HP Pavilion HDX Review (Penryn and Nvidia Update)

Last year's release of the HP Pavilion HDX (code named "The Dragon") marked the arrival of the most massive notebook we've ever seen. The update to the HDX is a 20.1" widescreen entertainment notebook hat uses the Intel Penryn processors and dedicated Nvidia 8800M GTS graphics. Add in a Blu-ray optical drive, integrated HDTV tuner, dual hard drives and integrated web-camera and this massive beast redefines the term "notebook." Let's take a closer look at what the update to the HP Pavilion HDX has to offer.

Below are the specs for our HP Pavilion HDX as configured:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 (2.6GHz "Penryn" processor)
  • Nvidia 8800M GTS (512MB dedicated DDR3 RAM, 1791MB shared system RAM)
  • Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
  • 20.1" WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels) HP Ultra Brightview display
  • Integrated HP HDTV Tuner w/4 Altec Lansing speakers + 1 subwoofer
  • PowerPack Software - Roxio, Muvee and Serif
  • Dual 250GB 5400RPM Hard Drives (500GB total)
  • Blu-ray DVD-ROM w/ Super Multi DVD+/-RW w/Double Layer
  • 4GB DDR2 system memory
  • Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Intel Pro/Wireless 4945a/g/n network with Bluetooth
  • HP Imprint "Dragon" finish + Fingerprint reader + webcam
  • High capacity 9-cell battery (10.8V, 83WH)
  • Dimensions: 18.7" (L) x 13.4" (W) x 2.3" (H)
  • Weight: 15 lbs. 12.6 oz.
  • Price as configured: $3,899.99 ($3,699.99 after $200 instant rebate)

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