Originally Posted by spiderkhan
This type of question is always a difficult one to answer. Things are not always apples 2 apples... Let's say you compare the 8000t to the Dell Inspiron E1705. They are pretty close, and both have things that may or may not appeal to different users. The E1705 has a higher resolution screen, the HP offers what many consider to be a superior LCD experience. The E1705 definately has better graphic card options, while the HP has the capability for dual hard drives, a numeric keypad and a somewhat more pleasing design. In my own personal experiences, HP support was superior to DELL...is that worth anything that you'd a little extra on the purchase price? I think that what HP needs to do is to really take a look at the competition (namely DELL) and make sure that they either meet or beat them at comparable price points. Dell really does have cut rate prices, but I don't think they get there by not cutting corners. These things have to be considered when you make a purchase. You're not just buying a laptop, you're also buying the company behind the laptop.
Good info and I'll add the HP Pavilion dv8000t notebook has recently started shipping with the 7600 series 128bit video card... before it was the 7400 ... 7600 is supposed to be a pretty decent video card. The 7600 Go is a substantially more powerful part if only due to the 128 bit memory bandwidth as opposed to 64 bit on the 7400 Go. The graphics comparison chart on this website also mentions the 7600 Go as the equivalent of an x1600, which has been getting ~2500 to 3500 3dMark05 scores. The 7400 gets around 2000 out of the box. DV8000T - now with GeForce 7600 Go http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=55821
To the orginal poster... I checked out DELL but everything I looked at was higher priced than HP. DELL may be cost effective if you know how to "work" their coupon system....For each machine I spec'd out DELL was several hundred dollars more than the HP's. I don't know how their coupon system works but I would not be a "happy" camper if I ordered something thru them, only to find out that if I'd placed the order with some kind of super-duper coupon I could have got it cheaper.... Placed the order on the wrong day.. wrong time of day, etc thereby missing out on their "special" pricing... (Anyone that knows how to get the best price on a DELL, please do tell... I'd hate to place an order to find out I missed out on a deal because I didn't give them the special handshake, or whatever )
I sort of like vendors who post a final price... don't mark their "list" up on everything 30%.... Then offer some kind of limited time offer, rush, rush rush to buy now type promo. Could be wrong on that, just remember that the pricing I saw thru DELL was higher... Probally APPLES and ORANGES fiqure into that since the machines I spec'd were not the "same" as spiderkhan has pointed out above. Each has it's pro's and cons... Depends on what you're going be be USING the machine for. For example it makes NO sense to spend hundred of dollars more for a machine with a good video card.... If you're not going to play "games" (Or do some kind of CAD drafting) That being said if I can find "deal" I'll go with the "deal", jumping thru the hoops as needed...