Is the HP DV9341 laptop for me?

  shaduf 21:52 22 Jun 2007

I have a selfbuilt Asus Pundit computer with a Pentium 4 - 300ghz processor and ATI Radeon 9100 IGP on board graphics built nearly 3 years ago.

It has 1 GB DDR SDRAM and plenty of Hard Drive capacity and runs XP very well.

For some time I have rather fancied a laptop and have now almost decided to replace the ASUS with a HP Media Centre Laptop which I shall use as a desktop machine and keep the ASUS as a backup.

My main interest is digital photography, video editing, music and net surfing. (No gaming)
I use a Samsung 26” HD TV as a monitor and the HP laptop has a HDMI output which would suit it well. I envisage using it with the Samsung and a USB keyboard/mouse whenever I was at my desk and occasionally detach it to use as a portable.

Obviously I don’t want to spend too much money, the laptop is £799 and that suits my budget but I would like some opinions as to whether the HP 9341 is a fairly well specified machine.
Brief Spec is:
AMD Turion 64x2 TL56
2 x 120GB SATA Hard Disks
17” WXGA Display
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 Graphics
1 GB DDR2 Memory (upgradeable to 2 GB)
Vista Home Premium

The ASUS is not easily upgradeable as there is little room for a better graphics card, or anything else for that matter. I don’t know how to compare the Graphics card and Processor in the HP with the ASUS and that is my basic difficulty. Are they a reasonable improvement?

Many thanks if you could enlighten me with your opinions.

  J B 10:34 23 Jun 2007

I don't know how much you want to fork out but here are a couple to look at click here and click here Depends on what you can get away with. The one that I have is the dv9340eu and I got it from John Lewis click here Good hunting. J.B.

  shaduf 19:50 23 Jun 2007

J B Thank you.

I am now looking at DV9292,9340,9341 and 9385.
So far, I think the 9341 is favourite but I need to study the detailed differences. Reviews are non too plentiful unfortunately.
I assume you are pleased with your HP 9340 or you would have said and like you I would like to purchase from John Lewis if possible but Micro Anvika seem a good bet.
Thanks again.

  skidzy 20:42 23 Jun 2007

Just to throw a spanner in the works click here you need to add the OS once the system is selected,with a change from your about using this towards an External Harddrive.

  shaduf 21:02 23 Jun 2007

Hi skidzy,
Well, not quite sure where this fits in my plans. It doesn't appear to have a HDMI output which I wanted to feed my Samsung 26" TV monitor.
Hard drives are not the issue. I have a Seagate 500GB Free Agent and a 500GB Media Drive and several smaller external drives, all used for video. Incidentally, I don't know where I got it from but I was under the impression that the HP Multi DVD writers could play DVD Ram discs but I can't find anything now that says they do. Presumably I could use an external DVD writer via USB?

  J B 10:41 24 Jun 2007

In reply to you, I do like the dv9340eu. I use mine for photography mainly and I find it more than adequate for the job. Haven't played around with much else yet except Office 2007 but as they say all in good time. J.B.

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