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On this week's show we team up with HP to bring you the best holiday bargains.
HP Mini 1035NR
First up - the system everyone's been talking about, HP's new Mini! The real name is the HP Mini 1035NR. Our demonstration model comes with a 10" screen, a 60 gigabyte hard drive, a gigabyte of RAM, a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and - rare for this category - a keyboard that's almost full size (92%). Plus it weighs under 2 and a half pounds. All that for just a few pennies more than $500, and you can save even more by opting for Linux as your OS, a smaller screen, and flash instead of rotating storage.
Next, if you've been thinking about dumping your cable, you're looking for a second TV, or you have a small apartment, we've got just the notebook for you! It's the new HP HDX18, an audio and video wonderbrick that includes a built in HDTV tuner, a powerful Blu-Ray drive for watching amazingly clear movies, discrete graphics for flawless video and gaming playback and a huge 18" screen. Built around a 2.28 GHz T9600 Core2 Duo processor, this machine is fast, good looking, and will handle all your video and audio with aplomb. With 640 Gigabytes of storage (that's two 320GB drives), it's got enough room for nearly 60 hours of video and a lifetime worth of music. Oh, and it even includes an integrated sub-woofer! It may seem expensive at $2,600, but this is one of the most powerful notebooks ever.
HP Pavilion dv4-1140go
But what if you're looking for a compromise between these two extremes? More portable than the HDX, but more powerful than the Mini? In that case, consider the HP Pavilion dv4-1140go. This small but powerful system offers a great compromise between power and portability. With a Core2 5800 processor, 4 gigabytes of RAM and a bright 14" screen, it has all the power you need to play videos, listen to music and get your work done too. With a 320GB hard drive it'll store just about anything you need, and with an external HDMI port you can hook it up to your flat screen to play HULU, Revision3 or other online video and games on the big screen. It's under a thousand dollars, and it'll keep you happily computing for years.
HP Pavilion tx-2 1000
Finally, a really special computer for work and play. If you love the touch screen on phones like the iPhone or Google's G1, you are going to love this computer. It's the HP Pavilion tx-2 1000, an amazing computer that converts from your standard clamshell to a tablet. It's surprisingly light, and unlike many previous tablets, this one actually works with your finger! Built around a powerful AMD Turion RM-72 processor, it includes 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 256 Gig hard drive. But that's all secondary to what it does when you twist it! It uses HPs touch interface to let you easily surf the web, access programs, listen to music or play videos - all without resorting to pen or keyboard. And you won't be disappointed by the screen. Even though it includes an extra layer for the touch screen, the LED-based technology shines brightly, even in the daytime. Oh, and with a powerful HD 3200 HD graphics chip, it'll deliver great video performance as well. For a tablet computer, this one comes in at a great price, and a great set of features.