1: No numeric keypad
2: No 2nd hd...
3: Some perceive a cheap build quality
4: Sort of hit or miss
on if you're going to get a "nice" screen
. Owners of the 1705 in mass it seems reporting screens looking washed out... not looking right /good.
Pros:1: 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS
2: GPU is a seperate part, can be replaced
, Most of the DELLs being pretty much the same inside you you can install an updated, upgraded GPU if needed later, Swap in a GPU from a hihger spec'd model.
HP GPU's are part on the MOTHERBOARD. If it fails you have to replace the motherboard /GPU... which isn't cheap if you're having to pay for it.
3: DVI output
... but it does not have HDCP embedded in the signal, so it can't be hooked up to a big sceen tv, plasma, projector.
Most ALL (if not ALL) big screens, etc require something called HDCP, otherwise you get a blank screen.
HDCP is needed if you want to hook it up to a big screen tv, projector in most cases these days.DVI +HDCP =HDMI http://www.digitalconnection.com/FAQ/HDTV_12.asp
4: Possibly better "support".... I noticed one "little" detail I liked when I was looking over in the support section at DELL...
Dell's bios updates... the program that updates the bios can be run in windows (yuck).... and via a DOS prompt...
As many of you know when updating the bios on anything it's better to do a cold boot via a DOS boot disc, run any kind of bios updating program from a DOS prompt.
HP only provides their bios updates as a windoz program.
5: It appears DELl will ship you MAJOR parts (like the display, the GPU, etc.. if you want to install them yourself.
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HDCP is needed if you want to hook it up to a big screen tv, projector in most cases these days.DVI +HDCP =HDMI http://www.digitalconnection.com/FAQ/HDTV_12.aspWhat is HDCP?
HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection, a copy protection scheme
to eliminate the possibility of intercepting digital data midstream between the source to the display. The format designed by Intel and licensed by Digital Content Protection, LLC using an authentication and key exchange procedure before video and audio is presented.
Products compatible with the HDCP scheme such as DVD players, satellite and cable HDTV set-top-boxes, as well as few entertainment PCs requires a secure connection
to a compliant display, the process often described as the handshake
. Due to the increase in manufacturers employing HDCP in their equipment, it is highly recommended that any HDTV (and output device!) you purchase is compatible.
Translation to the above is without the "handshake" (The HDCP signal) there is no "authentication and key exchange procedure before video and audio is presented."HPIf you're "listening"...
on the next dv8000t... put a 7900 or better GPU in it.. with DVI output.. with HDCP... so you can hook up the laptop to a big screen TV, projector for presentations.
Think of all the exposure... increased sales you'd get!!!Hey, what kind of laptop is that?...
Why it's an HP...WOW, Amazing picture on that big screen, projector, plasma it has!!!!..... The 30 people at that (1) presentation said after the meeting...... I'm going to get one of those!!!!!