Hewlett Packard was given the task, make a laptop that had everything including the kitchen-sink. They answered the call, the HDX18 series. This became my dream laptop, which I still use and love today, read the article, Hewlett Packard has yet to top this model even after its sunset, it still holds high marks today.
I am in the technology field for over fifteen years and I saw how technology was growing in leaps and bounds, I knew at some point, I’d have to buy a laptop computer, that would allow me to create my world music and film scores, while still giving me the graphical power for my virtual worlds that I create when I render 3D objects and virtual worlds for conceptual websites as well as desktop publishing.
I was biding my time, allowing the hardware between Macintosh and PC's to become even and that occurred with the introduction of the Intel Processor on the Macintosh side. The major factor was about how much power I can get in a laptop, and the price point. In the days of old, if you wanted ultimate power, you would purchase a desktop computer, and keep the laptop for portability, but the times have changed, and now you can at last, have your cake and eat it too.
The HDX18 has 2 main qualifying factors, you can get it’s a Dual Core, or as a Quad Core – which is exactly what I choose to do. My Quad Core setup is the End Game for all other laptops as you start with a very sexy case design, a display that opens w/o the need of a display lock (like other laptops have), a stellar 18.4" display that for its size, I'd rather watch my Blue-Ray movies on it, then my 50" Grand Wega I have at home!!! The fact that I have DUAL hard drive bays, (I have a SSD-60GB as my primary and the 500 GB as my 2nd), a HDTV tuner, its HDMI ready - I can control any HDMI display, using my HDX18 as the core system.
The surprise was I didn't realize it had a DDR built in, which is Cable/Dish/HDTV Antenna ready, just program and go! The Light scribe burner is a nice touch, saves time and makes all my DVD's/CD's very professional looking, the Biometrics’ for security and the HP Webcam, not to mention the amazing sound of the Altec Lansing sound system WITH A SUBWOOFER (that really works!) and the Dolby Home Theater all under the roof of HDX18.
The Quad Core processor, the 1gb of Video memory, I can crank up my Second Life environment to MAX - and let me tell you, it’s quite stunning now.. If anything, you at times have TOO much power for a video game..
Anything you want to play, you CAN... The DDR3 memory is uber quick, the 4 GB’s I have on my system now, I don't have any system wants (outside of one day upgrading to the 8 GB of ram, which maxes out this laptop)! All in all, if you have been waiting for a laptop to get, your wait is OVER.
If you can't make it happen with the HDX18, IT CAN'T BE DONE! I've had every kind of Laptop, Notebook, Micro-PC, UMPC, and I have to say, if you want, need, desire, dream of the power of a desktop system, portable, the HDX18 grants every wish, want, and desire. I myself use it for CGI-Rendering and Music Composing/Scoring/Recording and all I can do is keep smiling, with my ear-to-ear grin and out loud I express WOW... Many of my Macintosh friends are grumpy with my decision to go with theHDX18, some have even jokingly called me a traitor, but I keep telling them, “I’d buy a Quad Core laptop, with ½ of the HDX18’s features, IF Apple made one… and as of 8-3-2009 in a laptop, they don’t…
So to end this conversation, when people ask me, am I a Mac user, or a PC user… I have to say, I’ve lived in the Macintosh world and created amazing virtual landscapes, composed music, crafted websites and played games, and the PC world since I’ve returned, I’ve scored music, I’m learning Turkish with the Rosetta Stone software, Was allowed to crank up my Second Life environment to the MAX and my hardware didn’t choke, I’ve Watched Blue-Ray movies and have been blown away, watched HDTV on my laptop and been amazed, and the world is my oyster now that I’m on the HDX18.