HP Pavilion DV4-1227US 14.1-Inch Laptop - Espresso Black

HP Pavilion DV4-1227US 14.1-Inch Laptop - Espresso Black
From Hewlett Packard

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Product Description

Amazon Exclusive dv4-1227us expands on the sophisticated elegance of the current line, the new dv series is defined by fluid, modern lines and metalized finishes with surprising innovations inside and out. The dv4 series Imprint pattern provides subtle contrast to the liquid appearance of the metallic finish. And touch media controls light up and become visible only when the system is powered on further enhancing the clean appearance. HP’s mobile products have won coveted International Red Dot, iF and CES Innovation design awards and been recognized by other leading design institutions. Providing more choices than ever, HP MediaSmart enables access to DVDs, videos, photos, music, Internet TV, and streamed or recorded TV (with an optional TV Tuner) at the touch of a button. Built-in demos show you how to add music to your slide shows or videos with drag-and-drop functionality – and much more. An HDMI port enables you to watch films on an HD TV. Muvee Reveal makes creating films complete with effects and transitions a snap! Extras include dual headphone jacks and an HP Mobile Remote Control. Eco Highlights: ENERGY STAR qualified and EPEAT Silver registered, HP advanced power management features and aggressive default power settings reduce energy consumption, exclusive use of EPA SmartWay carriers for reduced transportation-related emissions, recyclable packaging material for less waste and a variety of environmentally responsible accessories are available including extended life batteries and mice.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #15 in Personal Computers
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Hewlett-Packard
  • Model: dv4-1227us
  • Dimensions: 1.34" h x 9.45" w x 13.15" l, 5.08 pounds


