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

Summary: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]

Topics: Intel, Apple, Dell, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Lenovo, Processors


John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine. He now works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are... Full Bio

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