HP Pavilion HDX “The Dragon” Announced

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HP has unleashed what it is calling "The Dragon". Otherwise known as the HP Pavilion HDX, this notebook offers a 20.1-inch screen, Ultra BrightView display, and four Altec Lansing speakers plus a subwoofer.

The Dragon is quite obviously HP’s biggest notebook to date, previous to this the 17" dv9000 series was the biggest. The HDX uses the imprint design used on other Pavilion notebooks, the the finish includes a pattern aptly called "Dragon" imprint.

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The 20.1-inch display on the HDX is dubbed by HP as being "Ultra BrightView", it’s capable of true HD 1080p resolution. The screen has dual lamps for extra brightness and also a unique adjusting dual hinge design that allows it to be adjusted to a position that’s just right for viewing:

Fittingly HP is offering an HD-DVD ROM with SuperMulti DVD+-R/RW for the optional playback of high definition content. They’ve also included an HDMI port so you can play that HD-DVD content through to a TV if you like. If you’d rather watch TV on the HDX, there is of course a built-in HP HDTV Hybrid TV tuner that can stream HD content over the air.

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Speaker wise the HDX has four Altec Lansing speakers, and one HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer. Integrated amplifiers provide approximately 20W total output and supports a full range of treble and bass frequencies. An integrated audio processor supports 7.1 analog audio for external speakers.

Another unique feature of the HDX is the dockable Media Center remote control. The control simply slots into an area adjacent to the keyboard for easy access, you push an eject button to pop it out. It works in or out of the dock.

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Following are the specs of the HDX:

  • Processor: Intel Centrino Duo processor technology featuring, T7700 2.4GHz processor
  • Screen: 20.1" WSXGA+ High-Definition HP Ultra Brightview Widescreen Display (1680
    (1680 x 1050)
  • Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB GDDR3 (dedicated) and up to 2048MB Total Available Graphics Memory
  • Memory: Up to 4096MB (4GB) DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • Hard Drive: 400GB (4200RPM) Hard Drive Dual HDD – 200GB x 2(SATA)
  • Wireless: Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection & Bluetooth
  • Optical Drive: HD DVD ROM with SuperMulti DVD R/RW
  • Ports: 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 2 Headphone out, 1 w/Side Digital Audio, 1 microphone-in, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA (15-pin), 1 eSata, 1 TV-Out (S-video), 1 RJ -45 (LAN), 1 Expansion Port 3, 1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin), 1 Consumer IR (Remote Receiver), Native External Speaker Configurations Ports, SPDIF, Rear, Center/Sub, Front, Integrated HP HDTV Hybrid TV Tuner: NTSC/ATSC, Input, Blaster (IR emitter), Stereo Audio Input
  • Digital Media: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
  • Slots: ExpressCard 54
  • Dimensions: 18.7" (L) x 13.4" (W) x 2.3" (H)
  • Weight: 15.5 lbs

The dedicated graphics card performance from the ATI 2600 is a bit of a mystery in terms of the performance we can expect, the assumption is that it’s on part with say an Nvidia Go 7900 graphics card and will of course support DX 10 graphics.

Pricing will start at $2,999 for the HDX and availability will start in the summer, at around the end of June.



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