HP unveils CULV 2010 notebook, preps 3D-enabled Envy 17

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.

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    • funko
    • 9 years ago

    why the emphasis on the minimum thickness? Don’t most people want to know the maximum thickness?

    Am I the oddball?

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Most women do, yeah.

    • Jambe
    • 9 years ago

    Sweet Zombie Jesus I hope that’s not coated in a glossy lacquer.

    • potatochobit
    • 9 years ago

    Hold…. on!
    this come with shutter glasses and a bluray drive and is 500$?

    now that’s a low price!

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 9 years ago

    AMD 3d gaming for all the games their 3d tech supports. Oh wait. That’d be… none? Eh?

    • Dashak
    • 9 years ago

    The Mini 5103 is only configurable with a 7200rpm or SSD. Those don’t seem like good options for a netbook.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      The best of the 7200rpm drives don’t use significantly more power than the average 5400rpm drive. And while an SSD may be overkill, most netbooks are severely limited in how much RAM can be installed; the latest dual-core Atom might be capable enough that this becomes a limiting factor for some users, so having the pagefile on an SSD may be a godsend.

    • ryko
    • 9 years ago

    hey HP, netbooks should be priced at $300 or under….the n550 is not worth $100 extra.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    C’mon 13″ ProBook update with bigger battery and reasonably priced SSD options! *crosses fingers*

    • ModernPrimitive
    • 9 years ago

    That thing does look nice. I had the previous dm3 amd powered one which was very solid and performed nicely. This one looks even sweeter.

    • Shining Arcanine
    • 9 years ago

    Where are the touch pad buttons?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      Probably ‘soft buttons’ built in to the touchpad. I’d prefer actual hardware buttons myself but this notebook seems like a pretty nice followup to Core 2 CULV machines.

      • tay
      • 9 years ago

      They copied the macbooks.

        • FuturePastNow
        • 9 years ago

        HP’s touchpad is _[

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    since when did amd offer 3d gaming? They could do 3d video, but does amd have a 3d gaming solution?

      • wira020
      • 9 years ago

      I think there’s a 3rd party solution for that, IZ3D and the other one i cant remember…

    • swampfox
    • 9 years ago

    According to their website, the base price is $649.99. They have a $100 instant rebate right now though.

    • R2P2
    • 9 years ago

    The dm3 sounds too good; the screen and keyboard must be horrible to make up for it.

      • swampfox
      • 9 years ago

      Yes, I’m curious where corners have been cut. It sounds like this will be reviewed by TR, I hope…?

        • Jigar
        • 9 years ago

        Nevermind, i found out i was wrong.

      • JrezIN
      • 9 years ago

      well, in the current dm3, keyboard is not bad… but the screen viewing angle is terrible… not bad, but terrible…

      but the performance/price is very good (I’m talking about the AMD one, with Radeon integrated graphics and video acceleration) and no burning your legs at all… (well, chicks like it too… I have to say…)

      • cygnus1
      • 9 years ago

      My current dm3 (athlon neo w/ ati integrated gpu) is pretty uninspiring. The speakers blew out inside of a few months, and it only has 100m ethernet. I also greatly miss dedicated pg up/down, delete and home keys.

      I won’t be buying another dm3 without drastic changes being made.

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