HP Pops a Pair of Notebook Refreshes for Pre-CES

hdxdragon.jpgIt's an HP kind of night, apparently. The HDX Dragon, its beastly 20-inch gaming notebook, gets a shiny new gamer-worthy 1080p res screen: The world's "first 20.1-inch WUXGA XHD Ultra BrightView widescreen display." To pump all those pixels, the middling old GeForce Go 8000 video card is tossed in favour a 512MB 8800M GTS. Topping the HD goodness is Blu-ray or HD DVD player options.

tx2000.jpgNext up is the tx2000 Entertainment Notebook (really a tablet) which has a slight design change and skin (HP Echo), a rechargeable eraser pen, and a new 8-cell battery (up from options of 4- or 6- cell). The new Dragon config is available later this month from HP online starting at two grand, while the tx2000 starts at $US1300 and will be ready to go on Jan. 8 from HP online or March at other retailers.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3, 2008 - HP today introduced its latest consumer notebook PCs, adding to an already compelling lineup to meet the needs of consumers in this growing and evolving market.
Whether for students, casual gamers or content creators, the new notebook PCs are powerful entertainment systems that extend the limits of portable computing and push the boundaries of design.
The HP Pavilion tx2000 Series Entertainment Notebook PC is excellent for students, professionals and others that need a high-performance PC and frequently capture handwritten notes and drawings. The tx2000 optimizes handwriting capture and offers touch-screen capability with a 12.1-inch diagonal touch-screen display that rotates 180 degrees and folds flat as well as a built-in digitizer.
The high-gloss HP Echo Imprint Finish encases the elegant, curvilinear form of the notebook, providing a stunning design.
The HP Pavilion tx2000 also comes with HP QuickPlay software, offering a variety of entertainment options. Using the HP Webcam, integrated microphone and IM (instant messaging) solution of their choice, consumers can engage in live video chat with friends and family across the world.(1)
For an unrivaled home theater experience in a portable and affordable solution, the HP Pavilion HDX series Entertainment Notebook PC offers 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS video graphics and the latest Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme(2) and Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor technology,(3) giving it desktop-caliber performance. Now with Blu-ray and HD DVD support,(4) the HDX series plays high-definition DVD or Blu-ray movies on the world's first 20.1-inch diagonal WUXGA XHD Ultra Brightview display. HDX Integrated Audio provides a best-in-class audio experience with four discrete Altec Lansing speakers and the integrated HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer.
HP QuickPlay software makes it easy for consumers to use their HDX series PC to view photos, as a television to access live or recorded TV, or as a karaoke machine to entertain friends and family. People can also watch, pause, rewind and record live TV with the integrated HP Digital + Analog Hybrid TV Tuner.(5) Other features in the HDX series PC include a mobile full-function remote control, dual hard disk drives for more storage and an eSata port for high-speed data transfer.
More information regarding both notebook PCs and HP's presence at the 2008 International CES is available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/CES2008.
Pricing and availability
The HP Pavilion HDX series Entertainment Notebook PC is available for an estimated U.S. street price of $1,999.99, depending on configuration ordered. The HP Pavilion tx2000 series Notebook PC is available for an estimated U.S. street price of $1,299, depending on configuration ordered.(6)
The HDX is planned to be available direct from HP via www.hpshopping.com or at retail outlets nationwide starting this month. The tx2000 is planned to be available by Jan. 8 via www.hpshopping.com or at retail outlets nationwide in March.