Maybe it took extra long, 'cause it was so hard to get these giant things on the truck. In any event, the 20-inch HP HDX--a massive multimedia laptop we previewed extensively back in May--comes with some cool new hardware tweaks and is finally ready to hit dorm rooms and CEO offices around the country.
One of the first systems to be announced with Intel's revamped Centrino Duo platform, the HDX won us over with its huge 20-inch display (which moves back and forth on a giant hinged arm), touch-sensitive media control buttons, pop-out remote control, and gamer-worthy specs. The only problem was, after taking a look at a prerelease version of the system, the final product never came out.
Cut to a couple of months later, and the HDX is finally ready for prime time, available for ordering on HP's Web site (with an estimated ship date of August 10). Our preproduction unit from back in May had a top-of-the-line T7700 Core 2 Duo CPU, but you can now order the system with Intel's Core 2 Extreme X7800, the new mobile version of the Core 2 Extreme desktop processor. The HDX starts at $2,999--but add the Core 2 Extreme CPU, 4GB of RAM, and an HD DVD drive, and you're looking at a $5,000 laptop.