Big and Hefty
HP's Pavilion HDX Entertainment Notebook is gargantuan, measuring 18.7 by 13.4 by 2.3 inches (width by depth by height) and weighing a whopping 15.5 pounds. As such, the HDX can pack a 20.1-inch wide-screen display and a roomy 101-key keyboard. The notebook will ship in mid- to late July, with a starting price of $2999. A fully tricked-out model, such as the one pictured here, will cost between $4000 and $4500. This model has 200GB of storage (achieved with two 100GB 7200-rpm hard drives), 4GB of memory, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics with 256MB of dedicated video memory, a hybrid NTSC/ATSC TV tuner, and an HD DVD-ROM drive.
Here is the notebook as seen from the rear; the silver support in the center serves as a kickstand for the adjustable, 20.1-inch, WSXGA+ (1680 by 1050 resolution) High-Definition HP Ultra Brightview Widescreen Display screen.
The 20.1-inch display is mounted on a hinged support, so you can adjust the display's angle from straight to a more comfortably viewed incline.
At the top of the screen, HP integrates a swiveling 640-by-480-resolution Webcam. Flanking it is a dual-array microphone.
The HDX Entertainment Notebook's Front View
Beneath the stylishly textured and seamlessly integrated touchpad, the notebook sports a handy microphone jack and dual-headphone inputs.
Classy Keypad Design
Above the keyboard, the HDX has an array of backlit capacitive touch soft-keys, for launching shortcuts, controlling media playback, activating the integrated wireless antenna (for 802.11a/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0), and adjusting volume, treble, and bass.
Biometrics: Open, Sesame
Like many notebooks today, HP's HDX provides an integrated fingerprint reader for easy access to the PC and to online accounts.
Pop-Out Media Remote
Inset to the left of the keyboard is HP's pop-out remote control. The remote handles all media-playback functions, and works either independently or while docked in the notebook.
Media Remote Functions
The media remote includes navigation and playback controls, as well as a Windows Vista Media Center button.
View Movies in High-Def
The right side of the notebook has two convenient USB 2.0 ports, plus a combination optical drive for playing HD DVD-ROMs and burning CDs and DVDs.
An Array of Ports, Part I
The HP HDX's rear ports include (from left to right) a line-in port, an IR emitter input, an S-Video input, and a coaxial video input.
An Array of Ports, Part II
Also on the rear of the HP HDX is a set of 1/8-inch analog speaker outputs, consisting of (from left to right) side, rear, center/subwoofer, and front connections.
The left side of the notebook features (from left to right) two USB ports, a gigabit ethernet port, an expansion port, and a VGA port.
Ports Aplenty, Redux
The left side of the notebook is packed with ports. In addition to the connections shown in the previous slide, it has (from left to right) an HDMI input, an External SATA input, a four-pin FireWire 400 input, a media card slot (for reading SD Card, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD-Picture Card), and an ExpressCard/54 slot.
The HDX uses integrated audio to achieve 7.1-channel analog sound output. If you don't want to connect external speakers, you'll find that the four built-in Altec Lansing speakers and the integrated HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer (shown here on the underside of the unit) do nicely.
Made for Lugging
Not only is the HDX itself a behemoth, but so too is the notebook's bricklike power pack.
Even the Battery Is Large
The HP HDX Entertainment Notebook comes with a hefty, 1.1-pound, nine-cell lithium ion battery.