“20-inch” and “notebook” are two words that should probably be never used together in a single sentence. This computer gives new meaning to “the straw that broke the camel’s back”, but on the bright side, the camel can enjoy a feast of entertainment choices on this somewhat portable powerhouse.
A HP PR representative sent me an email asking if I was interesting in participating in a bloggers program to test drive Hewlett-Packard’s new Pavilion HDX9000 Series entertainment notebook PC, otherwise known as the “Dragon”. Being a sucker for freebies I gladly accepted. And today it arrived.
Disclaimer: This notebook is on-loan from HP for purpose of this review, playing games, watching movies, smudging and weight lifting. For that reason, my judgment on how awesome it is may be impaired. However, trust me on one thing, it doesn’t make it any smaller.
The pre-production model I received has inside:
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 (2.4GHz) (engineering sample)
- Memory: 2GB (2×1GB) DDR2 PC2-5300
- Hard disk: 2×160GB Seagate Momentus 5400.3
- Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB
- Display: 20.1&Prime Ultra Brightview LCD (1680×1050)
- Optical: LG SuperMulti CD/DVD (Dual layer) LightScribe burner
- Wireless: Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AG
- Ethernet: Marvell Gigabit Ethernet
- Bluetooth: HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth 2.0
- Audio: SigmaTel High Definition Audio
- Tuner: Built-in HDTV DVB-T & Analog dual tuner
- Battery: 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
- Connectors: 4xUSB, 2xheadset jack, 1xmicrophone jack, 1xIR receiver, 1xIR emitter jack, 1xS-video-in jack, 1xTV antenna jack, 4xaudio jack, 1xHDMI, 1xeSATA, 1xFirewire, 1xethernet, 1xExpressCard
- Speakers: 4 Altec Lansing audio speakers with integrated subwoofer
- Accessories: integrated webcam, detachable media remote, integrated microphone