The HP Pavilion DV3-1075US laptop is essentially a portable home entertainment system. Almost every aspect of its design seem to be geared toward the flawless execution of entertainment media-movies, music, and games.
Happily, the powerful hardware required to play high definition movies and running the latest games means that the HP Pavilion DV3-1075US also pack enough power for graphic, audio, and video editing, and just about any piece of office software you can imagine.
The machine has a dual-core AMD Turion CPU set, running at 2.1 GHz, and comes standard with four gigs of RAM, upgradable to eight gigs if needed. The hard drive is a fairly standard 5400 RPG SATA drive at 320 gigs, and it’s got a dual layer DVD burner.
This laptop sports many features that clearly designed for movies and gaming. The video card is an ATI Radeon HD 3200 with 64 MB of dedicated DDR2 RAM, but the operating system can assign system RAM to it for a total of almost 2 GB of RAM.
The 13.3-inch high-definition screen supports a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, the widescreen movie format. Finally, it comes with a playback remote control, conveniently stored in an Express Card slot when not in use.
The HP Pavilion DV3-1075US is also designed for cyber-age digital communications. It comes with an integrated webcam and omni-directional microphone for video conversations, and supports a fast data transfer. It contains a built-in 10/100/1000 gigabit Ethernet port, and the wireless card supports the faster 802.11g and 802.11n standards, as well as the slower legacy 802.11a
There is one chink though to the HP Pavilion DV3-1075US’ armor and it’s the touchpad. It seems to have a mind of it’s own but only because of the touchpad’s multitouch drivers. On it’s own, the touchpad has a nice feel to it too.
Our overall assessment is that this is a good value machine on the market. It’s quite capable, and more than reasonably priced for what you get. It’s not going to blow anyone’s doors off, but it’s a good, solid machine that’s more than capable of the needs for everyday use, for an excellent price.