The HP 2000z-2a00 is the latest refresh of the cheapest full-size HP notebook PC. The 15.6-inch 2000z for 2012 brings an updated 1.4″ thick chassis design, which has a more streamlined look than the previous generation and combines black glossy and matte surfaces, supplemented by rounded edges and tile-style keyboard. What’s interesting on the new version are enormously large HP logos on the lower left corner of the palm-rest and the notebook lid. Judging from the images, the logo isn’t too distinctive and blends into surrounding area nicely, while giving the laptop a unique look.
HP’s 2000z for this year incorporates the latest AMD budget computing technology, comprising of the AMD dual-core E1-series Fusion processors, namely the E1-1200 and E2-1800, both with the Radeon HD 7300 integrated graphics. Maximal supported RAM memory is 8GB via two SODIMM slots, while hard drive space goes up to 640GB. Since it’s a standard full-size laptop, the 2000z sports a 15.6-inch display with a common resolution of 1,366×768 pixels and a full range of ports and slots. Overall, we are looking at a budget laptop which main purpose are day-to-day operations, but full HD video playback and gaming on the lowest settings are also possible.
The estimated battery life of 5.5 hours is in line with the size of the notebook and its internal components and six-cell battery.
The HP 2000z-2a00 currently costs $350. This SKU is actually a configurable system offered through HP.com, but there will be also pre-configured 2000z models available soon at various retailers. Also, the 2000z is an AMD powered series, while the expected 2000t will use Intel’s lower-end CPUs.
HP 2000z (2a00) Specifications
Display: 15.6” 1366×768, glossy
Processor: AMD Dual-Core Processor E1-1200 (1.4GHz, 1MB L2 Cache) or E2-1800 (1.7GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7300 integrated
Memory: Up to 4GB DDR3, expandable to 8GB, 2 slots
Storage: Up to 640GB at 5,400rpm
Optical Drive: DVD burner
Audio: Altec Lansing stereo speakers
Network: Wireless-N, Ethernet LAN, optional Bluetooth
Input: Tile-style keyboard, no numeric pad, multi-touch trackpad
Ports and Slots: 3 x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, multi-in-one media card reader
Battery: 6-cell, up to 5.5 hours of battery life
Dimensions: 1.41 x 14.8 x 9.72 inches
Weight: 5.4 pounds
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Old 2000z Article (2011):
Hewlett-Packard has in stock a new affordable 15.6-inch notebook – the AMD-based HP 2000z, which is even cheaper than the recently unveiled Intel version.
Starting at $349.99, the HP 2000z is powered by AMD Fusion chips from Ontario and Zacate family. The basic configuration features the AMD Dual-Core C-50, with E-240 and E-350 options available, 2GB of RAM expandable to 4GB, 320-500GB HDD, a DVD burner, and a 6-cell battery for “up to 5.5 hours” of battery life. The display is glossy at 1366-by-768 pixels, and on the top of the LCD panel there’s a built-in web camera.
The laptop has 802.11n Wi-Fi, and very basic set of ports and slots including three USB 2.0 connectors, VGA, and a multi-in-one media card reader. HDMI is not present.
Customers can configure and purchase the HP 2000z via the HP official online store.