HP Pavilion dv5-1050ee

The Pavilion dv5-1050ee is part of HP’s ‘Entertainment Notebook’ series and is designed for users interested in playing games, watching HD movies and using the notebook for web browsing, office work and e-mail. So, how does the HP fare?

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HP Pavilion dv5-1050ee
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  January 3, 2009

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Key Specs

Card reader: Y
Display adapter: AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3450
Display screen: 15.4-inch
Internal storage: 320GB
Memory: 3GB DDR2

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The Pavilion dv5-1050ee is part of HP’s ‘Entertainment Notebook’ series and is designed for users interested in playing games, watching HD movies and using the notebook for web browsing, office work and e-mail. So, how does the HP fare?

We’re happy to say quite well. As an entertainment machine, the Pavilion’s specifications give it a breath of capabilities. It includes a Blu-ray optical drive for instance, so you can easily purchase any of the Blu-ray discs on the market to watch on this notebook. The 15.4-inch LCD will also let you enjoy this content in 720p resolution as it offers a native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. This is slightly higher than the 1280 x 720 pixel resolution offered by 720p content, so you won’t have to worry about your content being downscaled (this will only happen if you’re trying to watch 1080p content on this machine). The dv5 also features a HDMI output port and this will enable you to pump content across to a HD or Full HD LCD or Plasma model. Great.

Watching 300 on the notebook, the Pavilion never skipped a beat, the PC has more than enough processing power to decode HD content without dropping frames and the LCD does a good job of displaying 300 in all its glory. The screen offers vibrant colours, great contrast and brightness and as a result, also excelled at displaying photographs. The HP features a built-in memory card reader, so you needn’t worry about purchasing a separate card reader to access your digital pictures. The dv5’s built-in Altec Lansing speakers offer reasonable punch in terms of volume and clarity though, for the best effect, we recommend connecting the notebook to an external speaker system.

As a gaming machine the 1050ee performs better on some fronts than others. Its Radeon HD 3450 GPU pumps out reasonable numbers when dealing with DirectX 9 game titles (F.E.A.R returned a framerate of 29fps at 1024 x 768 pixels in high detail). Loading up more intensive DirectX 10 titles however, the GPU is unable to produce playable framerates unless the resolution and detail levels are drastically reduced.

Using the HP to get work done, you won’t find the machine limiting your progress. It’s quick 2.2GHz dual-core Turion X2 processor, 3Gbytes of memory and 5400rpm hard disk will rip through all but the most demanding of apps with ease. You don’t have to worry about multi-tasking either because the machine’s 3Gbytes of memory make it possible to have more than a few applications open simultaneously. You can also secure your work with ease thanks to the inclusion of a Biometric fingerprint scanner and, should you want to work without being tied down by cables, the HP also offers decent range .

Running our PCMark Vantage benchmark suite on the dv5, the notebook returned strong scores though MSI’s EX620 (also reviewed in this issue) performed slightly better on both the app and gaming fronts.

Aesthetically speaking, the 1050ee is quite an attractively designed notebook. It features a contrasting black and silver colour scheme and this gives it quite a polished look. That said both the black lid and silver keyboard area retain fingerprints, so the notebook did look messy after being used. Using the notebook is, for the most part, hassle free as the keyboard is reasonably sized and offers solid, responsive keys. The trackpad is also quite responsive and offers a decent amount of tracking area but we found using it a tad bit annoying because it felt slightly sticky to the touch.

For: Good DirectX 9 gaming performance, lots of entertainment options including Blu-ray compatibility, slick looks, HDMI output, great for application use.

Against:
Body retains fingerprints, trackpad doesn’t feel too great.
Verdict: A couple of minor issues aside, the dv5-1050ee is a well balanced notebook that does almost everything HP says it will.

1981 days ago
Bob Bailey
User rating: 4 stars

Pros: affordable price

Cons: extremely hot when playing games,editing hd videos etc hard to use on lap

very good desktop replacement pc

2447 days ago
Ryan
User rating: 5 stars

Pros: Great Picture, Sound and (Core i3) Processor speed. Fingerprint security and stylish durability push it over the edge. Exceptional extras such as bluetooth, webcam and HDMI output make this notebook PC feel as though it is worth twice what you paid.

Cons: Lack of portability, a modest 15.6"

Unbelievable value. This PC meets all the needs from intermediate through moderate performance levels of computing. Intel's Core i3 provides lightning fast browsing and quick installation of the programs that suit your needs. User friendly setup and interface make this instrument ideal for a student in want of a bit of power with a ton of reliability. This would definitely work in place of a desktop for home or office use, though if mobility is a must you might go for something lighter and more portable. Hopefully you will not sacrifice all these great features in the process.

2954 days ago
Manea
User rating: 2 stars

Pros: normal

Cons: normal

I found the same notebook in computer plaza for AED 3800 two months ago. I believe GITEX media and show inflate computer prices if compared with the local market one month ago.

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