HP Pavilion series gets Core i3 and i5 processors


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HP’s venerable Pavilion series of laptops still afford shoppers some of the beefiest, budget minded laptops in the 15 to 17 inch range, and it’s no shock that now that Intel’s Arrendale processors are out, HP would take the opportunity to perform a bit of a spec bump. Here you go, then: the HP Pavilion dv6t and dv7t, now with Intel Core i3 or Core i5 mobile processors.
Both laptops now boast a choice between an Intel Core i3-330M (2.13GHz), an Intel Core i3-350M (2.26GHz), an Intel Core i5-430M processor (2.26GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.53 GHz) or an Intel Core i5-520M processor (2.40GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz processor).
Other ways in which the two notebooks are similar is that they both run Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional, and are equipped with up to 4GB DDR3 RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce GT320M graphics with 1GB of VRAM, an 8X DVD SuperMulti burner, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, webcam.
Otherwise, the models distinguish themselves mainly in screen sizes. The HP Pavilion dv6t is a 15.6-inch LED affair running at 1366 x 768, while the HP Pavilion dv7t is a 17.3-inch behemoth with a resoliution of 1600 x 900 (a bit disappointing: we’d expect 1080p).
The Pavilion dv6t and dv7t have prices starting at $729 and $799, but as usual, you pay for machines as affordable as this with the weight: the dv6t wegihs 6.34 pounds while the dv7t weighs 7.74 pounds, or about the weight of a block of unobtanium.