HP 13-inch lappy gets Intel-ized
The HP Pavilion dv3t series of 13.3-inch notebooks can be had for as low as $798.99 with your choice of one of six Intel Core 2 Duo processors.
One of our biggest issues with HP's Pavilion dv3z was its AMD processor, keeping it from beating out the performance of comparable 13- and 14-inch laptops with Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs. The 13.3-inch laptop was otherwise a good deal, highly configurable, and thanks to an extended-life battery, able to stay up and running for nearly five hours.
However, if you feel like the slightly slower performance of the AMD processors isn't worth the cost savings, HP now offers the Pavilion dv3t with six Intel Core Duo processors to pick from. The base model comes with a 2GHz T6400 processor and a starting price of $798.99.
Configured with a T6400 and closely matching the review specs we tested, the price comes out to $967.99, which is still a good deal for all that you get. It's just not as good as the $678.99 price of the AMD-based version running on a 2.3GHz Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core ZM-84.