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Mammoth notebook will ship with a 2.4GHz Core 2 processor, 4GB of memory and 400GB of storage space

Yesterday morning, DailyTech brought you word of HP's mammoth Pavilion HDX 20.1" notebook. Details were light on the new offering from HP, but leaked images shows the notebook from numerous angles.

Today, we have official confirmation of the Pavilion HDX which also goes by the name "The Dragon." The notebook packs in a WSXGA+ screen resolution on its 20.1" BrightView display. That display is powered by an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics processor with 256MB of dedicated video memory. An Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 processor provides the heart of the system along with 4GB of DDR2 memory. On the storage side of things, 400GB of storage is provided via two 4200RPM 200GB SATA HDDs. The optical drive used in the Pavilion HDX is an HD DVD unit with DL DVD+-RW capabilities.

On the multimedia side of things, an HP HDTV Hybrid TV tuner is included along with HP's Mobile Remote. As mentioned on Monday, the Pavilion HDX features four Altec Lansing speakers and an HP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer.

Other features include the Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN Draft-N network adapter, 5-in-1 media reader, four USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port, one eSATA port and a FireWire port.

The 15.5 pound notebook measures 18.7" x 13.4" x 2.3 inches and will ship with Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit. There is no word on pricing or availability, but expect to pay an arm and a leg for it.

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Designed by Voodoo? - No Way!
By cheetah2k on 5/8/07, Rating: 0
RE: Designed by Voodoo? - No Way!
By Dactyl on 5/9/2007 12:35:56 AM , Rating: 5
They use SXGA+ rather than WUXGA so they can avoid putting in a top-notch graphics card.

This is a compromise laptop. It's got HD-DVD but not 1080p. It's got a graphics card, but not a very good one. It's got a big screen, but low resolution. It's got a lot of HDD space, but only 4200 RPM. It's trying to be a lot of different things, and it's doing none of them very well. 4GB of memory but only a dual-core processor (what will you get, 1 extra fps with the extra memory?)

If I was Rahul Sood, I wouldn't put Voodoo's name on this.

RE: Designed by Voodoo? - No Way!
By ATC on 5/9/2007 1:36:45 AM , Rating: 1
I couldn't have said it better myself.

By ricera10 on 5/9/2007 1:39:30 AM , Rating: 2
It could also be due to the fact that the vast majority of 20" panels on the market are WSXGA+ and that the go 8800 cards won't come until later this year. Though, what were they thinking with the 4,200 RPM drives? Why not use the new 7,200 RPM Seagates...

By dcalfine on 5/9/2007 7:15:38 AM , Rating: 2
I do indeed think that Rahul Sood deserves a fair amount of credit for this, but I don't think the VoodooPC name does. Most (if not all) Voodoo laptops are Clevo-based, whereas this new thing is a completely new concept designed by the well-funded R&D team at HP.

RE: Designed by Voodoo? - No Way!
By TomZ on 5/9/2007 12:05:21 PM , Rating: 1
I agree - lots of shortcomings in this model. This laptop will be a great buy for the uninformed. Fortunately for HP, that means it will be fine for most of their customers.

By blazeoptimus on 5/9/2007 12:34:10 PM , Rating: 2
Why they used a Mid-range video card in a mammoth case, I have no idea. That being said, the 2600xt "should" be able to handle 1080P. 3D rendering(games) Probably wouldn't be so hot, but video content should be ok. I wouldn't swear on it, but a number of current and previous generation mid-range cards can do 1080P (such as the 7600GT). This to me begs the question as to why they didnt go the full 1920x1080? Maybe its an add-in option later? The 200Gig 4200rpm drives are the largest most readily available laptop drive, so that didn't seem to out of the ordinary to me. It wouldn't be my pick, I would prefer the speed over the space, but to each his own. I also take issue with calling something like this a notebook. The term portable computer would seem to be more appropriate due to its large size. By the specs I would say they tried to appeal to the masses as well as the gaming crowd and came up with a machine thats full of compromise instead of focus.

RE: Designed by Voodoo? - No Way!
By dever on 5/10/2007 5:25:18 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not familiar with buying an HP laptop online, but don't they offer upgrade paths for the various components like Dell?

By Thmstec on 5/8/2007 11:21:12 PM , Rating: 2
Is it just me, or does anyone else think this would be better if it were simply sold as the VoodooPC that it is. No offense inteneded to anyone, but this is the ulitmate in over-indulgence that no HP customer will buy. Its like Volkswagon taking a lambo, and putting VW badges on it, then trying to sell it.

I See it like this:
1. Buy VoodooPC
2. Have them design an HP branded notebook
3. ???

RE: ?
By retrospooty on 5/8/2007 11:49:52 PM , Rating: 3
This is more likely an HP design to counter the Dell XPS M2010 that has been out for about a year.

RE: ?
By otispunkmeyer on 5/9/2007 3:52:47 AM , Rating: 2
and with its mobility X1800 (which it had at the start i think) i dare say its graphics are more potent too

Kill me now...
By quiksilv3r on 5/9/2007 12:26:33 AM , Rating: 3
400 GB of HDD Space at 4200 RPM....might as well slit my wrists.

