This laptop features Intel’s latest Core i3-330M processor. The Core i3 features dual cores capable of four processing threads. It is a 64-bit processor that comes with 3 MB of L3 cache, runs at 2.13 GHz and built on a 32 nm die. That means lower power, and less heat, which is ideal for a laptop.
The display is a 15.6″ LED high-definition widescreen display with BrightView technology and 1366 x 768 resolution. BrightView technology provides improved contrast and clarity, brighter colors and more lifelike images. The display is driven by an IntelGraphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, which can share up to 1696 MB of system memory for video. This chip is compatible with Microsoft DirectX 10.
A built-in webcam and digital microphone makes it easy to video chat with the include Skype software.
Like most laptops in its class this system comes with 4 GB of DDR3 memory and is expandable to 8 GB. The 500GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive (7200 rpm) provides plenty of room for music, games, apps and more. The built-in optical drive is a Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support which can record up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media. It also supports LightScribe direct-disc labels using compatible LightScribe media.
External ports include a 5-in-1 digital media reader which supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats, 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports, 1 eSATA/USB combo port, RJ-45 for 10/100 Ethernet LAN connection, HDMI output, 2 headphone jacks, microphone jack, analog VGA port, 1 ExpressCard/54 Slot (also supports ExpressCard/34), and a notebook expansion port 3.
The laptop comes preinstalled with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit. Other software includes Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2, Corel Video Studio X2, HP MediaSmart, HP Webcam, Pandora Internet Radio, Sling Media sling player with Sling flash tour, Windows Live Photo Gallery Cyberlink DVD Suite, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, HP Games Powered by Wild Tangent, HP Music Store powered by Rhapsody, Netflix, Hulu, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office 2007 Home & Student 60-day Trial, and more.
The keyboard is a 101-key with integrated numeric keypad. The pointing device is a Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical scroll Up/Down pad. The 6-cell lithium ion battery pack can power the laptop for up to 3.5 hours then you’ll have to plug it in using the 65W AC adapter.
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The system weighs in at 6.34 lbs and has dimensions of 14.9″ (L) x 10.15″ (D) x 1.33″ (min H)/1.61″ (max H).
The HP Pavilion Laptop with an Intel Core i3 processor (dv6-2155dx) can be found for around $700.
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