HP's 20-inch HDX "Dragon" Laptop Walked Through and Reviewed

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The HP Mobility Summit is going down in Shanghai as we speak, and they've just unleashed no less than 13 lappies. I don't care about any of them as much as I care about the Santa Rosa powered HDX Dragon, previously leaked, now unveiled in all its scaly glory. The 20-inch pivot hinged monster that is built to bite Acer and Dell's 20-inch lappies right on their ass. Beyond our explanation of what we like, two Giz friends happened to get video tours and reviews on day-zero.

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I love this machine's design. First off, the 20.1-inch widescreen ultrabright has a generous 1680 x 1050 resolution, backlit by two lamps. A hinge let's it swivel from two places, the middle of the panel's back and the standard location, for optimal screen positioning. HP even promises to bump the res to true 1080p-capable 1920 x 1200 pixels in a future version. Secondly, the keyboard tray is so generous that it can fit a media center remote in its left side, and a built in SD/HD OTA tuner (something many vendors have abandoned.)

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Laptop Mag reviewed one of the first preproduction samples, and quoted their performance results:

This preproduction model wouldn't run PCMark05, but its 3DMark03 score of 12,240 and 3DMark06 score of 4,002 mean this system can plow through graphics-intensive applications. Thanks to Intel's new draft-802.11n connection, wireless scores were through the roof, hitting nearly 18.9 and 15.8 Mbps at 15 and 50 feet, respectively. Battery life, while not great, was better than we expected at one hour and 31 minutes on our DVD rundown test. This is likely attributable to Santa Rosa's power-saving technology.

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[DEEEP Breath]And then 400GB of storage spread over twin 200GB SATA drives, and HD DVD Rom with a DVD+/- double layer burner, gigabit ethernet, quad speaker setup plus subwoofer, 4 gigs of RAM, and a Centrino Duo setup with Core 2 Duo proc at T7700 (2.40GHz, BTW), and an ATI HD 2600XT with 256MB of GDDR3 RAM that can use some system mem to eek out more performance. [INHALE]



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DISCUSSION

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A. No 1920x1200 in the first model? Lame.

B. I don't think I could ever handle a laptop that has an off-center keyboard. No thank you.

C. I wish it wasn't an HP. A buddy of mine bought an HP desktop, fully loaded for gaming, with XP Media Center on it a handful of months ago. It came loaded with so much junkware that it literally froze on boot the day he got it due to software conflicts. I had to go fix it up for him, and so I tried to grab his XP disc and wipe the machine so he could install just what he needs from scratch. Long story short: HP no longer supplies XP as a disc. Owners have only one option, System Restore, which restores the machine to (you guessed it) the exact way it arrived at his place, loaded with junkware. Uninstalling all this crap just leaves its grubby footprints all over the registry, and even after dealing with HP on the phone they won't send him a disc with the copy of XP on it that he paid for with the machine. I've tried every trick I know, and I know a lot of them, to install XP fresh from the System Restore discs he was given, but they are locked in a way that this is impossible. So no thanks to a new laptop from HP for me.