HP’s New HDX 16 and 18: Video and Full Review

The last time we weighed in on the HP Pavilion HDX, we crowned it one of the best notebooks of 2007. Today, HP released two follow-ups to the HDX, but they take an unexpected form. Whereas the original HDX had a 20-inch dual-hinge screen, and was really only a laptop in name, the HDX 16 and HDX 18 are clamshells, and they’re actually portable. As the names suggest, the 16 has a 16-inch screen, and the 18, an 18-inch. Both are stunning, 1920 x 1080 displays with 16:9 aspect ratios, which make the screen wider– but not much taller– than your traditional 15 or 17-inch notebook. They look kind of like the recently revamped DV series, only with a different pattern and more subtly integrated speakers. Both have Altec Lansing speakers, subwoofers, Blu-ray drives, and sleek, flat bezels. Like the original HDX, they have internal TV tuners. The HDX 16 starts at $1,299 and the HDX 18 at $1,549. Other specs: they run on Intel Centrino 2 CPUs, NVIDIA discrete graphics, Intel 802.11n Wi-Fi, and can take up to 8GB of RAM. The HDX 16 offers hard drives as large as 350GB, whereas the HDX 18 will be available with dual 7,200 rpm 250GB hard drives. Check out our hands-on video and photo gallery below or visit our full review of the HDX 16. Stay tuned for our HDX 18 review later in the week. [flq:c1f0e501784b4dd3b8780a16026440b3]

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  1. rex Says:

    sony started with it. will dell follow next?

  2. Brad Says:

    31 ‘ummm’s in a two and a half minute video … a bit excessive.

  3. Never Says:

    Torn… the HDX 16 or the HDX 18…

  4. Gordie Says:

    Agree… Umm gets really annoying… HDX it is then

  5. Thomas Shaw Says:

    I have a hdx 16 computer and it has been fixed 2 time under warranty with the screen having scratches from the keyboard. I called with it for the third time and hp will not fix it. They say it is user abuse on my part. I find it funny that hp fixed it twice under warranty and now it is user abuse. The case number from hp was 750114780* this time. The computer S/N is *********.

    Complaint Summary

    I have a hdx 16 computer and it has been fixed 2 time under warranty with the screen having scratches from the keyboard.

    Resolution Sought
    I would like for HP to repair the computer with a permanent fix.

    Company’s Response
    Company’s Initial Response – Posted 11/10/2009 Hewlett Packard’s Case Manager Sherri advised Mr. the LCD screen is considered cosmetic and not covered under the 1yr manufactured warranty. Hewlett Packard did 2 complimentary LCD screen repairs. Mr should purchase an Accidental Damage Protection Warranty on his unit before the 1yr manufactured warranty expires. The Case Manager has advised Mr. there will not be a third LCD screen repair. Initial Response Summary The Case Manager has advised Mr. Shaw there will not be a third LCD screen repair.

    My Reply Back Was.

    I would agree it is cosmetic at first however the scratches do get bigger and they do start to affect the viewing of the screen. If you look at hps Owen wed forum
    @ http://h30434.www3.hp.com/psg/board/message?board.id=Display&thread.id=4919
    and http://h30434.www3.hp.com/psg/board/message?board.id=Display&thread.id=5050
    and http://h30434.www3.hp.com/psg/board/message?board.id=Display&thread.id=3334
    and http://h30434.www3.hp.com/psg/board/message?board.id=Hardware&thread.id=2262

    you will see several pages of unhappy people with the screen not getting fix.
    I do believe it is a defect in the alignment of the henge and it needs to be addressed
    by hp. If you had a car window and every tine it rain the window shield wipers rubbed marks into the window you would be going to Gm, ford, Honda to have it fix so you could see clearly out the window. I fill this is the some thing We all pay good money for a good computer and i do believe the computer is great except for the screen being scratched from the keyboard. I know i am not the only person with this problem. As for the Accidental Warranty it did not happen By ACCIDENT it is a know problem with the hp module.

    Please go to my Youtube page and post a comment about what hp has done to you and what you would like done.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6popGmkvrVo or just copy and past what you have here. we all need to work togather on this.

  6. memoire de jeux video Says:

    I think Dell will surely follow on the HDX trail.

  7. John H Says:

    same problem, so many lil scratches, i thought it was my fault at first

  8. May A Says:

    I totally agree with Thomas Shaw , i got the same problem with him , the problem never stop, first scratches from screen, second the mouse track pad suddenly does work and then the charger doesn’t work also , and then become too slow and then when you start up a annoying sound you will hear it.

    what more i can say , so i went to hp service center and then they change the mother board but still under warranty but they will not replace for a new one ,

    that’s why they dis-continue selling this on the market compare to other pavilion model i think ,

    so just be careful when you buy a laptop i almost spent my money here about 1,200 dollars and its not worth it ,
    but i have no choice at all.

    because i was blinded for a false advertising , and how they promote this model to the market

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