"Cnet's review is sooo bias"4.5 starson by blazin_it_alwyz
Pros: Very good laptop
Cons: Cnet's review is so bias
Summary: Like seriously, where do they get this stuff? Read their review summary.
"The bottom line: We like the HP Pavilion dv6000's attractive design and multimedia features, but don't expect this Core 2 Duo laptop to break any speed records."
First of all, a laptop is only as good as the parts you put into it. They give better ratings to more expensive laptops, but the fact is that the more expensive laptops they review are configured with MORE RAM.
If you notice, the dv6000t laptop they review is only configured with 1 GIG OF RAM! Seriously Cnet, how do you expect the laptop to "break spead records" if your not putting enough ram in the laptop in the first place for it to perform! Like seriously, who still puts 1 GIG OF RAM IN THEIR COMP IF THEY ARE LOOKING FOR PERFORMANCE?! Cnet you dropped the ball man.
I actually looked at the other reviews of laptops that got higher scores, and it's total bull! Also notice how they state that battery life is poor, but they don't bother to tell you that instead of the 6 cell battery that the dv6000t comes with, it can also come with the 12 cell battery, which they state, and I quote
"An optional 12-cell battery costs $40 (CNET did not test this battery)"
FIRST OF ALL, I don't know if you have been keeping up with how much batteries for laptops cost, they DON'T COST 40 bucks, that's for sure, but if you mean that instead of getting the 6 cell, you can get the 12 cell, ya you can do that, but there are pros and cons with that, which cnet fails to even mention, once again dropping the ball. And the fact that they compare this to higher end laptops with bigger batteries but yet opt to review this laptop with the weakest battery that comes with it is also suspicious(READ:bias)
What is ALSO CURIOUS is that this laptop, the dv6000t is rated 6.7, but yet the dv9000t is rated 7.9, which is a decidedly enormous jump of a rating for which there is little to no merit, especially when the laptops are almost identical, except the dv9000t has a bigger keyboard (keypad), option for hd-dvd (and everybody knows that you shouldn't be gettin any next gen formats as of yet, even according to cnet.com), and probably other stupid stuff I'm forgetting. Just because something has more stuff doesn't mean (hey, you have more stuff that you pay more for, but hey let's bump up the rating still) and that deserves a 1.2 point rating jump? Let's get serious.
If you actually read the review of this laptop and compare it with other reviews of laptops, you will see how bogus this review is, and I will continue with that theory.
And I quote "Our Pavilion dv6000 ran on Windows XP Professional; given its many media features, we're surprised the system is not available with Windows XP Media Center."
I will state this now: You can ABSOULUTELY configure xp media center on this laptop. I wish I could insert a picture of me having the choice to put windows xp media center on the laptop. And EVEN THEN, is that reason to knock this laptop? It really seems like they're nitpicking on stupid stuff.(Read:Bias)
Oh and here's a really good one.
"When it comes to battery life, the Pavilion dv6000's 2 hour, 35 minute battery life is somewhat disappointing; we'd hoped for at least 3 hours."
Now, keep in mind that the bigger the screen, the better the video card and hard drive and processor, the more power your consuming. Now the dv6000 is not anywhere near as nicely configured as the dv9000.
and I quote from the dv9000 review "When it comes to battery life, though, the dv9000t triumphed: its battery held out for 3 hours, 19 minutes"
Now, HOW is a bigger laptop with a bigger screen (17 inches opposed to 15.4 inches) better video card (Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 opposed to Nvidia GeForce Go 7500), more hard drive space (2 100gb 5400 rpm hard drives opposed to 100 gb 5400 rpm hard drive!!), etc, going to last 1 HOUR AND 30 MINUTES LONGER!
That's impossible, especially since both of the laptops are using core 2 duo's, so you can't say the efficiency of the processor, so tell me Cnet, what is making the dv9000t so much faster huh?
The bigger laptop is allowing more space for the laptop to breathe, and to circulate the information, therefore making the battery power low, also making the laptop faster? (sarcasm)
So basically Cnet is almost 100% at fault, and show's how accurate their testing is.
It's pretty sad because I have been a long time cnet fan, and this used to be the first place I go to, and pretty much the last place, but I've noticed they've become uninformitave, inconsistant, and bias (like how they were completely bias against this computer).Updated
I just wanted to go over some points; I was reading my article and noticed some small and very minor mistakes; I thought I would go ahead and let you know.
When I say battery life is 1 hour and 30 min more, if you do the math it comes out to more like an hour. Like I said, just correcting minor details, the fact still remains that Cnet dropped the ball, I'm just correcting minor stuff here.
and when I say
"That's impossible, especially since both of the laptops are using core 2 duo's, so you can't say the efficiency of the processor, so tell me Cnet, what is making the dv9000t so much faster huh?"
When I say that quote, I meant "what is making the dv900t so much more ENERGY EFFICIENT huh?"
Ok, had to get that out of the way, I like for my reviews to be AS ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE *cough* Now some after thoughts.
I was just re-reading the review, reading my review again, thought I should add some points onto that.
Have a look at the pros.
"The good: Slick, lightweight design; decent processor performance; built-in Webcam; two headphone jacks."
"Decent processor performance" huh? Even in the good section they're STILL dissing this laptop! I don't understand why in these high end laptops, it's the same core 2 duo processors, and those processors are oh so much better?! I suppose these other high end laptops that get good reviews have "Special Edition Core 2 Duo processors....."(sarcasm)
, and that's why a Core 2 duo is a great proc on a high end laptop, and a "decent" proc on this laptop.................
Let's move on shall we?
The Bad Section.
"The bad: Mediocre battery life; optional glossy display can be reflective."
Ok, we all know what the mediocre battery life is all about now, already covered it in my review, cnet doesn't know what they're talking about so.....
