First laptops "designed by" Best Buy look like winners

First laptops "designed by" Best Buy look like winners

Summary: HP's first 13-inch consumer laptop, the Pavilion dv3510nr, is getting good grades, including an Editors' Choice award from CNET.com.

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HP Pavilion dv3510nrHP's first 13-inch consumer laptop, the Pavilion dv3510nr, is getting good grades, including an Editors' Choice award from CNET.com.

The Pavilion dv3510nr is one of two Blue Label notebooks--the other is the Toshiba Satellite e105-s140--which are not only sold exclusively at Best Buy, but were also designed based on feedback from the retailer's customers. According to Best Buy customers are looking for a decent-size display in a thin and lightweight laptop, a backlit keyboard and a standard two-year warranty.

The $1,099 Pavilion dv3510nr has a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display (1,280x800), 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350, 4GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics with 512MB, a 320GB hard drive, a DVD burner and the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Premium SP1. Extras include a 6-cell battery that doesn't stick out of the case like most extended batteries, the backlit keyboard, media controls, a remote control, and HDMI and eSATA ports.

Throw in solid performance and CNET's Matt Elliott writes that the "sleek-yet-loaded 13-inch laptop deserves a blue ribbon, too, for its all-around excellence and value." Laptop Magazine liked "the sleek and powerful 13-inch laptop" as well, but wasn't as impressed with the battery life even though they both got nearly identical scores (3 hours, 41 minutes on LaptopMag's tests versus 3 hours, 31 minutes on CNET's benchmarks). Reviewer Michael Prospero also noted that the Satellite e105-s140 has longer battery life and a larger display (14 inches) for about the same price, though it doesn't match the style or, with its Intel integrated graphics, the performance of the Pavilion dv3510nr.

Either way, it looks like Best Buy and its hardware partners are off to a strong start with the Blue Label program.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • great specs

    They put what I would consider almost perfect specs in a nice mobile platform. They are obviously listening to consumers in these rigs. It's not the prettiest thing, but I'm not buying for looks.
    coffeeshark
  • RE: First laptops

    It doesn't seem like it but there IS a big difference when lugging around a 13.3 vs 14 inch laptop. I've had both and prefer the 13.3 inch display since you don't lose much readability but is much, much easier to carry around. Integrated graphics are a waste on anything over $399 especially with Vista running.
    kd5auq
    • Integrated graphics

      Integrated graphics run Vista (with Aero enabled) just fine on my laptop!
      dprozzo
  • Wrong post

    .
    dprozzo
  • Why?

    WHY nobody has ever put a cellphone, a VOICE, into a laptop, or netbook ?!?
    Is it because I claim a patent royality rights to this potentially hugely lucrative idea?
    Just, "call my laptop" ! ..and thats it. WHY do we need a separate cellphone?
    thanks.
    Petr Buben
    petrusa001
    • Kind of ridiculous...

      Most people these days want smaller cell phones. Don't you think you'd look a little ridiculous with a netbook at your ear?
      Comnenus
      • laptop bookphone

        1. you would talk aloud.
        if not only to get away from potentially somewhat harming cell phone electromagnetic radiatoin /namely young people/
        2. or connect via Bluetooth remotely
        3. or connect via a wire

        A lot of people carry around a laptop or netbook. Then there'd be no need for a cellphone.
        petrusa001
        • Exactly

          Plus you would have net connectivity when not near a hotspot without having to include another device.
          Nihon8888
        • laptop as phone

          Why not just use Skype or something similar?
          raelalt
          • Why not?

            Becouse it's implemented using a non compatible protocoll for Internet telephone.
            Jxn
  • Completely useless...

    ...unless they'll pre-load Linux, which I don't think they will.
    Henry Miller
    • Re: Completely useless ...

      very true... a crap load of useless people, who are living in a useless world are buying a useless laptop designed by a useless company and sold by a useless shop
      mKind
      • Whoa...

        Sarcasm, I hope? And why is it useless w/o Linux?
        skatersev
    • New Store

      I heard you got the new store in laredo
      Rafemigar
  • Too expensive?

    Doesn't anyone else think $1,099 is way too much? If I had that money I'd get a high-end Dell or MacBook.
    TonyF2013
  • RE: First laptops

    why would they preload a os that does not have main steam support or apps..
    rparker009
    • RE: First laptops

      Or why not load nothing on to it and let the customer decide which OS to load..
      hasta la Vista, bah-bie
  • RE: First laptops

    Remove the Windows stuff and costs and give me an Ubuntu 8.10 CD.
    Update victim
  • Lame

    These laptops remind me of "The Homer" when Homer Simpson tries to design a car and produces a monstrosity which sends his brothers business bankrupt.

    These things are lame.
    The combined spec must have been something like "I want the most boring laptop design you can think of, with no innovation, just cobble together lots of your old pieces of junk, ohhh, and can you put a light in the keyboard?"

    The things of interest to me in a portable computing device, are, how big is the screen, how easy can i input and retrieve information, how long can I go without plugging it in to a power supply, and cost.

    So how about an iLaptop? Touch sceen device that rolls or folds out to a full 17 inch high resultion display, on screen keyboard that you type on (when needed) otherwise get out the way .. 24 hour battery life, all for under 500.
    gazzacl
    • iLaptop

      "So how about an iLaptop? Touch sceen device that rolls or folds out to a full 17 inch high resultion display, on screen keyboard that you type on (when needed) otherwise get out the way .. 24 hour battery life, all for under 500."
      .
      I'll get right on it, once those monkeys fly out of my a$$.
      raelalt