Gamers have a new best friend in the HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Series Notebook PC - available in the UK from September 07.

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Superfast, with great sound and a huge 20.1in screen, the HP Pavilion HDX is a good, fairly portable entertainment system. Digital editors, artists, and multimedia enthusiasts will like this all-in-one, too. Just be ready to dig deep for it: HP's 'approximate street price' for the HP Pavilion HDX is £1,400.

The HP Pavilion HDX we looked at came maxed out with the 64bit version of Windows Vista Ultimate. It had Intel's best mobile chip, the 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo T7700, and 4GB of RAM. All that horsepower helped the HP Pavilion HDX earn a WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 86 and generate a frame rate of 109 in our Far Cry gaming tests.

The HP Pavilion HDX's two-hour, 22-minute battery life is quite poor for an ordinary notebook but remarkably good for a huge (7kg) desktop-replacement model.

The HP Pavilion HDX is impressively crafted. For one thing, the machine looks stylish; the exterior is a subtle variation on HP's designer imprint finish called "The Dragon". The 1,680x1,050 glossy screen is easy to move back and forth on its adjustable arm for comfortable viewing, and is bright without being too reflective. The HP Pavilion HDX's keyboard, which includes a dedicated number pad, offers desktop-like typing comfort plus one-touch QuickPlay media controls.

The HP Pavilion HDX's four integrated Altec Lansing speakers, aided by an HP triple-bass-reflex subwoofer, produce very loud, rich sound, but a rear audio-out port makes it a snap to add a nicer external set of speakers for gaming surround sound. Its many multimedia connections include a coaxial port for a TV signal.

Our test HP Pavilion HDX included two 100GB hard drives, and if that isn't enough space for you, the HDX has an eSATA port for adding a fast new external hard drive.

HP Pavilion HDX: Specs

  • 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo T7700
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • 4GB RAM
  • 20.1in widescreen
  • 7kg
  • HD DVD-ROM/DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/-RAM
  • 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo T7700
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • 4GB RAM
  • 20.1in widescreen
  • 7kg
  • HD DVD-ROM/DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/-RAM

OUR VERDICT

If a powerful, luggable gaming machine or an ultrahigh-end desktop replacement is what you've been looking for, the HP Pavilion HDX is one of the nicest 20.1in models we've seen yet. This stylish, high-end desktop replacement is huge and heavy, but its fast performance makes it a great gaming machine.

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