With both AMD and Intel launching new mobile platforms this year, now seems as good a time as any to launch new notebook designs. Moreover, when you're the biggest notebook PC manufacturer in the world as HP is, it's an absolute necessity. Its response is a newly revamped Pavilion range, with new 14.1 (dv4), 15.4 (dv5) and 17 (dv7) inch chassis being unveiled today, along with a new selection of the value orientated Compaq Presarios - more on which later.
As you can see from the pictures the main difference between these and the previous range of Pavilions is a change of emphasis, with silver ‘chrome' effects coming in to complement the glossy black, which remains a feature of the lids along with HP's much celebrated Imprint designs.
We can expect to see a selection of configurations for all regions, likely using both Intel Montevina and AMD Puma platforms. Looking at the 14.in dv4 (above) first, new potential options include mobile broadband, integrated TV Tuners and Blu-ray drives - though doubtless these will come at significant premiums. They'll also be an option for a "mercury free" LED backlit screen. You can probably expect HDMI output mixed in with all the usual suspects and prices will start at £749 inc. VAT.
As for the 15.4in dv5 (above) it'll be available with discrete graphics options from both ATI and nVidia. Among other things you can expect both HDMI and eSATA connection options - eSATA seems to be becoming a new standard on many of HP's new notebook PCs. As with the dv4, prices will start at £749 inc. VAT
Finally, the 17in dv7s (above) feature, as with previous 17in machines, ‘full size' keyboard with numeric keypads. TV tuners and Blu-ray drives will also be available, though what screen resolutions might be available has not detailed. You can expect 1,440 x 900 as standard, but it would be nice if some Full HD capable 1,920 x 1,200 screens were available. Entry-level machines will be available from £849 inc. VAT.
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