HP Pavilion Notebooks

Whilst the new ENVY notebooks are certainly very tempting, the HP Pavilion series also has four new models. As this is HP’s mainstream notebook brand, they must be both very good and affordable to tempt customers away from the numerous alternatives. The following models will be available starting May 19 at HP Direct, in a wide variety of colors and configurations.

The HP Pavilion dm4 is a premium class product with a 14” LED backlit display in a slim full-metal chassis coming in at under 1” and 4.4lbs starting at $730—a bit too much in my opinion, despite the metal chassis. More affordable entries into the HP Pavilion series are the dv5 and dv6, which offer both AMD and Intel-powered models with up to 1TB of storage and superior audio components such as Dolby Virtual Surround Sound and Altec Lansing speakers. They are both available with a choice of colored chassis imprints including Black Cherry, Champagne, and Sonoma Red. The HP Pavilion dv5 features a 14.5” display starting at $650 while the HP Pavilion dv6 features a bigger 15.6” display with optional touch support and starts at $530 for the AMD machines and $650 for the Intel powered units.

A larger HP Pavilion dv7 will also be available with up to 2TB of storage from $800. And for those that like netbooks, there's the HP Mini 210, with updated exterior designs.

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  • Belard - Friday, May 7, 2010 - link

    "That's fanboy language."... Huh? I said I liked AMD, I like the pricing on the product, I didn't say I wanted to marry them. AMD is a company, blah blah. I also buy Intel's SSD drives because (A) the perfomance (B) reliability and (C) price ratio is better than anything else on the market.

    The rest of your post about the 6-core CPU, battery life, etc... Gee, didn't I pretty much say that?

    The last line of my post was "After these past 10 years, AMD has never been aggressive with their mobile CPUs power usage." - its a fact, their CPUs aren't great for the mobile market. A fanboy would buy AMD Mobile just because its an AMD.

    Fact, the notebook & netbook markets continues to grow and AMD is going to miss out and it will be mostly their fault. For a notebook, intel CPU is the way to go - and getting one with an ATi GPU is best of both worlds... oh, the Envy has such a set up.

    If intel is still paying OEMs to not use AMD, then they are breaking the agreement from earlier this year and open themselves to another lawsuit. May intel lose more money.
  • KorruptioN - Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - link

    That 14" Envy - the right side. Why would they put the Kensington lock port smack dab in the middle like that? What if you're using an external mouse? The (stiff) cable is going to end up right where you're supposed to use your mouse. Same goes for the wired ethernet.

    Furthermore, the power and HDD activity LEDs... why would HP put them there? I like to keep an eye on those LEDs from time to time.

    It all seems like an afterthought...
  • smartalco - Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - link

    They aren't even trying to hide the fact that they are trying to make a macbook. Silver body, black screen bezel, black chiclet keyboard, single surface trackpad/mouse. At my first quick glance, I actually thought the home page image was a macbook.
  • FATCamaro - Thursday, May 6, 2010 - link

    I thought they were Macbook Pro's as well. It was hilarious to read the first few comments saying how they really liked the look without acknowledging that it was a copycat look.
  • caseyschwab - Thursday, May 6, 2010 - link

    It may be your opinion that it is a "copycat look" but It is not mine. The macbook pros completely lack color and finish which IMO one of there biggest downfalls, aside from their exorbitant pricing. HP offers greater performance, better looks and a lower price tag to boot.
  • erple2 - Thursday, May 6, 2010 - link

    It's got a metal case (good for heat dissipation, and looks much nicer than flimsy plastic), it's got chicklet island keys (like a very large number of keyboards today), and it has a black bezel (like a significant number of other laptops). I have both laptops (Envy 15 and early 2009 unibody MBP) so am speaking a little bit from experience.

    So does that them imply that all of the hundreds of other laptops that do that are copycats of the MBP? I don't know. The metal is very different than the MBP (and gives it a nice texture), the keys feel a little bit better than the Macbook Pro. The screen is much nicer than the MBP (higher resolution, and non-shiny). The trackpad is similar (I'll give you that), but if something works well, why not try to improve on it? The bezel is black, but so what? There were a lot of laptops before the MBP that had black bezels. E2E glass - I don't care about that - at least not with a matte screen. My Envy does not have e2e glass, so there's no comparison.

    I don't think that it's a clone, so much as simply a "metal case modern laptop".
  • Roland00 - Thursday, May 6, 2010 - link

    During the first generation of the hp envy's several hp reps, and an official hp training were specifically comparing the hp envy to the macbook pros. The old envy 15 with the I7 option is faster than the 17 inch macbook pro, and the old envy 13 coupled with the LV processor with the second battery that latches onto the chasis gets better battery life than the macbook pro (for they are using two batteries) and it runs windows natively.
  • ExodusC - Thursday, May 6, 2010 - link

    Why would they try to hide the fact that they are making what is arguably a better notebook for the price? I would definitely purchase the Envy 14 over the 13 inch MBP. Moreso, I would think the Envy 14 will likely be a better buy than the 15 inch MBP.
  • GullLars - Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - link

    It bothers me a bit they only offer SSDs for the high end models, and then only x25-M 160GB.
    If i designed laptops, I'd insist any laptop released in 2010 with 15" screens or more would have 2 2,5" slots, and have 30-80GB SSDs optional as boot-drives for all models, with 40GB x25-V and 32GB Indilinx as recomended for lower end models, x25-M 80GB for middle range, and x25-M 80/160GB or SF-1200 50/100GB for higher end models, and the possibility for the buyer to specify other capacities for all models. After all, changing (or inserting) an SSD is not much work (can easily be done in the electronics store/etailer in a minute or two).
    I also have an issue with buying the laptops without OS (for a lower cost) not being an option for a lot of models.
  • MadMan007 - Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - link

    I'd like to see them ditch the optical drive on smaller models (14" and below,) possibly as an option, and include a second hard drive instead. An 80GB SSD with a mechanical hard drive of your choice would be fantastic.

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