Review HP Pavilion dv9033cl Notebook

Beauty Notebooks of the Pavilion dv9000 are bigger dv6000s, which we already reviewed some time ago. Despite of powerful, energy-demanding components, it is extraordinary slim.

HP Pavilion dv9033cl Logo

Case

Following review is provided by notebookcheck.pl, our Polish editor team.

Overall, all notebooks of the dv9000 series have a common design. Also the dv9033cl has a piano coating and shows the already known wave pattern.

Generally, the workmanship of the dv9000 series is alright. However, the panel above the keyboard is not at the same level than the surrounding case.

The display cover slightly yields under pressure, but in total it is still rather robust. Tough the hinges are small, they hardly allow any wobbling.

The Pavilion dv9000 series and the dv6000 series mainly differ by their closing mechanism. While the dv6000 notebooks utilize a magnetic locking, the bigger 17 inch dv9000 series provide a standard latch with two bolts.

Because of its design specifics none of the interfaces could be located at the notebook's backside. Besides of the audio ports, the infrared port and the WLan switch, all other interfaces were located left and right of the notebook. The dv9033cl also provides a HDMI interface, while the dv9074cl does not.

Front Side: IR receiver, Audio Ports, SPDIF
HP Pavilion dv9033cl interfaces
Left Side: S-Video, VGA, Docking Station port, LAN, Modem, HDMI, 2x USB, FireWire, Card Reader
HP Pavilion dv9033cl interfaces
Right Side: USB, ExpressCard, DVD drive, USB, Power Connector
HP Pavilion dv9033cl interfaces
Rear Side: No Ports
HP Pavilion dv9033cl interfaces

Input Devices

The keyboard of the dv9000 series is basically identical to the one of the Pavilion dv6140ea. It provides a  seperate numerical keypad, however the enter key extends only over one row.

Typing features a short travel and an extremely abrupt stop and is a little bit noisy.

The touchpad is not placed in the center, but a little bit moved to the left. This was not uncomfortable for us, but chances are that the touchpad is accidentally activated by the left wrist. However, it can be deactived by a little button, lit by a small blue LED. The touchpad is the same than the one of the smaller dv6000 series. Its sliding properties are not ideal, and the according buttons not really user-friendly.

Touchpad
HP Pavilion dv9033cl Touchpad
Keyboard
HP Pavilion dv9033cl Keyboard

Display

Color Diagram
HP Pavilion dv9033cl Display

The dv9033cl is equipped with a 17-inch LG.Philips display with a native resolution of 1440x900 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 161.2cd/m², an acceptable result. Due to uneven brightness distribution, the illumination is only 77.5%.

124.7
cd/m²
169.8
cd/m²
158.5
cd/m²
130.4
cd/m²
161.0
cd/m²
159.8
cd/m²
135.9
cd/m²
134.3
cd/m²
148.4
cd/m²
Information
Maximum: 169.8 cd/m²
Average: 147 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 73 %
Black: 0.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 201:1
Distribution of brightness

Because of a black value of 0.8 cd/m² the LG.Philips screen has a calculated contrast ratio of 201:1.

dv9033cl on the right
HP Pavilion dv9033cl

The stability to the vantage point is moderate. Even small changes of the position worsen video quality.

Stability to the Vantage Point HP Pavilion dv9033cl
Stability to the Vantage Point HP Pavilion dv9033cl
Stability to the Vantage Point HP Pavilion dv9033cl
Stability to the Vantage Point HP Pavilion dv9033cl
Stability to the Vantage Point HP Pavilion dv9033cl
Stability to the Vantage Point HP Pavilion dv9033cl
Stability to the Vantage Point HP Pavilion dv9033cl
Stability to the Vantage Point HP Pavilion dv9033cl

Performance

The dv9033cl is equipped with a Core Duo T2300E (1.66GHz) processor and a GeForce Go 7600 video card. This equipment is alright for office and internet applications and also allows to play some not too demanding games.

The built-in harddisk is a  100GB HDD by Fujitsu. It is outperformed by the Seagate HDD of dv9074cl.

Further information about the video card can be found  here or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the Core Duo CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors or at our benchmark list of mobile video cards, in order to compare this notebook to other configurations.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
HP Pavilion dv9033cl Benchmark
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE17716 points
3DMark 038373 points
3DMark 053610 points
3DMark 06
 
