Circuit City will sell the HP Pavilion dv6439nr notebook for $549.99 on Black Friday, after a $150 rebate. Normally priced at $899, this AMD powered notebook is more expensive than the cheapest Black Friday laptops, but the dv6439nr does have 2GB of memory and a webcam.
The dv6439nr is an excellent value at $549 and should satisfy most home users, as long as they don’t plan on using it for serious video gaming or video editing. The 15.4-inch Brightview widescreen display, with 1280×800 resolution, is big enough to fully enjoy movies and show off your latest photos.
It’s powered by an AMD Athlon dual core processor, which is respectable, but far from the fastest AMD mobile processor. It comes with a 160GB hard drive and DVD burner with dual-layer support.
The HP Pavilion dv6439nr is Circuit City’s version of the dv6400 series. Notebooks in this series are sold by several retailers, with each designating the last two digits and letters to differentiate between stores and exact specifications. For this reason, you will not find the dv6439nr at other retailers during the holiday season. Best Buy is selling a similar model- the dv6409nr for $399, but with only 1GB of memory, a slower hard drive and no webcam.
I’m a fan of HP Pavilion dv6400 series notebooks and its entertainment features, including QuickPlay and its dedicated media buttons at the top of the keyboard. If you can’t make it to Circuit City on Black Friday you can still score some deals on their web site throughout the holiday season.
HP Pavilion dv6439 specs:
Display: 15.4-inch WXGA High-Definition Bright View Widescreen Display
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core TK-53 (512KB L2 Cache)
Hard Drive: 160GB 5400RPM
Memory: 2GB DDR2 Memory (2x 1024MB)
Ports: VGA, 3 x USB 2.0, LAN, modem, stereo headphone jack with SPDIF, S-Video, ExpressCard, HP Expansion port/Port replicator
I/O: Keyboard, TrackPad, HP Media Controls, QuickPlay
Optical: SuperMulti 8x DVDRW with Double Layer Support
Weight: 6.14 pounds
Dimensions 14.05-inches wide x 10.12 inched deep x 1 to 1.69-inch thick
Card Reader: 5-in-1