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HP HDX X16 review: HP HDX X16

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The Good Good performance; excellent screen; great sound.

The Bad Sticky trackpad; showy styling.

The Bottom Line We're not mad about the styling, but, in pretty much every other respect, the HP HDX X16 is a top-class offering. It's a got a great screen, good performance and a Blu-ray drive for watching high-definition movies. You couldn’t ask for much more in an entertainment laptop

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It's no wonder the humble desktop PC looks like it's going the way of the dodo when there are laptops like the HP HDX X16 on the market. Priced at around £975, the configuration reviewed here, the HDX X16-1010EA, boasts pretty much all the power and entertainment prowess you'd expect from a desktop PC, but is packed into a chassis that's portable enough to comfortably move around the home, or ferry between your abode and the office.

The thing that stands out most when you turn on the X16 is its screen. Not only is it relatively large, at 16 inches, but it's also incredibly sharp, because it's got a 'Full HD' resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels. As a result, high-definition movies via the Blu-ray drive look superbly crisp and detailed, with bags of vivid colour.

The X16 is also impressive in the audio department. Most laptops have weedy sound because they lack bass response, but the X16 has a mini subwoofer mounted under the chassis, and this helps it to sound much meatier than your average laptop.

Unfortunately, the X16 wouldn't complete our PCMark05 benchmark tests, but it's built around a fairly speedy 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor and has 4GB of RAM, so it feels very fast in use. Also, because it's loaded with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium, you really get to use all that RAM.

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