Systems based on Intel's 2010 Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage platform are beginning to trickle out, and at least in the case of HP's new dm3, they look positively tempting. Announced just after the stroke of midnight today, the 13.3-inch Pavilion dm3 boasts a magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis and a Nehalem-based Pentium processor—all for a starting price of just $549.99.
The included Pentium U5400 lacks the spoils of full-featured mobile Core i7s, like Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading, but it does have two 1.2GHz cores, integrated Intel HD graphics, and a reasonably tight 18W power envelope. Platform power consumption must be pretty reasonable, because HP claims a whopping 7.5 hours of battery life, even with the dm3's 7,200-RPM mechanical hard drive. Considering the machine weighs four pounds and has a minimum thickness of 0.88", that all sounds like a sweet deal for the money. We've gotta get one of these in our labs; if you'd like one too, HP says the system should be available today.
Also featured in today's HP announcement: an upcoming Envy 17 variant with stereoscopic 3D functionality. That notebook, if you could call it that, will arrive this holiday season at an as-of-yet-undetermined price. It will ship with active-shutter 3D goggles and a Blu-ray drive. The interesting part? HP shunned Nvidia's stereoscopic 3D fanfare and went with Mobility Radeon HD graphics from AMD. (The new Envy 17 will also pack a quad-core Intel CPU.)
We should probably mention the new HP Mini 5103, as well. The 5103 will be HP's first netbook with the new, dual-core Atom N550 processor. Look for that 10.1" hot rod on September 17 with a starting price tag of $399.