With a starting configuration at around $3,000, and specced out versions nearing on $5k, the HP Pavilion HDX
isn't a laptop for everybody. In fact, it's hardly a laptop, more of a "portable notebook computer." Sure, there's about an hour and a half of battery life, and the 20.1-inch monster actually weighs in 3 pounds lighter than Dell's 18.3 pound XPS M2010
, but this thing was never really destined for your lap. That said, Laptop Mag found plenty to love about the unit, which features conveniences like a numeric keypad and a removable remote embedded into the deck portion, along with an impressive movie-friendly 1680 x 1050 screen, which will be supplemented by a 1920 x 1200 screen down the road, can be adjusted forward and backward, and hosts a high quality webcam. HP has built in analog and HD tuners, and plans to offer an over-the-air HD antenna soon. Outputs include HDMI and eSATA, and with a new Intel T7700 processor, 4GB of RAM, an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB graphics card and a 400GB hard drive powering this thing, you should be able to handle most multimedia and gaming tasks with ease. Intel's new 802.11n WiFi tested well, as did gaming performance. The screen is a bit of a fingerprint magnet, and Laptop had some trouble with the touch sensitive media controls in its pre-production unit (which HP promises to fix), but overall there isn't much fault found in this thing -- as long as you can get over that whole 20.1-inch laptop which costs your life savings part.