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HP HDX18 notebook – A Review

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Review of HP HDX18 Notebook

HDX18 notebook is a powerful notebook if you include the option of 2.8 GHz processor. It will however cost you close to $2000 in its configuration with T9600 processor ( Core 2 Duo , 2.8 GHz). But the main reason you may want to buy this one is its big 18 inch display. You may like to configure it for 3GBytes memory for optimum performance to price ratio.

Let us take a look at some broad specification of this notebook

Specifications

* Operating System – Windows Visa Home Premium
* Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz ( in base configuration)
* 250GB hard drive (5200 rpm in base configuration)
* Chipset Mobile Intel P45 Express
* 2GB DDR2-800Mhz ( in base configuration)
* Windows Vista Premium
* 18.4″ display
* Weight: 9 lbs.
* Weight with AC Adapter: 9 lbs.

Processor

The HDX18 has a Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 2.8GHz processor. This with 3GB Momory is good enough for most of your needs. You have the option of choosing processor speeds 2.26 GHz , 2.4GHz, 2.53 GHz or 2.8 GHz.The Base configuration that costs $1399 from HP direct will have a price tag of $1399. You will have to add $50 for 2.4 GHz, $150 for 2.53 GHz and $400 for 2.8 GHz processor. HP is also offering 2.53 GHz quad processor (QX9300) at an additional price tag of $950 over the base price. You should choose the processor just good enough for your task.

Memory

The base HDX18 comes with 2 GBytes of DDR2 memory. You may upgrade it to 3GByte at at additional cost of $50. If you want to upgrade it to 4 G Bytes it will be $150 extra over the base price. Obviously 3 G Bytes makes the best bet unless you want some gaming of compiling power needs.

Battery Life

Under normal surfing conditions, this notebook will last 2 hours and 15 minutes with video playback. This is normal with a 18.4 inch LCD display and the 8 cell Li Ion battery.

Screen

HDX18 has a Big and Wide display. There are very few laptops that come with 18 inch diagonal screen size. This HP Notebook comes with 18.4 inch laptop and on the top of it has a wide aspect ratio of 16:9. This is perfect if you want to see a movie. Most notebooks have 16:10 aspect ratio. If you watch a movie on a normal screen, you will find a blank on the top of and bottom of the screen. This affectively means that a portion of the LCD screen stands unutilized. Mathematically speaking 10% of the area of normal display is unutilized when watching movie.

So, if you do want to see movie on this laptop, it becomes a more compelling reason to buy this. The notebook has a resolution of 1920×1080. It means that, if you want to see a Blu-Ray disc or an HD content it is perfect for that.

Speakers

The notebook has speakers with subwoofer. The sound quality is accepatbly good for movie watching. A headphone or an external surround system will definitely provide a better sound experience.

Ports

HDX18 has VGA-Out as well as the HDMI. Most of the entertainment notebooks today have HDMI port. This notebook also has 4 USB 2.0, mini FireWire, SD card reader and eSATA port.It also includes modem, Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This pretty much covers almost everything that is needed.

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