As of Thursday, the HDX 18T Premium series notebook was available only online with a starting price of $1,550. The desktop replacement PC ships with Microsoft's Windows Vista Home Premium.
The wide-screen display offers 55% better viewing than standard panels, with true high-definition resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. The 1,080p HD display is a standard option, along with a 2.26-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Other features in the base configuration include 2 GB of memory; a 512-MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics card; a 250-GB, 5,400-RPM SATA hard drive; a Webcam; and a fingerprint reader. The system comes with Wi-Fi wireless support, but Bluetooth is extra.
HP's recommended configuration takes the price up to just over $2,000. HP recommends upgrades to Windows Vista Ultimate; a 2.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor; 3 GB of memory; and a 320-GB, 5,400-RPM SATA hard drive.
HP is marketing the system for creating and editing video, music, and photos, as well as watching HD movies. A TV tuner capable of receiving high-def content and a remote control cost extra. The PC also has an HDMI 1.3 port for connecting the machine to an external digital TV monitor.
Desktop-replacement notebooks like the HDX 18T are aimed at consumers who are willing to pay more for the convenience of portability. HP's portfolio covers all segments of the consumer market, from the ultraportable "netbooks" for checking e-mail and Web browsing on the road to the latest wide-screen model. HP competitors include Dell, Sony, Lenovo, and Toshiba.