RE: Kill me now...
By Locutus465 on 5/9/2007 12:39:52 AM , Rating: 2
I suppose I'm not the only one that read that 4200RPM figure and thought that they were making the wrong tradeoffs... Particularly since I'm sure most of these machines will run Vista, 4200RPM seems like a poor choice. Personally, I'd sacrafice some of that storage (heck, a whole hard drive) to get 7200RPM's (there are always external drives and LANs).

RE: Kill me now...
By ATC on 5/9/2007 1:31:54 AM , Rating: 1
why oh why would they use 4200rpm drive in this 'gaming' machine? "Kill me now" is right.

RE: Kill me now...
By ATC on 5/9/07, Rating: 0
By Cygni on 5/9/2007 12:55:56 AM , Rating: 2
Looks ALOT like the new gen imac to me... but barely more portable and less powerful.

RE: imac
By Visual on 5/9/2007 4:36:56 AM , Rating: 1
Are you on crack? You couldn't play even Tetris on an iMac if it was some 3D version...

RE: imac
By Wolfpup on 5/9/2007 11:58:13 AM , Rating: 2
Huh? The iMac's all have GPUs. I think they currently top out with a Geforce 7600GT, but still, that's usable.

Not worth it... customer support sucks!
By Eurasianman on 5/9/2007 9:30:26 AM , Rating: 3
Yea... I sent my g/f's laptop in to get repaired just to recieve it back with deep cuts on the back of the monitor screen (like someone took a razor blade and decided to see if it could penetrate the casing). Customer support has been lousy and not well educated!!!

Because of HP support, it is not worth to buy a laptop (including this one) unless you're willing to wait countless days just to get your computer issues resolved! Beware! One technician will tell you that they can do something and then the case manager will come in and tell you that it doesn't matter what the first guy said. That since he's the "case manager", everything he says is what is true...



By mxzrider2 on 5/9/2007 7:05:41 PM , Rating: 2
never had that much of a problem with hp. treated me fairly well. called them when i broke 2 key retainers on my v6000 compaq and they wanted to send me some but they were out. been out forever though and every time i call back they are out. but they treated me well and i could understand the person behind the phone cuZ they were from texas. unlike like the ones from dell who (no offense) cant speak my language.

In other news........
By marvdmartian on 5/9/2007 10:49:06 AM , Rating: 3
.....Dell has announced plans to build a new 30" widescreen notebook computer, called the Dell Behemoth 5000. It will include two quad-core cpus, 16gb of ram, twin 8800 Nvidea graphics cards set up in SLI, a 2 terabyte hard drive, and an optical drive that can play and burn both HD-DVD and BlueRay disks. You'll be able to receive over-the-air and satellite provided 1080p HD broadcasts, as well as chat with your friends using your high definition webcam. Wireless connectivity is provided with a new technology terabit wireless system that Dell is bringing to the market, which will give 10MB/sec speed. Powering this monster laptop will be a 48 cell battery, that will give approximately 4 hours of cord-free enjoyment!!

Of course, all this comes at a price. Dell is expected to charge consumers approximately US$25,000.00 for this machine, plus shipping. The weight is expected to be a hefty 57 pounds!!

By Cullinaire on 5/8/2007 11:07:08 PM , Rating: 2
"Whoa, big!"
-Metal Slug announcer

No dice
By dagamer34 on 5/9/2007 1:35:55 AM , Rating: 2
I'm wondering why there's even a market for 20.1" laptops, even if their battery life is non-existant. People who buy these behemoths need to stop mindlessly spending cash and get a normal desktop like the rest of the LAN party-goers. Your rig doesn't matter if you get owned at *insert latest FPS here*, you know?

global warming
By exdeath on 5/9/2007 3:52:16 AM , Rating: 1
Oh noes, excessive screen size! Nobody needs a screen that big, it's irresponsible and causes global warming. We need a ban on any notebook with screens larger than 10.1" and less than 20 hours of battery life per charge!

*rolls eyes*

RE: global warming
By FITCamaro on 5/9/2007 8:40:13 AM , Rating: 1
Well for a laptop a 20.1" screen is a tad big. I mean portability isn't there at that size. I think the 17" widescreens we have now for laptops are plenty big. I have 15.4" UXGA screen on my laptop and its plenty big.

I agree with people that whats the point of throwing a top notch processor, a ton of RAM, and a brand new plenty capable graphics card in it when you're going to cripple it with 4200 rpm hard drives? Even in RAID 0 they're still going to suck. If its for the heat at least stick 5400 rpm drives in it. 4200 rpm drives are for small, thin laptops where performance isn't the point (personally I wouldn't use a laptop with 4200 rpm drives).

By Goo on 5/9/2007 9:53:00 AM , Rating: 2
No bluetooth?

How powerful is that GPU?
By Wolfpup on 5/9/2007 12:06:49 PM , Rating: 2
Is that ATi's (hypothetical, not even paper launched yet) mid range part? If so, that's not too bad, I guess.

This thing looks promising to me, if the price isn't too bad.

When I get my notebook, I intend to mostly use it hooked up to another monitor (using the built-in screen as the secondary display)...although if I got this thing I might use the built-in display as the primary.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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