HP Pavilion dv3500t Specifications
Display: 13.3″ TFT LCD (LED backlight optional for $100)
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1280 x 800
Price: Starts at US$999.99
13.3″ wide TFT LCDs have been used in notebook PCs for quite some time. I believe Apple and Sony were first. Apple stuck it in the MacBook while Sony also used it for its SZ model notebook PCs. At that time HP was in the 14.x” wide TFT LCD bandwagon and came forth with its dv notebook PC models. Personally, I prefer the slightly smaller 13.3″ size. Now HP has a 13.3″ notebook PC too: the Pavilion dv3500t. The dv3500t is HP’s first 13.3″ notebook PC. One really cool thing that I like about the dv3500t is the name of the color: Liquid Metallic Bronze. Reminds of the awesome Terminator made out of liquid metal: T1000. I just like the name; I’m not really into bronze-colored high-tech gadgets.
The 13.3″ LCD panel comes in two varieties: one with a regular CCFL backlight and the optional LED backlight. HP puts in the term “High-Definition” for these LCDs. Though technically they are not incorrect, don’t be fooled into thinking that you’ll be able to watch 1080p high-definition content on the dv3500t at its full native format. The 1280 x 800 pixel format is not capable. Instead, you’ll be watching an awfully scaled down (I do not know of any notebook PC that has a good scaler built-in) version. Stick to 720p content and you should be fine. Where do you find 720p content? The largest source of 720p content to my knowledge is Apple’s Quicktime movie trailer site. The display is driven by NVIDIA’s GeForce 9300M GS with 512MB. That’s good because the GeForce 84 and 86 series GPUs are bad and Apple fessed up to it that its MacBook Pros with those GPUs are bad and will be taken care of.
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