  • 2.00Ghz Intel Core2 Duo Processor T6400
  • 4 GB DDR2 RAM (Max Supported 8GB)
  • 320GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA), Dual-layer Lightscribe DVD±R drive
  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1
  • 14.1" Diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Product Description Offering an eye-catching modern look, the entertainment-focused HP Pavilion DV4-1227US notebook PC makes it easy to enjoy your favorite music and videos while on the go, as well as keep you productive with a speedy dual-core processor and 64-bit Windows Home Vista Premium operating system. The 14.1-inch high-definition BrightView display looks good even in direct sunlight, and you'll enjoy movies or music in seconds with the external DVD or music buttons to launch HP QuickPlay (which bypasses the boot process). Control playback settings from up to 10 feet away with the included HP remote, then store it conveniently in the Express card slot. Turn your next instant message into a live video chat with the integrated webcam and omni-directional microphone. Optimized for low-light environments, it's great for capturing short videos to share on your favorite social networking site. It's powered by the 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor, which boosts speed, reduces power requirements, and saves on battery life. It also offers a fast 800 MHz front-side bus speed and 2 MB L2 cache. HP's ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection locks your 250 GB hard drive into place when it senses abrupt motion to help prevent data loss. The built-in eSATA/USB combo port enables fast backup to an external hard drive. Other features include 4 GB of installed RAM (8 GB maximum), Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics (up to 1759 MB total), dual-layer Lightscribe DVD±RW drive (which also burns CDs), ExpressCard 54 slot, quad-mode Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g), and 5-in-1 memory card reader.
The HP Pavilion DV4-1227US in Expresso Black Imprint.
High Style Expanding on the sophisticated elegance of HP's notebook design from the past few years, the new DV series is defined by fluid, modern lines and metalized finishes. Bursts of energy and excitement are brought to life with the HP Expresso Black Imprint, using bright flickering balls that erupt outwared against a sleek black backdrop. The streamlined look is enhanced with a color-matched keyboard and touchpad. And touch media controls light up and become visible only when the system is powered on further enhancing the clean appearance.
Spec Check
  • 14.1-inch LCD screen
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor
  • 320 GB hard drive
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB maximum)
  • Dual-layer Lightscribe DVD±R drive
  • Quad-mode Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g)
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics (up to 1759 MB total)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit, SP1)
  • Weighs 5.1 pounds
The Basics
  • Processor: The Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor has a 2.0 GHz processor speed, fast 800 MHz front-side bus (FSB), and 2 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.) With two computational execution cores in a single processor, it provides greater system response when running multi-threaded applications simultaneously with no significant increase in power consumption. It's optimized for multitasking and is ready to support the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. It can simultaneously run multiple demanding applications--such as graphics-intensive games or serious number-crunching business productivity applications--while downloading music or running virus-scanning security programs in the background. Some of the advanced Intel innovations of the Core 2 Duo processor include:
    • Smart Memory Access: Improves system performance by hiding memory latency, thus optimizing the use of available computer data bandwidth to provide data to the processor when and where it is needed.
    • Advanced Digital Media Boost: Effectively doubles the execution speed for instructions used widely in multimedia and graphics applications.
    • Dynamic Power Coordination: Coordinates Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology and idle power-management state (C-states) transitions independently per core to help save power.
    • Deeper Sleep with Dynamic Cache Sizing: Saves power by flushing cache data to system memory during periods of inactivity to lower CPU voltage.
  • Hard Drive: The large 320 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive (5400 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video. This SATA hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0. You'll enjoy enhanced hard drive protection with HP's Protectsmart, which includes a 3D accelerometer that safeguards your data by parking your hard drive if your notebook detects any range of motion, such as being knocked off your desk, falling or taking abuse.
    The gorgeous and functional details of the DV4-1227US.
  • Memory: The 4 GB of installed RAM helps boost the amount of available video RAM that's shared with this notebook's video card. This notebook has an amazing 8 GB maximum RAM capacity (4 x 2 GB). To receive the faster data transfer benefits of the dual-channel DDR2 RAM, any RAM additions require memory modules of same capacity and clockspeed.
  • DVD/CD Drive: This multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with writing both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer (DL) DVD+/-R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features 4x DVD-R DL Write Once, 2.4x DVD+R DL Write Once, 8x DVD+R, 4x DVD+RW, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD-RW, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW, and 40x CD-ROM speeds. This LightScribe DVD±RW drive lets you laser-etch silkscreen quality text and images on to CDs and DVDs . Your software, PC and discs work together for a no-hassle way to burn just the labels you want. After you burn content, just flip the disc over, reinsert and burn your label--anything from a simple title to a full-disc work of art.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad. It also includes two quick-launch buttons (HP QuickPlay Music and DVD).
Screen, Video & Audio You'll enjoy razor-sharp graphics and widescreen movies with the 14.1-inch WXGA high-definition screen, which has a widescreen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels--perfect for watching DVD movies the way they were meant to be seen. Video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, which uses shared video memory (up to 1759 MB allocated from the system memory). This graphics card is built with Intel Clear Video technology, which delivers clearer, more detailed images by eliminating many of the jagged edges and video artifacts seen when viewing interlaced content and features powerful color control to ensure videos are not too dark, overly bright, or washed out. The Altec Lansing speakers provide exceptional sound, and it also includes SRS Premium Sound. You'll be able to privately share enjoyment of multimedia with a friend via the dual headphone jacks. Networking, Connectivity & Expansion This notebook has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. It also includes a next-generation ExpressCard 34 card slot (replacing the PCMCIA slot), which lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features. It comes with the following external connectors:
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players (with 1 eSATA + USB 2.0 combo port)
  • 1 HDMI output (for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theater receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable)
  • Analog video output: 1 VGA
  • 1 ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
  • 2 headphone jacks
  • 1 microphone jack
  • 1 Expansion Port 3 connector (for use with the HP xb3000 Expansion Base or the HP Notebook QuickDock)
  • 1 IR receiver
  • 5-in-1 memory card reader (Secure Digital, MultiMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD Picture Card)
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet networking
  • 56K modem (V.90)
Operating System
The remote control fits in the ExpressCard slot.
The 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium (with SP1) is the operating system for users with advanced computer needs, and it includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center for watching DVD movies and accessing your digital audio library. You can also use Windows Media Center to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV) and to access new kinds of online entertainment content. Computers that include Windows Vista Home Premium and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access key data even when your computer is off. It is also easier than ever to share files between other PCs in your household and to manage your laptop computer settings to more securely connect via Wi-Fi. Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities. Preloaded Software
  • HP MediaSmart Software Suite: Your one-stop multimedia and entertainment center to create photo slideshows, share personal videos, listen to your favorite music playlists and watch DVD movies.
  • muvee autoProducer Basic: Automatically create professional looking home videos and burn to DVD.
  • Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe: Automatically fix and edit videos and create CDs and DVDs. Edit, burn and archive data to discs.
  • Microsoft Works 9: Includes a word processor, spreadsheet, database and calendar.
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (60-day trial version).
  • Adobe Reader 8: Read and print PDF files.
  • Norton Internet Security 2009 protects your PC and your identity when you email, bank and shop online; 60 days of protection updates included.
Dimensions & Weight This notebook measures 13.15 x 9.45 x 1.57 inches (WxHxD) and weighs 5.1 pounds. Power It's powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 2 hours (depending on usage). What's in the Box This package contains the HP Pavilion DV4-1227US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, IR remote control, and operating instructions. It is backed by a limited warranty for parts and labor for one year from date of purchase as well as technical telephone assistance for one year. Software is also covered for 30 days from date of purchase. Reduce your impact on the environment with this Energy Star-certified system and HP's innovative take-back options, including trade-in, recycling and donation.

