAM, AGP 2X, TV-Out, 128-Bit 3D Architecture, Hardware Motion Compensation
PCMCIA Slots: Two (1 Type III, or 2 Type II)
Keyboard Type: 90 Keys/Spill Proof
Pointing Device: Touchpad w/ 3 buttons Audio: ESS Allegro (1988) w/ AC'97 CODEC, HSP modem
Battery: Li-Ion I/O Ports: Serial Port, Bi-directional Parallel Port, VGA port, PS/2 port, Mic-in, headphone-out, internal mic, FIR port, two USB ports, two Polk Audio Internal Speakers, Composite TV-Out
Warranty: One Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty

As you can see it packs a good amount of nice features. The only two things that I wish it had are, a FireWire port and maybe a CD-burner. But, for under $2,000 you have to make some small sacrifices. A FireWire port can be had in the form of a PCMCIA card for about $200. A USB or firewire CD-burner would cost about $400.

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Contents of Article: HP Pavilion N5150
 Pg 1.  — HP Pavilion N5150 Notebook Review
 Pg 2.  First Impressions
 Pg 3.  Performance
 Pg 4.  SiSoft Sandra 2000 Pro CPU/Memory Benchmark
 Pg 5.  Conclusion

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