If 12 is too small and 14 too big, HP now has a laptop to sell you. With the Pavilion dv3500t, the company has slotted a 13-inch model into its already crowded laptop lineup. The dv3500t features a choice of four Intel Core 2 Duo processors (up to the T9400), up to 8GB of RAM, a 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics card, and up to a 400GB hard drive. The 13.3-inch display features a 1280x800 resolution, and an LED-backlit display is offered for an added $100, which HP indicates will shave nearly a half pound off the system's 4.1-pound weight. Unlike most of HP's laptops, the Pavilion dv3500 does not offer a parallel AMD version (a dv3500z, say, to the Intel-based dv3500t).
The only color option is HP's bronze finish, which brings to mind the Pavilion dv6985se we saw earlier this year. And like the Pavilion dv5, the dv3500t features an HDMI port, an eSATA port (housed inside one of the system's USB ports), and a remote control that you can store inside the ExpressCard slot. A Webcam and fingerprint reader come standard, as does a four-cell battery. We'd recommend spending the extra $29 for the six-cell option.
The $999 baseline configuration features a Core 2 Duo T5800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, GeForce 9300M GS graphics, and a 160GB hard drive. Look for our review of the retail $1,199 HP Pavilion dv3510nr later this month.
HP now sells 12-, 13-, 14-, 15-, 16-, 17-, and 18-inch laptops. Add the 9-inch HP 2133 Mini-Note PC to the equation, and product gaps at 10- and 11-inch sizes are suddenly revealed. Get on that, HP.