The HP Pavilion dv3-2103TX Portable can be called the Harley Davidson of laptops, for its all style and power. HP even tries to do a Mac with a glow-in-the dark insignia on its back panel, supplemented by an Espresso Pattern that run all along the body. There is even a chrome ‘fender’ around the unit, with a dash of steel on the touchpad too.
But, it will be the quest for celluloid that will finally bring buyers to the dv3, which is all geared up for the multi-media buffs. For one, the dv3 features great Altec Lansing Stereo Speakers which allow you to enjoy music without having to plug on external speakers or earphones. It is not always that you chance upon laptop speakers that actually produce any sound of consequence. The HP Mediasmart software that comes pre-installed organises all your audio, video files, so that you don’t have to click around for which movies to watch next. Moreover, the 13.4” LED backlit widescreen, with 16:9 true wide aspect ratio, makes watching movies a pleasure.
Under the hood is an Intel Core2 Duo Mobile Processor T6500 which promises 4GB RAM and 320 GB Serial ATA storage. The dv3 comes preloaded with Vista Home Premium and a bunch of HP software that make life much easy. Plus, the slightly curved keys are a refreshing change from its Qwerty class peers. The steel finish touch Pad has a two-way scroll zone, but I think it’s time HP thought of introducing pinch and flip features too. The touchpanel below the screen allows you to adjust volume as well as on/off the Bluetooth link.
But the inbuilt webcam will let you down in poor light conditions. And there was some turbulence while running discs on the DVD drive, which otherwise comes loaded with the latest LightScribe technology which enable you to burn labels as well. HP claims its six-Cell Lithium Ion battery carries about five hours of juice, but the unit gave up after about three hours on a full charge.
The dv3 comes loaded with everything else you would expect from a good laptop these days, especially one that costs Rs 54,274.