Another option that might be worth considering is the xc1000 All-in-One Media Cable which connects to the docking cradle port and gives you a full set of AV options. The xc1000 gives you an S-Video TV out connector, optical S/PDIF, stereo RCA connectors and for some reason, a USB port. The UK price for the xc1000 cable is also yet to be confirmed.
You do get a lot of software pre-installed on the dv1000 and although most of it seemed consist of various drivers for hp’s printers, some of it is at least worth a mention. There’s a copy of Microsoft Works Suite 2004 which includes a full copy of Word and Auto Route 2004 – this is a great office package and more than powerful enough for most users. Interestingly hp ships the dv1000 with a pre-installed copy of iTunes, but since hp sells iPods in the US, this is understandable.
The battery life on the dv1000 is pretty average – it ran for two hours and 51 minutes using MobileMark 2002, which will see you through a DVD on battery power, but that’s about it. That said, you’ll probably get better battery life if you’re watching a DVD using QuickPlay instead of booting up Windows. You can get an extended battery that should double the battery life, but again, only in the US. It’s a shame that you can’t augment the battery life in the UK because the dv1000 is fairly portable at 2.45kg, and I’m sure that there are many mobile workers that would like to carry a machine like this around with them.
The performance numbers were quite impressive though, considering the speed of the processor, with an overall SYSmark 2002 score of 171 and a MobileMark score of 142. However, don’t expect to play any games on the dv1000, since the integrated graphics didn’t even produce a decent score in PCMark 2004, so we figured it was pointless to even attempt to run any 3D benchmarks on it.
Rounding things off nicely is the price, as hp is selling the dv1000 for an amazingly competitive £899 inc VAT, which is phenomenal considering what you are getting for your money. I would however have preferred to have seen a slightly higher price tag, and have the BrightView screen included. Considering that the dv1000 is selling on the basis of its media capabilities, a bright, vivid display with good contrast would make all the difference.
The hp dv1000 is a well featured, mobile media PC from hp, and it works well on many levels, especially when you factor in value for money. However, if hp had gone with its initial plan to sell the dv1000 with a BrightView screen, it would have been a better product and would have grabbed a Recommended award.