Technical Specifications: The V3000z is available in custom build to order and also pre-configured versions should be available in retail stores soon. Since I ordered mine custom built from HP, the specifications will vary. AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-52 (1.60GHz/512KB) 14.1″ WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 512MB DDR2 SDRAM (2x256MB)* 60 GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW w/Double Layer Support 802.11b/g WLAN 12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery Dimensions: 13.15″ (L) x 9.33″ (W) x 1″ (min H)/1.54″ (max H) Weight (6 cell): 5.5lb *The v3000z I purchased was upgraded to 2GB of RAM aftermarket. Build & Design The laptop is colored with a combination of grey and black with imprinted lines all over the visible surface. It looks conservative and yet comes off as being an extremely stylish looking laptop. The screen which is surrounded by a high gloss black surface is more prone to fingerprints. Most of the laptop is built of polycarbonate with an imprint finish developed by Nissha Film Products. The imprint can be seen clearly and is protected by a coating of clear plastic material which helps in avoiding scratch marks. Screen The screen is almost perfect, I had no issues with any dead or stuck pixels. It has good horizontal viewing angle but the vertical angles could be better (this is typical of most notebook screens). The 14″ widescreen is a very popular format and is perfect for everyday use. The text looks clear and sharp and the screen viewing area is perfect for surfing and typing documents. Speakers HP has replaced the position of the speakers from the front of the laptop in the previous generation to a place right above the keyboard. The speakers are branded as Altec Lansing and have decent bass that are slightly better than the average laptop speaker. Keyboard & Touchpad The keyboard has also received an update along with the rest of the laptop. The keys have good feel and have good travel and the key press is registered at first stroke. I haven’t run into any major issues and unless you have typed on a ThinkPad, this keyboard should do fine. The keyboard is not full size as in many earlier HP laptops, but HP has done a fair trade off. Only the right Shift and the top row buttons are smaller. The other keys are of standard size for a laptop. There is little bit of flex and this is noticeable around the right lower corner (area of the arrow keys). The touchpad is located in the centre of the laptop and is slightly to the right of the space bar. It is a bit short but makes up for this by being wider which makes it perfect for the 16:9 ratio screen. It is very smooth and easy to maneuver the cursor around the screen using it. The touchpad also has a dedicated scroll area which is clearly marked. Another thoughtful feature is the touchpad on/off button which is helpful to avoid accidental cursor movement, especially when using the keyboard. The two mouse buttons have a good feel and don’t have the typical click’ noise, but instead produce a low soft sound and offer good travel when pressed. There are 4 buttons located on top of the keyboard which control the power on/off, speaker volume, mute and Quickplay buttons. The latter 3 buttons are touch sensitive and produce a popping noise to indicate that the button has been activated/deactivated. The volume increase/decrease buttons also follow the same principle and sliding the hand over the markings increases or decreases the volume. All of these buttons are lit blue and look very good, especially in a dark setting. They are not bright enough to interfere while working. Wireless The laptop ships stock with a Broadcom wireless chipset. The range and connection speeds are good and generally works very well without any issues. The only sticking point might be for Linux users as Broadcom is pretty much Linux unfriendly. Battery With the Wi-Fi on, screen at low brightness and surfing the web, typing documents and intermittently listening to some music, the battery lasted 3hr 30min.