The Bottom Line
- Blu-ray Drive
- Excellent Price
- Display Resolution Doesn't Support True 1080p Hi-Def
- Limited 3D Performance
- Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray ROM and DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner Combo Drive
- 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD Display with 1.3MP Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS Graphics with 256MB Memory
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, FireWire, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 14.1" x 10.1" x 1.7" @ 6.8 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Works, Photosmart Essentials, AutoProducer, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - HP Pavilion dv6880se Special Edition Thin and Light Notebook
5/24/08 - For a special edition notebook, the Pavilion dv6880se actually doesn't really look all that different from a standard Pavilion dv6000. The main difference is in the general appearance. The dv6880se uses silver for the keyboard and has a white LCD lib cover with Influx print over the more traditional black and silver designs.
HP's Pavilion dv6880se laptop uses a bit older Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 dual core processor rather than a newer T7000 or even T8000 series. This does give it a bit less performance than the newer models and it doesn't have as strong of battery life, but it still has more than enough processing power for the average consumer. The 3GB of DDR2 memory is also a nice step up from the standard 2GB. This allows the system to run a bit more smoothly with the Vista operating system.
With the death of the HD-DVD format, Blu-ray is now the defacto high definition video format. HP has managed to include a Blu-ray ROM and DVD burner combo drive on the Pavilion dv6880se. This is probably one of the least expensive notebooks on the market to feature such a drive. This makes the laptop a great mobile movie platform. The darwback to this is the screen doesn't have high enough resolution to support the 1080p resolution. There is an HDMI output to hook it up to a TV though.
The biggest flaw with the dv6880se though is the graphics. It does feature a NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS graphics processor, but this lacks much of the performance required for those that might think of using it for 3D PC gaming. It does provide a nice performance boost for decoding high definition video streams though.