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HP HDX 18t Premium Series 18" Notebook Review
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Date: May 19, 2009
Section:Mobile
Author: Dave Altavilla
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HP HDX 18t Premium Series 18" Notebook Review


Synopsis:  HP's HDX 18t Premium Series Notebook is a mammoth 18" desktop replacement machine with a wealth of multimedia-targeted features and capabilities on board. With a stylish, glossy exterior, large keyboard area with touch-sensitive illuminated buttons, a TV tuner and remote control, this machine screams Media Center PC. It has a fair bit of gaming under the hood as well, with NVIDIA's GeForce 9600M GT powering its graphics subsystem.  It's a well-rounded machine at a fair price ($1599 as tested), that will serve a multitude of usage scenarios for the family or power user with perhaps the exception of hardcore gaming solely focused on frame rate.  All told we think the HP HDX 18t is a solid value for the money, is well built and specified and with stylish good looks, will dress up the coffee table quite nicely.

   

   

HP HDX 18t Premium Series Notebook
Specifications and Features

  • 18-inch, 16:9 ratio LCD, 1920X1080p native resolution
  • 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9600
  • Intel Mobile Series 4 Chipset (PM45 with ICH9M I/O Controller Hub)
  • Intel Centrino 2 Platform Technology
  • 4GB DDR2-800 System Memory (CL6)
  • 320GB 7200RPM Hard Drived
  • 512 MB GeForce 9600M GT
  • Blu-ray and DVD+/- R/RW disc drive
  • HP Integrated HDTV Hybrid Tuner (optional)

 
HD Video Playback CPU Utilization - WMVHD and H.264 .Mov - Click for high res.





  • Gorgeous, big 18.4" LCD
  • Great multimedia features
  • Solid multimedia performance
  • Latest Centrino 2 Technology
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT GPU
  • Sleek case styling
  • Optional HDTV Tuner and Blu-ray Drive
  • Battery Life 2.5  - 3 Hours, tops
  • 8.8lbs = workout if transported
  • Some screen glare
  • 3D Graphics could be stronger


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