HP’s introduced two new special edition series that feature new imprint designs. The dv4 Special edition and dv5 Special edition notebooks look great and if worth a look if you want something beyond basic black.
The 15-inch dv5t special edition is available starting at $949 and is decorated with the HP Renewal Imprint Finish, a design HP says is “inspired by new leaves on branches symbolizing rejuvenation and growth.” The Intel based dv5tse is available direct from HP and can be customized to order with a Blu-ray drive and up to a 400GB hard drive.
The 14-inch dv4t special edition notebook starts at $1,099 and is wrapped in HP’s Intensity imprint finish which has a wave theme. An AMD based version called the dv5z special edition will be available form at Best Buy for $1,099.
As always, HP’s done an excellent job in designing these special edition notebooks. Instead of just decorating the lid of the notebooks or slapping a special edition logo on the palm rest as some of its competitors do, HP’s covered just about every surface with the personalized designs. The pattern extends onto the front of the display, palm rest, trackpad and even the keyboard. HP’s finished off the look by manufacturing custom cases and mice to match the special edition notebooks.
The base configurations of the dv5tse and dv4tse include the infinity display and have faster processors than the base configurations of the standard models. Special edition dv5tse and dv4se carry a $150 premium compared to standard edition notebooks with identical specs.
I haven’t had a chance to spend any time with the dv4tse or dv5tse, but I’m sure they’ll be as impressive in person as previous special edition Pavilions like Asian Odyssey and the dv6885se, which I’ve been using on and off over the past several months.
The dv6885se special edition has a copper imprint finish called “Thrive” that looks great and always often draws compliments when its out in public. Like the latest special edition Pavilions, the dv6885se has an available matching mouse and case. You can see a few snapshots I took of the Thrive special edition notebook in the bottom half of the below gallery.