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HP revamps home notebooks with Centrino 2

updated 04:00 am EDT, Tue June 10, 2008

HP Pav Notebooks June 2008

HP today gave virtually all its notebook line both a cosmetic and performance update, including some of the first Centrino 2-based notebooks. The Pavilion series is now said to have a subtler look with displays that are flush with the bezel, silver-on-silver insides, and a new Imprint finish on the outside. The Intel-based systems use their new notebook platform to supply both faster Core 2 processors as well as faster X4500 graphics on systems that go without dedicated video hardware, while a similar match uses the platform behind the Turion Ultra platform. Improved touch-sensitive media controls and an External SATA port are common across most systems, HP notes.

The new models are split into the 14-inch dv4, 15.4-inch dv5, and 17-inch dv7 series, each of which has both AMD- and Intel-based versions. The dv4 effectively replaces the dv2000 and includes a new accessible drive bay where the optical drive can be replaced by a filler to save weight; it also gains the option of an LED-backlit display and starts with at least a 120GB hard drive as well as the option of either newer NVIDIA GeForce or ATI Radeon HD dedicated video depending on the choice of a Core 2, Turion X2, or Athlon X2 processor.

The dv5 drops the expansion bay in favor of its larger, lower-cost design and has the option of high-color LCDs while keeping all the same graphics and processor choices. At the top of the range, the dv7 lifts the minimum spec to include a 160GB hard drive as well as dedicated video either from a GeForce chipset (again for Intel systems) or a Radeon HD 3200 (for AMD variants). A built-in subwoofer or TV tuner are options for those using the dv7 as a desktop replacement.

A fourth Pavilion, the tx2500z, provides the faster AMD platform to HP's 12-inch convertible tablet and starts out with a 160GB hard disk as well as the updated Radeon HD 3200 video.

Three extra AMD-based notebooks fill out the budget Compaq range. The 14-inch CQ40 and CQ45 help bring some features of higher-end systems to the mainstream; the CQ45 adds a built-in TV tuner as well as the option of dedicated graphics that often goes missing in base systems. At 15.4 inches, the CQ50 is the most accessible and the most detailed by HP for the launch: it starts with either an AMD Sempron or Turion chip and uses NVIDIA's 8200M G integrated graphics.

HP is staggering the launch of the systems. The dv5t (Intel) and dv5z (AMD), the dv4t, and the dv7t will be available alongside the CQ50 for a release later this month at prices of $899, $699, $999, $1,229, and $499 respectively. The dv7z arrives in July for $949, while the dv4z appears last in September for $799. The CQ40 and CQ45 aren't given fixed ship dates.

From left to right: Pavilion dv4, dv7, dv5

Pavilion dv7

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