2178 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
Lenovo ThinkPad X130e
 E-450, Radeon HD 6320
2155
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb
 A4-1250, Radeon HD 8210
2162
HP dv9033cl
 T2300, GeForce Go 7600
2178
Lenovo G700
 2020M, HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
2186
Lenovo Thinkpad SL400 2743-22U
 P8400, GeForce 9300M GS
2191
   ...
Alienware M18x R2 (max)
 3920XM, Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
29496
PC Mark
PCMark 044853 points
PCMark 053454 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Dell D620
 T7200, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
3425
Samsung X420 Aura SU4100
 SU4100, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
3440
HP dv9033cl
 T2300, GeForce Go 7600
3454
Dell Inspiron M301z
 K625, Radeon HD 4225
3478
HP Compaq 6735s NA853ES
 RM-72, Radeon HD 3200
3479
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
100 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 18 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 40 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 30 MB/s
Access Time: 18 ms
Burst Rate: 59 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4 %
Core Duo T2300E
Turion 64 X2 TL-56
  HP Pavilion dv9033cl (Core Duo T2300E) HP Pavilion dv9074cl (Turion 64 X2 TL-56)
Windows XP boot up 47s 50s
HP QuickPlay boot up 22s 26s
PCLinuxOS 2007 TR4 boot up 2min29s 2min14s
SLAX Linux (w/o GUI) boot up 50s 36s
loading a saved game HoMM V 21s 21s
MOV to MPEG conversion (on battery, 109MB) 1min18s 1min44s
MOV to DivX conversion (on PSA, 109MB) 1min12s 1min14s
installing .NET Framework 2.0 2min 11sec 2min21s
Aquamark benchmark 60516 points 57197 points
x3 Reunion benchmark 29.426fps/sec 29.271fps
WinRAR benchmark 794KB/s 817KB/s

Emissions

The fan runs very audible all the time. A BIOS update improved the control of the fan, however, it still stayed noisy. Under load the noise level starts at 40dB and reaches up to 46dB together with the fan of the video card during playing games.

During battery operation the dv9033cl emits a high-pitched sound. Nearly all of the Notebooks with an Intel processor of the Pavilion series have this problem in common.

Noise Level

Idle 33 / 40 / 37 dB(A)
HDD 33,2 dB(A)
DVD 35,7 / dB(A)
Load / 46 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Because of the rather slim case, the waste heat easily accumulates inside the notebook. The surface temperature clearly increased within a short time. Under full load it reaches a maximum of slightly above the 45 degrees Celsius.

Upper side

palmwrist: 38,8°C max: 42,1°C avg: 37,1°C

Bottom side

max: 45,1°C avg: 37,7°C

Speakers

The dv9033cl is equipped with Altec Lansing speakers. Despite of low power consumption, their sound is clear and rich, the maximum volume more or less alright.

Battery Runtime

The Pavilion dv9033cl is equipped with an 8-cell battery with a 4400mAh (63Wh) capacity. In practice you can expect a runtime of about two or three hours. Considering it is a DTR with a quite powerful video card, the battery runtime is very good.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 15min
DVD
2h 05min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 11min

Power consumption

Idle 24.7 / 27,5 / 27.5 Watt
Load 65 / 58 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

The HP Pavilion dv9033cl has several weaknesses in key aspects.

The brightness, color quality of the LG.Philips display are moderate, the stability to the vantage point is poor. In turn a HDMI interface is available.

Even after a BIOS update the fan stayed rather loud, but its control improved. Most annoying, during battery operation the dv9033cl emits a high-pitched sound.

Many thanks to our partners of Notebookcheck Polen for this review.

HP Pavilion dv9033cl
HP Pavilion dv9033cl
Reviewed: HP Pavilion dv9033cl (RG341UA#ABA)
HP Pavilion dv9033cl

Specifications

HP dv9033cl

:: Processor
Intel Core Duo T2300 1.66 GHz (Intel Core Duo)
:: Memory
2048 MB, 2 GB DDR2-533 (2x 1024 MB) maks. 4 GB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
17.1 inch 16:10, 1440x900 pixel, WXGA+ High Definition BrightView (LG Philips LP171WP4-TL03)
:: Harddisk
100 GB - 5400 rpm, 100 GB 5400 rpm Fujitsu MHV2100BH: 100GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
4x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, wej¶cie mikrofonowe, 2x wyj¶cie s³uchawkowe (1x SPDIF), FireWire 1394, RJ-11, RJ-45, S-Video
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 40 x 385 x 295
:: Weight
3.54 kg
:: Battery
, litowo-jonowy 4400 mAh (64 Wh)
:: Price
6088 Euro
:: Additional features
Mobile Intel Calistoga i945PM, HDD: 100GB, 5400rpm, Fujitsu MHV2100BH, Conexant Cx20549 @ Intel 82801GBM ICH7-M - HD audio, Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-851S,

 

Most of the interfaces are located at the left side.
A HDMI port is available.
The touchpad can be deactivated by little button, if needed.
The keyboard is similar to the one of the Pavilion dv6000 series...
...but provides an additional numerical keypad.
The brightness and color quality of the glossy LG.Philips screen are moderate, its stability to the vantage point is poor.
The release of the display is difficult in use.
The dv9000 series provide a WLan switch.
Although the battery isn't overly capacious, it provides a runtime between two up to three hours. Considering it is a DTR, this is an excellent runtime.
The design of the Pavilion dv9000 series is impressive.
The black piano coating looks good.
The workmanship is not so good.
The case is slim, so cooling the notebook is more difficult.

Pro

  • Good look
  • HDMI port
  • Long battery runtime
  • Accessories
  • Contra

  • Noise emissions
  • Poor stability to the vantage point
  • High-pitched sound during battery operation
  • Workmanship of the case
  • Touchpad
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