HP Pavilion dv8-1190ee
The HP Pavillion can handle games pretty well and has much better specs than most other desktop replacements, but it is expensive
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Display adapter: nVidia GeForce GT 230M
Display screen: 18.4-inch
Internal storage: 500GB x2
Memory: 6GB DDR3
Motherboard: Intel PM55
At a cost of US $2,261 the Pavilion dv8-1190ee is the second most expensive notebook in this test after Toshiba's Qosmio X500-11G.
The Pavilion packs a 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 Q720 processor, 6GB of DDR3 memory and a nVidia GeForce GT 230M with 1GB of memory. The notebook also packs two 500GB hard drives, a 18.4-inch LCD and a Blu-ray combo drive. These specifications put the HP in the same league as the $218 more expensive Toshiba. That said the Toshiba has a better GPU, packs an additional 2GB of RAM and a Blu-ray writer.
On the application front, the HP held its own against the Toshiba quite well in our application tests. Its PCMark Suite, Memories, TV & Movies, Gaming, Music, Communication, Productivity and HDD scores of 6026, 3913, 4175, 6111, 6374, 4128, 4848 and 4204 meant that the dv8 is actually the faster overall application machine. Moving on to gaming however the HP's GT 230M GPU was no match for the Toshiba's GTS 360M; the former managed Street Fighter IV and World in Conflict figures of 31fps and 15fps to the latter's 90fps and 30fps.
Like most of HP's Pavilion notebooks the dv8 boasts handsome good looks and decent build quality. It certainly feels its price and on the usability front we had no complaints with the machine's keyboard and 18.4-inch LCD. The feel of the trackpad wasn't ideal however.