HP releases Pavilion dv3500t, its first 13.3-inch laptop

We're all about milestones here at Engadget, so today we'd like to congratulate HP on releasing its first 13.3-inch laptop, the Pavilion dv3500t. Yes, it's been a struggle for the company, missing just high and low of this (apparent?) sweet-spot, which strikes a good blend between power and portability with Core 2 Duo processors ranging from 2.0 to 2.53 GHz, RAM up to 8GB, and up to 400GB worth of disk space if you want it, backed up by an 8X, dual-layer, Super Multi DVD writer. Gigabit Ethernet is on the back, while ports for USB (3), HDMI, and a 5-in-1 card reader occupy the sides, all in a package that weighs in at just over 4 pounds. That new screen delivers a respectable 1280 x 800 resolution and, if you're willing to cough up $100 extra over the $999.99 starting price, you can opt for an LED backlight. If only you could opt out of that garish "Intersect Imprint" exterior.

[Via Laptoping]