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HP Pavilion zd7140us

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The HP Pavilion zd7140us is a very good general purpose computer system, but its lack of a quality graphics processor prevents it from being very functional as a gaming platform.
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Pros

  • Large High-Resolution 17" Screen
  • Decent Pricing

Cons

  • Poor Dedicated Graphics
  • Very Large and Heavy

Description

  • Intel Pentium 4 3.0Ghz Processor
  • 512MB PC2700 DDR Memory (2GB Maximum)
  • 60GB 4200rpm Hard Drive
  • 24x CD-RW Combo Optical Drive
  • 17" WXGA+ (1440x900) Wide Screen LCD and NVIDIA GeForce Go5200 Graphics with 64MB Memory
  • AC'97 Audio
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11g Wireless
  • Four USB 2.0 Ports, One FireWire, One Type II PC Card Slot and 5-in-1 Media Reader
  • 15.7" x 11" x 1.7" @ 9.4 lbs.
  • Windows XP Home Operating System and Works 7.0 Productivity Software.

Guide Review - HP Pavilion zd7140us

7/20/04 - HP's Pavilion 7000 series is the largest of the desktop replacements that they manufacture. Its 17" wide screen LCD display is quite impressive, but previous versions were only average in performance. Their latest zd7140us tries to change that with updated components.

Powering the zd7140 is the Pentium 4 3.0GHz desktop processor. This gives it more power than the previous version. It is matched up with the same 512MB of PC2700 DDR memory which is standard for the desktop replacment market.

Storage space has been increased to a large 60GB hard drive, but it still uses a slower 4200rpm spin rate. This gives it a fairly large capacity but below average disk performance. The zd7140us retains the very popular CD-RW combo optical drive. It would have been nice to see this upgraded to a DVD burner.

Graphics on the 7000 series has always been its handicap. While it features a large 17" wide aspect ratio screen, the graphics processor has been consistently below average. Unfortunately, the zd7140 still remains below average even with the updates. The go5200 processor adds DirectX 9 capabilities, but it limits games to lower resolutions.

Another area where the zd7000 series has had problems is its size and weight. The zd7140 is no different here being one of the largest and heaviest desktop replacements available.

Overall the zd7140 is an improvement over previous models. It gains in general application performance and makes for a good all purpose notebook.

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