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HP Pavilion dv2600  (Source: Notebook Italia)
HP and Compaq unleash a flood of new notebooks

Notebook Italia is famous for leaking upcoming notebooks ahead of their official launch and today is no exception. The site is overflowing with information on new notebooks product lines from HP and Compaq.

The Pavilion dv2600, dv6600 and dv9600 notebooks represent 14.1" (WXGA), 15.4" (WXGA) and 17" (WXGA+ or WSXGA) screen sizes respectively. The Pavilion dv2600 series is only available with Intel Core 2 Duo processors and can be equipped with Intel GMA X3100 or NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS graphics solutions.

Stepping up to the dv6600 gives users the choice of Celeron, Core 2 Duo, Sempron, Turion or Athlon 64 X2 processors depending on the model selected. Graphics options include the Intel GMA X3100, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M or GeForce 7100M.

The dv9600 series of notebooks, like its smaller dv6600 sibling, can be had with both AMD and Intel power. The dv9600 also gains one more graphics option over the dv6600: the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS. Due to its bulk, the dv9600 also can accommodate dual hard drives up to a maximum of 500GB (2 x 250GB).

All Pavilion dvXXXX models can be equipped with numerous WiFi and Bluetooth chipsets from Intel and Broadcom, and all feature Altec Lansing speakers and HDMI connectivity.

HP's Pavilion tx1300 is an AMD-only notebook featuring the NVIDIA C51M chipset paired up with the MCP51 southbridge. The notebook features a 12.1" (WXGA) display, NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 graphics, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth.

Finally, there are new budget 15.4" (WSXGA) models in the form of the HP G7000 (Compaq Presario C700) and HP G6000 (Compaq Presario C500). The G7000 and G6000 share similar feature sets, but the former goes for Intel/X3100 while the latter goes for AMD/GeForce Go 6100 for the processor/GPU.

According to Notebook Italia, all of HP's new notebooks will be officially unveiled this Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum. Stay tuned for DailyTech's live coverage from the show.



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So big
By quiksilv3r on 9/17/2007 12:16:25 AM , Rating: 3
So many big laptops. I'm personally hoping that companies decide to go with smaller solutions like 11.1-13.3 with either WXGA or WSXGA. But..that doesn't seem likely to happen.




RE: So big
By MGSsancho on 9/17/2007 1:18:53 AM , Rating: 2
some vaios are. but they start at $1700USD and about $2400 for a good laptop. they make them. but the price isnt cheap for compact tech


RE: So big
By feelingshorter on 9/17/2007 4:32:15 AM , Rating: 2
You can get the new laptop series from toshiba thats comming out called the protege i believe, and its thinner and cheaper than the sony ones. Either way, your still looking at the 2000 price range.


RE: So big
By kirbalo on 9/17/2007 7:49:24 AM , Rating: 2
I couldn't agree more...the 13.3 screen size seems to be the perfect trade-off for readability vs. transportability. A 15.4' Laptop is a Big laptop to carry around and I laugh at the 17" as anything more than a desktop that you can "stow" away when not in use. Though, it seems that everyone will snatch up a 15.4 if the price is right...and with all the Sub $750 prices I see for very well outfitted 15.4", I don't think that 13.3" will become any more available than the few that are already out there.


RE: So big
By DeepBlue1975 on 9/17/2007 9:42:04 AM , Rating: 2
The cheaper ones seem to be the 15" models.

I agree completely about the fact that a 17" notebook is a joke in the portability department.

I personally like the UMPC size, but their steep price PLUS poor functionality and performance PLUS format issues keeps me off them.
The soon-coming fujitsu with a 5" screen and a qwerty keyboard looks very promising, though.


RE: So big
By FrankM on 9/17/2007 8:55:21 AM , Rating: 2
Me too, I'm waiting for smaller laptops to become more affordable. I also hope Asus' Eee 2nd generation will deliver.

Besides the expensive ones (Sony, Toshiba, Dell, etc), MSI also has a value-series 13.3" notebook, VR330 and VR320, albeit with integrated graphics only


RE: So big
By FangedRabbit on 9/17/2007 11:43:52 AM , Rating: 2
Yuop. I used to want a 17" until I saw it in person...what an abomination. Right now I have a 14.1" widescreen and love it. It's large enough to be very usable, but small enough to be light and portable. I would never dream of anything bigger, but that's because I need the portability.


RE: So big
By DudemanX on 9/17/2007 12:20:18 PM , Rating: 2
Check out http://www.averatec.com/

They make some decent 12-13inch notebooks at around the $1000 mark.


I like HP, but......
By cheetah2k on 9/17/2007 1:38:26 AM , Rating: 2
I've been a HP fan for quite some time. However I have been disappointed in they way HP is heading with GFX options and also the lack of XP compatibility.