"Optional glossy display CAN be reflective".
1st of all, key word is OPTIONAL.
Going to go off the subject for a second, but for a reason.
The Laptop can come with a remote. Some people think the remote is dumb, didn't get it with the laptop. I thought it would be useful, and got it, because it was OPTIONAL. If you like it, get it, if you don't like it, DON'T FREAKING GET IT!. At least they HAVE the option. And read the quote, they didn't say it is reflective, they said it "can be reflective". If you have a lamp right in the back of your head, then ya, it can be reflective. I know we all love cnet, but if you look around really good, you can find some good reviews about this laptop, and other people seem to find that optional screen is one of the best screens they could of got, especially for when they use it and what they do (read: optional for your lifestyle).(READ: OPTIONAL)
And about the ram argument in the original review, here's a funny little quote I found from the review.
"The dv6000 didn't come out ahead on the multitasking and Photoshop tests, though, most likely because it has less RAM than its competitors."
Um, Ya! ya think Cnet? Wow whoever reviewed this laptop...........wow I can't believe this..........
Ok. Now that I have went over all the reasons why Cnet.com's gripes over this laptop are totally unsubstantiated, and although it would be nice to say this laptop is perfect, no it isn't perfect. It did make me mad that Cnet had stupid things to complain about, so seeing as how this should be a FAIR REVIEW (as should all reviews from this site should be), I'm going to go over some legitimate gripes.
The Laptop Cover has a very shiny black finish that absolutely attracts dust and finger prints, even so much that HP even includes a cleaning cloth with the laptop (don't you think that's something cnet shoulda covered?)
2.How laptop closes
Most laptop's close and you can hear a little click, and to open it you have to slide some button from left to right to get it to open. This laptop however, closes by magnetic means. There is a strong magnet on the laptop cover, and a magnet on the base so that when you close it, opposites attract and it keeps the laptop closed. Some people found this weird, different, didn't like it, some people did. Once again, it would be nice if there was some mention about this, because this was a selling point for some people.
3. How far the laptop opens.
This is probably the hugest point of the laptop, this completely made or broke like alot of purchases of this laptop (I actually went to a really good place on the internet where alot of people were giving feedback about this laptop, some of the feedback being that cnet dropped the ball), and this is how far the laptop opens.
Usually, laptops just have a regular hinge, and usually will swing pretty much all the way open, but this laptop has like a new age hinge, and it's pretty cool, the only problem is that they implemented it in a way that only allows for the screen to swing so far open before it won't go any farther.
Now, this ALONE can make or break anyone purchasing it. If you stand up at work and want to use this laptop, to be able to see the screen on a laptop you have to swing it open farther than usual. You won't be able to do this so much on this laptop.
Also, if your laying in your bed, and want to rest your head on your pillow, put the laptop in your lap (hence the word "lap-top"), you have to swing it open a little bit more just because of the way your laying and where your knees go and such. Once again, you won't be able to do this so much on this laptop. Personally, I think this laptop is a 10, and this is the reason I deducted 1 big point of the laptop when I made the original review.Updated
Now. Don't you think this is stuff you should know about? To anybody reading this review, I "daresay" this has affected your purchase if you were EVEN considering this laptop. Let's see, was there anything else?
4. 12 cell battery
Ok, remember in the original review, where I was "complaining" if you will, about the fact that they didn't even bother to go over the 12 cell battery? That's another one of the huge selling points. But there are some pros' and cons to the battery.
pro - longer battery life
cons - sticks out of the bottom of your laptop, more expensive
Now, the 12 cell will pretty much double your battery life from whatever it was. But it does stick out at the bottom. Some people actually like this, because it makes the laptop tilt on a desk, giving you some ergonomics (lol). It is kinda awkward if you are laying down and it is on your, because it is sticking out.
Alright, I have to go, so I'm going to wrap this up.
Great laptop, some drawbacks (but that's with anything you buy, nothing is perfect, it's just finding the laptop that's closest TO perfect).
Cnet dropped the ball, I wrote this to pick up there slack. It's also absoultely funny, the date is 10/12/06 and if you scroll down the page and look on the right, you will see that THIS LAPTOP is the most popular laptop on Cnet.com RIGHT NOW. Hmmm......... now why is that.
Like I said, gotta, go, I will keep checking back, see what you guys have to say about this. Hopefully if this get's enough comments Cnet will retract the review, give us an apology, give us another review, a DECENT review at least.Updated
Hey guys, me again, thanks for the comments. I mean seriously, if this is THE most popular laptop on this site right now, I mean, someone has to lay it out for everyone, right? OK. So lets continue.
Here is a quote from the review.
"We like the sleek look of the keys, but we hate the beeping that indicates you've pressed a button; the sound can be disabled, but doing so is rather complicated."
First off, rather funny that in the REVIEW, it says that the button sound CAN be disabled, but if you watch the actual video, it is said that you CANNOT disable the button sound. Wow, the reviewer doesn't even agree with herself! Seriously, how can you expect to be taken seriously when you write a review and a video that come out at the same time and cover an aspect of something and have both types of reviews contradict each other?
Anywayz, anyone who bought this laptop a while ago can go to the Hp site and get a new version of bios which will disable the sound. If you bought a laptop like this recently or are planning on getting one in the future, it will come with the updated version of bios, which for non-technical people, is some options you can tweak, one of them being to cut of the sound the buttons make. And it's not complicated, I can explain it in like 3 steps.
1. Turn computer on.
2. Press F10 when it prompts you to.
3. Look and there will be an option, press enter and enable it. Done.
So, once again, one of the little gripes that cnet apparently had that made them deduct 3 points of this thing for no reason has been demolished. I'm poised for checkmate and it's your move Cnet.