HP DV5-1110EM Laptop Review and Specification

Posted on Nov 7 2008 - 10:23pm by Richard Sharp

Every week new laptops are released which is great; some are really good laptops and some are poor laptops.  The Hewlett packard DV5-1110EM laptop is a good one. The DV5-1110EM is a perfect Entertainment Laptop. With Blu-Ray drive and Radeon HD3450 graphics card it is equally adapt at watching movies or playing games.

Last week we wrote about the Toshiba l300-13s laptop and commented on how impressed we were with it; it was only £399 so this HP needs to deliver a much bigger punch to justify its £599 – to be honest it does it really well.

Firstly it looks stunning and just looks like a high end laptop. It is black and silver with a twist, it is high gloss silver on the keyboard side and on the lid is piano black – this means that the keyboard space remains relatively finger print free. It is also easy to clean.

The HP DV5 1110EM has quite a bit of power at its heart supplied by the AMD Turion X2 Dual Core processor RM72 that runs at 2.10 Mhz. This little beauty also has a generous 3gb of ram so it really is built for multi tasking.

The 15.4 inch widescreen is crystal clear due to it being HD ready. The laptop also sports a blu ray reader/writer drive so it can play blu ray disks (as well as dvd and cd of course). The write speed is also pretty competitive.  Laptops of this size usually have small hard drives but this HP has a 250 GB drive; which is plenty of room in our opinion (and if not is has four usb ports so you can easily bolt on an external hard drive at home or office).

The DV5-111 EM packs in a lot of tech and still manages to stay trim – it only weighs 2.65KG so you won’t break your back carrying it around. The £599 price tag may seem a lot in todays market place but trust us you do get your monies worth (and more).

Laptop specification:

  • AMD Turion X2 Dual Core processor RM72
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450 graphics card
  • 3 GB memory (ram) 
  • 250 GB hard drive
  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Blu-ray Combo Drive
  • 15.4″ High Definition display
  • HDMI high definition connectivity
  • 4 No. of USB Connections
  • 2.65 kg Weight

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  1. Hiral January 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    I have recently purchased this laptop and can agree with you on the machine being very good. Although the battery only lasts aroung 45 / 50 mins, even when its not being used for much. Can you shed some light on the battery power?

  2. Mark January 10, 2009 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I also got this laptop and think it’s great. Couldn’t fault it. My battery lasts for at least 90 minutes with wifi turned on and doing quite a few things at the same time.

    The screen is brighter and the colours are richer compared to my previous Toshiba, and the viewing angles are better too. It’s also MUCH quieter than the Toshiba. Finding my way around Vista, but I actually seem to prefer it over XP.

    It was easy to connect the laptop to my HDTV via the HDMI cable and the remote control supplied means you don’t have to jump up and down all the time when it comes to the menus.

    It has 2 headphone sockets so you and a friend can watch a movie at the same time if you’re using just the screen and I like the touch area above the keyboard for media controls and volume. The speakers are louder compared to my Toshiba too.

    The only negative thing I can say is that although it’s advertised as having a 250gb hard drive, 10gb of that is taken up with a recovery partition. You can make ONE copy onto disk as a backup, but that’s all.

    I’d give this laptop 10/10.

  3. Debbie O'Neill February 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Can you watch blue ray dvd’s on the tv via the laptop?

  4. Richard February 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Debbie, you could use the monitor or svideo out so long as your tv had the nessesary ports. Which tv do you have?

  5. Mark March 23, 2009 at 2:59 am - Reply

    does the logo at the back light up while your using the laptop?

  6. matt April 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    its awesome

  7. Nitin Mehta April 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    bought this laptop 10 days back and its just wonderful. with a massive 3gb ram, 250 gb hard disk and a powerful processor, this machine works quite nicely. i am glad that i chose this lappy. the graphics card (ati mobility radeon hd3450) runs demanding games like call of duty 4 nicely though u have to set all the settings on low but its unlikely that u would notice any difference (unless u r a SERIOUS gamer).

    another big plus point of this system is its blue-ray player. however, with a screen resolution of only 1280 X 800 u can not expoit the full experience of HD movies but again its a very minor issue..

    overall, its one of best machines in the market! 9.5/10

  8. Hira Haque May 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    i want to install windows XP on my dv5-1110em laptop. how i ill do that

  9. Gary May 27, 2009 at 7:09 am - Reply

    I love this laptop, it's lightwieght, and is extremly powerful, I play games all the time and have no problems running the latest titles, although i think the speakers could be a little better. 10/10 for perfomance.

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