After 8 months, I just recently upgraded from my trusty DV9005TX to the new top of the line DV9506TX with the 8600 GS video. My first disappointment comes in that Dell is selling an equivalent Inspiron 1720 cheaper (and albeit without HDMi and dual Hard Drives) and with the 8600 GT video card. The 8600 GS just doesnt cut it, and i feel stumped that i lost a lot on my old DV9005TX, when the GO 7600 with 512mb video card did a similar job to the 8600 GS..

So.. While I was a bit angry with video performance, having Vista forced down my throat was the last straw, I figured I'd give it a go (after all the PC was a 2.2ghz T7500, and i had 4gb of DDR2 RAM).. After 48 hrs of hair pulling with HD access all the time (even with 4GB of memory installed and a Readyboost drive), and Indexing turned off causing havoc with everything, I decided the only way out was to install XP Pro, over the Vista Home Premium..

Then disaster.. For the love of God, HP had no XP drivers on their website.

Well, 2 hrs of internet searching, and i found a few forums where people had got it working, borrowing drivers from other HP laptops, and the like. But still, i have no software for my finger print scanner, and the webcam is quite dodgy, but at least it works and plays BF2142 much faster than Vista.

At the end of the day, this sort of stuff really disappoints me - Why HP are you locking us all into Vista? and why no driver support for XP? Please tell me why..




RE: I like HP, but......
By ultravy on 9/17/2007 5:21:14 AM , Rating: 2
Because they force us to buy Vista!


RE: I like HP, but......
By iFX on 9/17/2007 8:42:02 AM , Rating: 2
No one is forcing you to buy anything.


RE: I like HP, but......
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/17/2007 8:54:56 AM , Rating: 1
Because people try to tweak Vista the same way they Tweaked XP thinking they are "super techies" and end up hosing their Vista system and then crying it doesn't go as fast as XP. My 2GB HP Laptop with an X1300 gfx card can play BF2142 respectably using Vista. If I want to dominate then I roll over to my Vista-64 Desktop with 4Gigs of Ram and proceed to whoop ass.

Case in point, don't blame Vista for your mistakes.


RE: I like HP, but......
By cheetah2k on 9/17/2007 10:24:04 AM , Rating: 1
Who said i was blaming Vista?

Case and point, not all of us are on the M$ payroll like you Master Kenobi


RE: I like HP, but......
By cheetah2k on 9/17/2007 10:45:27 AM , Rating: 2
And.....

Anyone wanting the Ultimate Guide to upgrading your DV6500 or DV9500 series to XP, this is it!

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=1...

I strictly followed this guide, and trust me it works. No crying here folks, you dont even have to be a "Super Techie" like MasterBtr Kenobi ;-p

In any case, if i want to "dominate", i certainly dont roll over to my Vista 64 and 4Gigs... heheh


damn
By Visual on 9/17/2007 5:44:13 AM , Rating: 2
still no good tablet convertible...




RE: damn
By Chadder007 on 9/17/2007 10:41:57 AM , Rating: 2
I guess you missed the TX1300. I like the TX1000, personally.


RE: damn
By GoodBytes on 9/17/2007 5:06:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but graphic card and SPECIALLY battery sucks.
And you have to press hard with the pen to make it work.

Would be nice if it has Wacom technology too.


Not a major change...
By daftrok on 9/17/2007 1:39:23 AM , Rating: 3
Unless they make it noticeably cheaper and include a 12 cell battery in the 17 inch notebook (and 8600 GT cards rather than GS) its not really a major change. That and they should include variety (a Blu-ray Drive to choose from rather than just HD DVD, I mean, they support both) and finally make a bump to 1920x1200 with LED backlighting... smiley face.




Already on some HP sites
By abakshi on 9/16/2007 11:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
HP already has a bunch of these up on some of their sites -- here's the Vietnam page:

dv2600:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/vn/en/ho/WF25a/1090...

dv2600 Special Edition:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/vn/en/ho/WF25a/1090...

dv9600:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/vn/en/ho/WF06a/1090...

tx1300:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/vn/en/ho/WF25a/1090...

Except for the dv6600's Special Edition with the new finish, it seems the difference for most of these "new" models is just a slight bump in available CPU's (e.g. up to 2.4 GHz on the dv9600 vs. 2.2 GHz for the current dv9500).




Dell M1330
By aguilpa1 on 9/17/2007 11:21:40 AM , Rating: 2
I got the M1330 2Ghz C2D, 2GB, 160GB, 8400GS for about $2,000. Great size good features, easy to carry. I found XP drivers for everything and now have it setup dual boot XP Pro and Vist U. Now if they could make a mobile 8800 series model I would be jealous.




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