Decked out in onyx and chrome, HP’s Imprint 2 finish isn’t the only thing that’s attractive about this 15.4-inch system. The Pavilion dv5t’s crisp and bright edge-to-edge glass panel (with available 1680 x 1050-pixel resolution) and loud Altec Lansing speakers make for a compelling multimedia experience. And although the touch-sensitive media controls take some getting used to, they were generally responsive.
Taking a cue from HP’s business notebooks, the dv5t features an accelerometer that stops the 250GB hard drive from spinning if the notebook is dropped. Our test system’s 2.53-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor made Vista run smooth like butter, and the Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics card delivered smooth gameplay. Not keen on games? Opt for Intel’s integrated graphics and put the $200 you’ll save toward the optional $150 Blu-ray drive. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy high-def movies on the dv5t or on your big-screen HDTV when you use the HDMI port.
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A big-screen notebook in a mainstream notebook’s body, the VAIO FW series, like the VAIO Z Series, is one of the first laptops to feature a screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which means its stunning 16.4-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display is ideal for watching Blu-ray movies.
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