HP’s first 13.3-inch notebook for U.S.: Pavilion dv3500t

Dv3500tIs that really correct? HP hasn’t had a 13.3-inch notebook in the United States? Come to think of it, everything does seem to be in the 14-, 15-inch and up category. Other than the 8.9-inch HP Mini-note of course and we’re expecting to see a 10-inch version of that in the near future. I guess the time is past ripe for a 13.3-incher with WXGA resolution, so say hello to the HP Pavilion dv3500t.The notebook starts at $999, weighs 4.12-pounds with a 6-cell battery and doesn’t skimp on performance. You get your choice from four Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs starting at 2.0 GHz and ramping up to 2.53 GHz. RAM is configured from 2 GB all the way up to 8 GB for folks opting to go with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate. Battery life comes in the form of a 4-cell unit standard or an optional 6-cell. No SSD choices for data storage, but there’s a range of 5400 RPM drives in various capacities. NVIDIA supplies the discrete graphics in the form of their GeForce 9300M GS with 512 MB of dedicated video memory. You also get an ExpressCard slot, backlit keyboard, integrated optical drive, three USBs and HDMI out.Looks like a nice middle ground between a smaller netbook like the HP Mini-note and a behemoth 17-inch unit that weighs six or more pounds.

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