HP DV3500EA reviews and prices: 13.3" Laptop computer

23 customer reviews
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+ This laptop has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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8.1 out of 10 based on 23 reviews.
HP DV3500EA with Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 2 GHz Dual Core Processor, 2GB of Memory and 320GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive See full product description
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Confirmed purchaser Linux user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
the overall design is very good
Bad points:
windows vista!
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Sep 2009

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent performance
Stylish
Perfect size
Bad points:
Not Great Battery Life (~2.5h)
Comes with a ton of bloatware but no useful software
Windows Vista is a nasty change coming form Windows XP: Difficult to use and takes up nearly 30GB disk space.
Touch Keys, Fingerprint Reader and Remote Control incompatable with Linux
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2009

Confirmed purchaser Home user plus video

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Battery life is very good, plus the laptop is packed with great features such as bluetooth, webcam, fingerprint reader, and DVD-Ram compatibility.
Bad points:
The UK version of the laptop is lacking a backlit keyboard; which in itself would not be a problem, however, the designers of the laptop have failed to recognise the issue this can cause when coupled with key letters that are almost the same colour as the keys themselves. This means that unless you are a champion touch-typist (able to type without looking at the keys), under certain lighting conditions you will not be able to see what letter you are pressing! A bit of an obvious design flaw, which HP presumably noticed at some point in time as the US version does come with a backlit keyboard. Other than that, there are no other major issues with the laptop. Only other (minor point) is that the touchpad driver on this model has slightly reduced functionality in comparison to my previous HP laptop from three years ago.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 May 2009

Ben, Derby

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Well made, solidly built laptop.
Bad points:
Some other reviews mentioned that the keyboard letters are hard to see - this is true if you are working in low light levels, but otherwise it is fine.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 6.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Jul 2009

Jelena, London

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Good value for money.
Bad points:
Came only with 1 GB RAM, but I've replaced it with 4GB for £40, now works just perfect.
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Aug 2009

Mitch, London

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Nice looking Laptop and works like a dream....
Bad points:
Keyboard brown on black lettering does not work in low light conditions it's impossible to see keys.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser used at uni

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
great little system, looks good, good performance. could upgrade to 8GB of ram
Bad points:
only really quibbles are that the battery life isn't brilliant and the keyboard could use a back light as its hard to see the keys in low light
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Oct 2009

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 13.3
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720 (WXGA)
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 2
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 320
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number T5800
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Wireless
Connections Bluetooth
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Weight (kg) 1.87
Graphics card brand nVidia
Graphics card model number GEF 9300M G
Remote control Yes
Release date 2008-11-11

Also known as: HEWLETPACK DV3-500EA, HP

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Manufacturer's Description

With a striking, bronze liquid metallic design on the outside and powerful entertainment capabilities on the inside, this 13.3-inch notebook is the perfect partner for fun, communication and mobility

Features
• Featuring genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic or Premium for superior digital entertainment and advanced features

• Featuring a new liquid metallic HP Imprint finish Intersect in bronze, this 13.3-inch notebook PC is designed to captivate

• With a single click, access your digital entertainment, from HD video to karaoke fun – thanks to MediaSmart entertainment software. With its built-in remote control, premium sound and dual headphone jacks, this PC offers captivating entertainment

• An integrated webcam, dual digital microphones and broadband are ideal for social networking

• ProtectSmart hard drive protection protects your most cherished data and enables you to work in a secure environment


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