HP's first 13.3-inch Pavilion vs. the competition

HP is shipping its first laptop with a 13.3-inch widescreen display.

HP’s first 13.3-inch Pavilion vs. the competition
HP is shipping its first laptop with a 13.3-inch widescreen display. The HP Pavilion dv3500t series is already available on HP's site starting at $1,000, and a slightly higher-end configuration, the dv3520nr, is available for pre-order at Best Buy for $1,200. Other sites have reported that this model will be a Best Buy exclusive.

The dv3500t series has the same bronze metallic finish and glossy touchpad as other new Pavilion models including the Pavilion dv4 14.1-inch laptop and Pavilion dv7 17-inch desktop replacements. The $1,000 base configuration includes the following specs:

  • 13.3-inch WXGA (1,280 x 800) widescreen display
  • 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5800
  • 2GB DDR2 memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS with 512MB
  • 160GB hard drive
  • SuperMulti 8X DVD
  • 32-bit Windows Vista Home Premium SP1

You can upgrade to an LED-backlit display for an additional $100. The dv3520nr has the LED display, as well as a faster processor, twice the memory and a larger hard drive for $200 more.

Many competitors already offer 13.3-inch models, but most of them rely on Intel integrated graphics. Here's how the dv3500t stacks up to the competition for similarly-priced configurations (I did not include the Apple MacBook Air or Lenovo ThinkPad X301, since they start at prices well above $1,000):

Apple MacBook 2.1GHz C2D 1GB Intel X3100 120GB DVD-ROM $1,100
Dell Inspiron 13 2.4GHz C2D T8300 4GB Intel X3100 320GB DVD multi $974
Dell XPS M1330 2.4GHz C2D T8300 4GB Intel X3100 250GB DVD multi $1,000
Lenovo IdeaPad U330 2.0GHz C2D P7350 2GB Radeon HD3450 250GB DVD multi $1,199
Sony VGN-SR190 2.26GHz C2D P8400 1GB Intel 4500MHD 120GB DVD multi $1,300
Toshiba Satellite U405D-S2874 2.1GHz Turion X2 4GB Radeon 3100 250GB DVD multi $950
Toshiba Satellite U405D-S2854 2.0GHz C2D T5750 3GB Intel X3100 320GB DVD multi $950
[Via Laptoping.com]

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