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Summary

Our Score

9/10

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Elsewhere on the HDX, there are plenty of nice touches. Take the trackpad, which is neatly integrated into the surface of the notebook and outlined by small dimples and a slight dip downward. It's a lovely aesthetic touch and it's great to use too, as is the media remote that's housed in the chassis to the left of the keyboard.

If the remote doesn't suit your needs there's what HP call the 'Media Console', the general name for the collection of touch sensitive media controls just above the keyboard. These cover pretty much everything you're likely to need, including shortcuts to HP's QuickPlay media software, playback controls, volume control and even Bass and Treble level control too. There's even a Fingerprint reader, which is always a welcome addition.

Digging a little deeper, the HDX9095EA is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, which has a clock speed of 2.2GHz, 4MB L2 Cache and an 800MHz front-side bus. This is backed up by the obligatory 2GB 667MHz DDR2 RAM, while storage totals 400GB thanks to two 4200rpm 200GB SATA drives. In truth it would be nice to see faster drives in there, but you're getting plenty of space so it's an acceptable trade off.

As mentioned previously there's an HD DVD drive too, though there's no recording ability as on the Qosmio. As such, you'll have to settle for dual-layer DVD+/-RW capability and that should suffice for most people's needs. Adding to the multimedia credentials is a Hybrid DVB-T and Analogue TV Tuner, while predictably there's an HDMI port on hand for hooking this all up to your TV. Network connectivity is good, though not perfect. There's no Gigabit Ethernet, just 10/100, however Intel 4965AGN Draft-N Wi-Fi does make it, as does Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate).

Graphics come courtesy of an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT, with 256MB of dedicated video memory to call on. This is a DX10 card, though it's a mid-range part so don't go expecting gut busting performance - compromises are required. Still, in this regard the 1,680 x 1,050 native resolution is quite forgiving, so you'll be able to push the effects further than with a 1,920 x 1,200 display.

Other features include a 1.3 Megapixel camera, which sits just above the display and is flanked by integrated microphones either side. Praise must also be reserved for the integrated speakers, with four front facing drivers and a Bass Reflex Subwoofer underneath the notebook. Though not quite as good as those on the Qosmio they're nonetheless above average, producing decent highs and lows, a warm mid-range and a convincing soundscape. If there's a criticism to be made it's the lack of Dolby Home Theatre, which was featured in the Qosmio and is quite an attractive suite of technologies for a notebook with multimedia pretensions.

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