Gallery: Best Buy-designed HP and Toshiba notebooks

Gallery: Best Buy-designed HP and Toshiba notebooks

Summary: Best Buy collaborated with HP and Toshiba to build notebooks based on customer input. And, based on the first reviews, they did a great job.


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  • In a notebook, Best Buy customers say they are looking for a decent-size display in a thin and lightweight laptop, a backlit keyboard and a standard two-year warranty. And HP and Toshiba have come up with top-notch designs based on the specs - an "Editor's Choice" according to CNET.

    The $1,099 Pavilion dv3510nr has a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display (1,280×800), 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.

    Photo credits: Best Buy

  • Color didn't appear to be a major consideration. The laptop is 12.6-inches by 8.9-inches. It weighs 4.9 pounds.

  • DVD burner on the right. CNET's Matt Elliott writes that the "sleek-yet-loaded 13-inch laptop deserves a blue ribbon."

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Pretty Decent Specs!

    For 1,099 it?s a winner!
  • Can you tell me 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?
    Petr Buben
    • I did-- 23 years ago!

      Because laptops already do voice and video chat for free, and Skype links this to phone networks, the VOIP technology is already there. It makes far more sense to imbue cell phones with the capabilities of a laptop-- ala iPhone/RIM Storm/T-Mobile Android and so on.

      Back in the days before laptops (1985), I was involved in a project to design a "briefcase computer"- which, at the time, was a revolutionary idea for the public. The unit contained a computer, keyboard, display, fax, printer and a cell phone, which was all new technology at the time. Our closest competitor was the somewhat portable IBM 5150. We made a very expensive (and heavy) prototype, but it all worked.

      The problem then was cost. There weren't many people at the time who really needed all that in one box, and we couldn't get the capital for mass-production. I found out years later that the CIA already had briefcases like this long before we did.
      • HP had a similar device...

        ...called the Integral PC, a fully contained HP-UX box that was sold by the thousands to insurance companies. It had a built in printer and modem, and one customer I know of included a phone in the bag so that the user would connect the phone to the Integral PC and the computer to a phone jack. I believe they used the phone to dial into a central computer centre and once they had authenticated verbally with a human at the other end they would then be able to transfer data (or the guy may have been pulling my leg, I never knew for sure). This was around 1992, and they where pretty old by then (at least 5 or 6 years old) and the customer wanted us to help them find a replacement. Unfortunately there wasn't anything that was a direct replacement and the customer was pretty frustrated. They had over 5000 of them.
        On a similar topic, despite NEC being generally referred to as the inventor of the laptop in 1987, HP had a "laptop" MS-DOS machine as far back as late 1983 called the HP Portable 110. I had a Portable Plus which I got around 1988 and it was still in use by my sister's family a couple of years ago.