HP updates notebook and netbook lineup for the holidays

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HP has announced a slew of new consumer laptops designed to bring entertainment-centric features and updated specs just in time for the upcoming holiday season. One model that will likely get a lot of attention is the HP Envy 17 3D, which is basically an update of the original 17.3-inch desktop replacement featuring support for 1080p high-def resolutions , a Blu-ray drive and active-shutter 3D goggles from Xpan HD to enjoy stereoscopic 3D content powered by Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics, as well as a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and up to two terabytes of hard disk space.

HP and AMD have a list of 200 games that will work with the 3D bundle. Prices for the Envy 17 3D configurations were not mentioned, but we expect them to start under the $2,000 mark when they become available in the coming weeks. The company is also readying a special-edition HP Envy 14 with a sleek all-black design and several features aimed at music aficionados, including Beats Audio processing and Beats By Dr. Dre headphones for a starting price of $1,250.

Also featured in today's announcement is a system based on Intel's 2010 Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage platform. The 13.3-inch Pavilion dm3 boasts a magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis, Nehalem-based Pentium U5400 processor with two 1.2GHz cores, integrated Intel HD graphics, and a reasonably tight 18W power envelope -- all for a starting price of just $549.99. HP claims the Pavilion dm3 is capable of a very respectable 7.5 hours of battery life.

Finally, two of its netbook models are also receiving makeovers: the HP Mini 210 basically gets a bunch of color options and the business-oriented HP Mini 5103 is now offered with the optional new dual-core Intel Atom processor N550, in addition to the Intel Atom N455 and N475 chips.

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