Customer Reviews

Best Laptop5 I ordered this laptop on the HP website and, so far so good I haven't had any problems. It's packed with features, and the best part is, that it's affordable. I got my laptop for $701.00, of course this was with the use of a coupon, and a student discount, plus the shipping was free, not only that, but I got free upgrades on the memory and hard drive. I think this is the perfect laptop for a student, because it's not that heavy and you can easily take it with you where ever you want. I also love the 14" screen it's not too big, but it's not too small, to me it's the perfect screen size on a laptop. The fan is a little noisy at times, but it's not a major concern. It also gets quite hot on the bottom, but I think most laptops do. The battery life I found to be so-so, not the best, but not bad either. My computer specs: -Espresso Black -Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit) (free upgrade) -Intel Core Duo 2 Duo Processor T6400 (2.0Ghz) -3GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) (free upgrade) -320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection (free upgrade) -Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD -14.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800) -LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support -Webcam + Fingerprint Reader -Wireless-G Card with Bluetooth -HP Integrated HDTV Hybrid Tuner -HP Color Matching Keyboard -6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery -No Modem Overall, I do recommend this computer, especially for students like myself who are on a tight budget, you'll get a lot of bang for your buck! Satisfied4 I have had this computer for about a month now, and it is working out great for my purposes. I'm not a heavy user - typical internet browsing, download media files, and word processing are what it gets used for. I ran the computer for about six hours straight upon initial receipt of the item doing updates, etc. In my opinion, the laptop didn't run uncomfortably warm at all. The hottest thing was actually the power pack. The design is beautiful. There is a white HP logo on the back of the cover that lights up while powered on. Keep in mind, though advertised as 320 GB hard drive, there is space set aside for the recovery drive and included bloatware. I installed only Microsoft Office 2007, and was left with about 250 GB available space. The computer will come with some Norton trialware and HP game stuff already installed. This model also has a webcam. There are three USB slots - two on one side of the computer and the other USB/eSATA combo slot on the opposite side. I appreciated the fact that the two USB slots that are next to each other sit next to each other horizontally rather than stacked on top of each other vertically. When I've had two USB slots needed for one external device previously, using the computer with the USB slots on top of each other made it more difficult to pull the USB cables out after finishing use of the device. Having them next to each other horizontally makes removing the plugs easier. I also really like having the button above the touchpad. Pushing it will make the light next to it turn red/orange - indicating all clicks and movements from the touchpad will be locked out temporarily, allowing you to take a cloth or other cleaning device and wipe down the area in case it gets particularly grungy. Just click the button above the touchpad again to get all the clicks registering again. This allows me to keep the touchpad clean without having to power off the computer or worrying about something accidentally clicking if I leave the touchpad on - opening files unintentionally, etc. The touchpad is extremely smooth - perhaps more than I personally like. It sometimes feels difficult to build the friction necessary to get the mouse moving. It helps to adjust sensitivity settings - just look for the touchpad icon in the system tray. Overall, I am happy with the purchase. Excellent product used for 6 months5
I have a slightly different version of the DV4 that the one
described, but the product has been outstanding. Very solid
construction, everything works well - no problems at all.

The system came with Vista installed, but I have also installed
Linux (Fedora 10) and am currently running Windows 7 beta. No problems

I have had many HP products over the years - and this is one of the
best I have ever seen or used by any vendor. One reason that I chose HP
was the super support - email, phone, download supports in the future,

Looking forward to many years for a great product !

BTW: The product was not released until 2008, thus the review above
that complains about the video card is not relevant to this product.