updated 08:50 am EDT, Wed October 1, 2008
HP on Wednesday rolled out its first 13.3-inch home user's notebook and its first more direct challenge to the same-sized MacBook and to Sony's VAIO SR. The dv3500t is one of HP's first systems outside of special editions to focus on style and comes in a unique bronze pattern that extends through to the keyboard. The company also gives it features that have either been off-limits or uncommon to the dv4t, including a dedicated 512MB GeForce 9300M GS graphics chipset as standard, a backlit keyboard and the option of an LED-backlit display for longer battery life and dropping the weight to as little as 4.1 pounds.
The PC builder has ambitions for the system as a portable home theater PC and gives the dv3500t an HDMI 1.3 output as well as a mini remote; it also carries HP's relatively unique combo external SATA port that can double as an extra USB port when necessary. Every system comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi as standard.
HP is pricing the new notebook aggressively and sells a base configuration for $1,000 with a 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive and a DVD burner. Adding the LED lighting lifts the price by $100, while options exist to bring the system up to as much as 8GB of RAM, a 400GB hard drive and a 2.53GHz processor.