With widescreen notebooks becoming more and more popular, manufacturers have to come up with new ideas to make their products more appealing and to differentiate one model from another. hp has done this with the dv1000 as it is the first 14in widescreen notebook to arrive at TrustedReviews and it also doubles up as a portable media PC, although it is not running Windows Media Center. It is however running a pre Windows application called QuickPlay. This is a customised Linux environment, but you would be none the wiser with all the hp branded slick menus that you’re presented with.
This is not the first time we have seen a similar piece of software but what sets the dv1000 apart is the remote control that comes bundled with the laptop. The remote is very slim and fits in the PC Card slot, which means that you can carry it with you all the time without fear of losing it. However,you don't have to use the remote control to access the hp QuickPlay application as there is a row of buttons above the keyboard that enable you to start the DVD and audio player. This is also where hp has fitted a set of play and volume controls, as well as a button that enables the built in wireless antenna, which I’ll get back to shortly.
The remote control can also be used with the DVD player in Windows and with a media player of your choice. There is a set of navigation buttons, an ok button, a back button, an info button that launches hp’s system information utility, a print button, a button that accesses hp’s Image Zone software, another media player button and finally a button that enables the D-SUB connector.
So what about the hardware specifications of the laptop? Well, they’re nothing special by comparative standards - a 1.4GHz Pentium M processor with 2MB of cache on a 400MHz bus. Add to this 512MB PC2700 DDR memory and a 40GB hard drive and this is pretty much your lot, as the dv1000 is using integrated Intel Extreme graphics. As this is a Centrino branded notebook it does of course feature Intel wireless LAN in the form of an 802.11 b/g card. The antenna can be enabled or disabled using the button above the keyboard, which means that you don’t have to have the WiFi adapter draining precious battery life when you're not using it.
You do of course get everything else you would expect to find in a modern notebook such as integrated 10/100Mbit Ethernet, integrated 56k V.90 modem, a 4x +/- R/RW DVD writer and a multi format card reader. The card reader accepts SD, MMC, xD, SmartMedia and MemoryStick in both normal and Pro varieties.
In terms of expansion ports you’ll find a single USB 2.0 port on the left hand side and a further two on the right, as well as a mini FireWire port also on the right hand side. The network and modem ports are both located on the left hand side together with the D-SUB connector, a docking cradle connector and of course a Type II PC Card slot.