HP launching two Pavilion laptops, and one Firebird desktop

CES 2009, Computers, Gadget Shows, Laptops / Notebooks

hp-pavilion-dv2.pngHP has announced a couple of new notebook PCs in its Pavilion range, and a successor to its high-end Blackbird desktop – the Firebird. Let’s take a look at the notebooks first.

They’re named Pavilion dv2 and Pavilion dv7. The dv2 is a slim-and-light machine, with 1.8kg weight, and thickness of just one inch. It’ll include an AMD 1.6GHz Athlon processor, 12.1″ display, “nearly” full-size keyboard, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 and up to 500GB of hard disc space. There’s an optional external Blu-ray drive, and backlit keyboard too.

The dv7, on the other hand, is more high-end. It’s got a 17.3″ display, integrated optical drive, and discrete graphics. Features-wise, you’ll get a TV tuner, Blu-ray and an unspecified “rich set of standard features”. It’ll come in a choice of ‘Espresso’ and ‘Moonlight’.

Lastly, there’s the more-than-a-little-juicy Firebird high-end desktop (which might be US-only, sadly). Because it’s a desktop, HP can cram in far better components for the same price as a much lower-specced laptop.

But they haven’t done that. They’ve gone way over what any laptop would every carry. The Firebird packs an Intel Core 2 Quad processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800S graphics cards in SLI, 4GB of RAM and two hot-swappable 320GB hard drives.

Most impressive of all, they’ve managed to bake in a liquid cooling system into the thing. As a result, there’s no noisy fans, and the whole thing runs quieter than a gnat passing wind, even at full pelt (the PC, not the gnat). However, if you live on the summit of Everest, you’re out of luck. HP specifically states in the product specs that this machine isn’t to be used above 10,000 feet.

The dv2 and dv7 will be available on April 6th for a starting price of £499 and £699 respectively, and the Firebird will be available online from this Friday for a rather-expensive $1,799 (£1,228). Could be worth it, though.

HP Press Release

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Duncan Geere
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