HP Pavillion 14.5″ AMD Turion II P540 Laptop (DV5-2144CA) Review

DV5-2144CASpeed: Features AMD Turion II Dual-Core P540 2.4 GHz Processor.  The speed is great.

Storage: Offers ample storage capacity with a 500 GB hard drive. Hard drive speed is 7200 RPM which is very fast. Usually laptops have 5400 RPM hard drives.

Memory: 4 GB RAM.  Great for multi-tasking.  Will run Windows 7 and most applications without any slowdown.  Sufficient RAM for normal computer usage.

Display: 14.5″, 1366 x 768 widescreen resolution. LED Backlit Display.

Optical Drive: Comes with 8X Lightscribe DVD Writer. Can make DVDs upto 8.5 GB in size. Can also add graphics on Lightscribe enabled DVDs.

Graphics: Features ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics chip built into the processor. This is not a dedicated video card. Can play ordinary games but will not play latest intense 3D games. Shared video memory.

Wireless: Features integrated 802.11 b/g/n adapter.  802.11N offers stronger signal reception. Also has an ethernet port. Bluetooth is not available on this system.

Others: Has built in webcam and microphone. Has an HDMI output for connection to HDTV. Contains 3 USB ports. Has built in memory card reader. This is useful for reading cards commonly used by digital cameras and mobile phones.

Battery: 6 Cell Lithium ion Battery. Estimated battery life is 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

Overall Rating: Ideal for students and home use.  Can be used for light business use. Not suitable for gamers. Look for a price range near $400 – $650. Better alternatives can be found at similar price range.

Now on sale in BestBuy.ca $449.99 (Save $150). Offer expires: March 31, 2011.

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