HP's chief advantage over rival Dell is that it sells both Intel- and AMD-powered machines, giving customers a greater array of choice. With the new dv5000 and V5000, HP offers AMD-fueled alternatives to its great Pavilion dv4000 and almost-as-good Presario V4000 models. More importantly, HP pushes the starting prices of these systems down to $749 for the dv5000 and $699 for the V5000. We like it.
Also receiving a makeover is the Pavilion dv8000, which now can be configured with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and a PCI Express card TV tuner. Equally exciting, the new dv8000 has a dual-lamp display--a crucial update, as the original dv8000's dim screen was its Achilles' heel.
Finally, HP announced the nc6140 Notebook PC, its first laptop with WWAN capabilities. We tested the nc6140 back in December, and you can find our full review here.