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HP HDX X18 review: HP HDX X18

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The Good Great screen; good performance; built-in Blu-ray drive and TV tuner.

The Bad Expensive; overly showy design.

The Bottom Line We're not totally convinced by the showy design, but, in most other respects, the HP HDX X18 is an excellent entertainment laptop that offers truckloads of features and bags of power

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With a fast processor, Blu-ray drive and 18-inch 1080p screen, the HP HDX X18's spec sheet reads like a wishlist of the components you'd want in any entertainment laptop. But the configuration reviewed here, the HDX X18-1005EA, priced at around £1,200, isn't exactly wallet-friendly. Is it worth the considerably outlay?

The X18 is a big bruiser of a laptop, but all that extra space is put to good use with a stunning 18-inch screen. The display is fantastically bright, produces superb-looking colours and also has a 'Full HD' 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, so you can enjoy high-definition movies at their best via the built-in Blu-ray drive.

What's more, the X18 also doubles up as a TV. It has a built-in TV tuner, so you can connect up the mini external aerial, sit back and relax, controlling the X18 via either a Windows Media Center remote or the smaller included remote, which can be neatly stored away in the PC Card slot.

Unfortunately, the laptop refused to complete our PCMark05 benchmark tests. But, in use, the combination of the Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz processor and generous 4GB of RAM means that the X18 feels very speedy when multitasking.

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