Blachole and others:
I read in various news reports that the HP zt3000 was the one Pavilion notebook that was part of the massive problem HP discovered with RAM. I believe the culprit RAM brand was Infineon, which is cheap and not too reliable, at least in my experience with desktops. From what I read, HP sent replacement RAM to owners of affected products with instructions on how to install it. When you ordered your notebook, I'm curious, did HP address this issue?
I have been considering this notebook myself, among many others, like some from Asus, Compal and Sager. I recently bought and tested an HP ze5700 with a mobile Pentium 4 processor, Northwood core, (no hyperthreading), running at 2.66 GHz, 512MB RAM, ATI video card with up to 64 MB shared video memory, Windows XP home edition, 30 GB HD 4200 rpm, DVD/CD-RW drive, USB 2.0, etc. Unfortunately, this system isn't right for me. It's OK. For some people, I'm sure it would be just fine. But the HD is very loud whenever it's accessed, which bugs me. I've decided I prefer dedicated video memory as opposed to shared. The HD seems to get accessed way too much, as if using a swap file, even when I free up as much RAM as possible. The Altec Lansing speakers are nice, but not as good as Harmon Kardon.
Anyway, while I'm still considering the HP zt3000, one thing I don't like is being a slave to restore disks. I always make my own when it comes to desktops. So, I'm much more drawn to a custom laptop from a place like PowerNotebooks.com. They give you a disk with drivers on it, but you have complete control over the OS.
I hope you enjoy your new laptop!!