Entertainment Power HP‘s Pavilion dv8 is billed as an “entertainment notebook” by the company and sports a huge 18.4-inch TFT LCD with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The dv8 is powered by Intel’s Core i7 CPU and supported by 4GB RAM (8GB max), two 320GB hard drives while graphics duties are doled out by NVIDIA’s GeForce GT230 GPU with 1GB of VRAM. HP got it right by integrating a TV tuner and a Blu-ray drive. HDTV content from the TV tuner will certainly make good use of the 1920 x 1080 resolution. Blu-ray content will too but most will end up generating some unwanted black bars: you can get rid of them by using full display mode but scaled video won’t look as good.
Long Life All that processing capabilities will require a lot of power and that’s where HP’s Long Life battery comes in. The battery technology makes use of Boston Power’s Sonata cells that offer three to five times longer battery life compared to regular Li-Ion batteries. I’m guessing that battery life will end up being about the same as regular non-entertainment notebooks at around 3 to 4 hours–still quite good. Just a guess. The dv8 will be available on October 22 for Â£1,300.