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HP Pavilion dv5-2074dx Laptop with Intel Core i3

The HP Pavilion (model: dv5-2074dx) laptop features an Intel Core i3 processor, a 14.5″ display and Microsoft Windows 7.

HP Pavilion dv5 2074dx Laptop with Intel Core i3

HP Pavilion dv5-2074dx Laptop with Intel Core i3

The Intel inside is the Core i3 (Model: 330UM).  This is different from the prevalent 330M.  This processor is a dual-core CPU running at 1.2GHz.  It supports 4 processing threads and has 3MB of Intel Smart Cache. It was built using a 32nm process and uses 18W.  By comparison the i3-330M runs at 2.1GHz but uses 35W. The system comes with 3GB of DDR3 memory and can support up to 8GB.

The screen is a 14.5″ diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView LED display with a resolution of 1366×768. The screen is driven by the rather anemic Mobile Intel® HD Graphics with 64MB-1274MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory. This is not the laptop you buy if you want to play the latest games.

For storage you get a 250GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive rotating at 7200RPM.  Speedy, but not exactly big.  It should be good for most operations, but don’t make this your torrent downloading machine. The optical drive is a LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support. The 5-in-1 integrated digital media reader offers support for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards.

For networking this laptop comes with an integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN for all your wired Web needs.  If you want to be unfettered from cables use the built-in 802.11 b/g/n WLAN adapter.  But, wait, there’s more.  This laptop comes with HP un2420 EV-DO/HSPA Mobile Broadband, which gives you a connection wherever there’s a cell tower, but it does require a wireless subscription with your cell company.

External ports include 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 3rd port shared with eSATA, 1 HDMI port, 1 VGA (15-pin), 1 headphone out and 1 microphone in.  This laptop also comes with an HP TrueVision Webcam with integrated digital microphone.

The operating system included is Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition.  Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010 60-day Trial, HP Simple Pass Identity Protection, HP Recovery Manager, Sun Java, HP Advisor, HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection, HP Support Assistant, Microsoft Office 2010 preloaded. Purchase of a Product Key required to activate a full Office 2010 suite.

The laptop measures 13.89 in (L) x 9.25 in (D) x 1.22 in (min H) / 1.41 in (max H) and weighs 5.2 pounds.  The 6-cell (55WHr) lithium ion battery pack provides up to 5.75 hours of unplugged power, which is a nice long time for a laptop like this.  The 65W AC power adapter gives you power as long as you have juice in your outlet.

You can find the HP Pavilion dv5-2074dx laptop for around $600.

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