HP Pavilion ZE2000



When it comes to mainstream notebooks, the big three: Dell, HP/Compaq, and IBM still lead the pack in regard to overall notebook price, design, quality, and service. Of course, the enthusiast notebook vendors still get to set some interesting aesthetic and performance trends, but Dell and HP (Dell more so) have been picking up on the DTR market rather fast; take the Dell Inspiron XPS and the Inspiron XPS Gen 2.

As you probably know by now, IBM has made arrangements to sell off its PC group to China-based Lenovo, which includes IBM's ThinkPad brand. With that sale almost final, it is probably going to mean that Dell and HP will have an opportunity to win over a few more of us that are focused on price and service as opposed to just brand recognition. IBM, though, has remained a leader in quality notebooks by coming out with special features to insure against security intrusions (biometric), highly g-force resistant chassis, etc.

We'll get more into IBM notebook's when the time comes, but as it stands, Dell and HP are the big boys when it comes to "non-business" notebook consumer product. In this article, we'll cover HP's new ZE2000.  It is a general consumer mobile notebook geared towards those that are more budget conscious.

HP's Pavilon ZE2000
_Designed for Intel 90nm Dothan Pentium-M with 2MB On-Die L2 Cache/Intel Dothan Celeron-M with 1MB On-Die L2 Cache processors
_Supports 400MHz FSB

_Intel 855GME/ICH4-M Chipset

_Two 200-pin SODIMM sockets
_Supports DDR 333/266/200 Unbuffered Non-ECC memory
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

Intel Extreme Graphics 2 technology
- 32-bit 3D/2D graphics with frequency up to 250MHz
- Bi-Cubic Filter
- Video Mixer Rendering
- AGP 4x (discrete graphics only)
- Supports Intel Stable Image Technology
- Supports Intel Dual-Frequency Graphics Technology (DFGT)
- Supports Display Power Saving Technology (DPST)

Intel ICH4-M South Bridge:
- 2 x DMA 100/66
- 40GB/60GB/80GB HDD

_Realtek 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
_Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g) Wireless Lan and HP's Bluetooth
_ 56K v.92 Fax/modem

_15.0" XGA TFT LCD (native 1024 x 768)

_16-bit stereo speakers
_Sound Blaster Pro-compatible stereo
_Built in dual Harmon Kardon speakers

External I/O Connectors
_1 x Power port
_1 x Lock jack
_1 x Ethernet jack
_1 x Modem jack
_1 x headphone jack
_1 x microphone jack
_1 x PCMCIA slot
_1 x VGA-out port
_with Pentium-M processors only
- 1 x Expansion Port 2 Connector
- 1 x 6-in-one (XD/MM/SD/MS/MS Pro/SM) Card Reader
- 1 x 4-pin mini IEEE1394 port
- 3 x USB 2.0/1.1
- 1 x TV-Out (S-Video)

Dimension and Weight
• 14.3" x 11.2" x 1.2" ~ 1.5" (363.2mm x 284.5mm x 30.5mm ~ 38.1mm)
_~ 6.5 lbs.

_HP ImageZone Plus
_Symantec Norton Antivirus 2005 (includes 60 days of complimentary live updates)
_InterVideo WinDVD 5.0 (select models)
_Microsoft Windows Media Player 10
_Apple iTunes for Windows 4.6
_Muvee AutoProducer DVD Edition 3.5
_InterVideo WinDVD Creator 2.5 (select models)
_Sonic RecordNow 7.x
_Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0
_Microsoft Works 8.0
_Microsoft Money 2005
_Microsoft Office Trial 2003


Measuring in at 14.3" x 11.2" x 1.2"~1.5" and weighing in at ~ 6.5 pounds, the ZE2000 is slightly wider and longer than the traditional notebook, which uses a 14.1" display. Its weight and overall size put it on the edge of the "easy to take with you" spectrum, as even something like HP's NC6000 has a smaller profile. If you are constantly on the go, you may find this notebook to be a bit on the bulky side, but the ZE2000 is fine as the occasional traveler's companion.

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