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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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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?

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