HP to launch 18.4" Core i7-equipped desktop replacement, Pavilion dv8

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HP has officially unveiled the new Pavilion dv8 Core i7-based desktop replacement. The notebook carries a massive 18.4" 1080p HD display, a 1.6GHz Intel Core i7, 4GB of DDR3 RAM (supports up to 8GB), an Nvidia GeForce GT 230M with 1GB of dedicated VRAM, dual 320GB 7200RPM HDDs, and a Lightscribe Blu-ray drive.

As one would expect from an 18.4" notebook, the HP Pavilion dv8 is brimming with connectivity and functionality. It features a five-in-one digital media reader, an ExpressCard slot, 802.11a/g/n support, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, a webcam, four USB 2.0 (one shared with an eSATA port) and one IEEE 1394, VGA and HDMI-out, TV tuner, two headphone-out, one mic-in, a remote control infrared port (with remote control), and a four-cell battery. Other extras include a full sized keyboard, as well as an integrated finger print reader and subwoofer.

The Pavilion dv8 weighs 4.06kg (just shy of 9lbs) -- certainly a heifer, but I expected worse, frankly. HP backs it with a one-year warranty, and it will arrive in UK stores on October 22 with a price of 1,300 (about $2,000). There is no word on US availability.

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