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HP HDX16-1000 16in multimedia laptop

Music and movie heavyweight

Running the machine through standard benchmarks shows a design with a lot of potential. PCMark Vantage 64 returned an overall index of 3803, which is a reasonable score.

PCMark Vantage Results

HP HDX16-1000 - PCMark Vantage Results

Longer bars are better

The HP didn’t do so well on 3DMark Vantage's Performance setting, however, giving an overall score of 1263 and separate CPU and GPU indexes of 4433 and 1020, respectively. These Futuremark simulations work the system harder than current games, and we saw frame rates in the region of 60f/s in World of Warcraft, for example.

3DMark Vantage Results

HP HDX16-1000 - PCMark Vantage Results

Longer bars are better

Although it has a six-cell, 55Wh lithium-ion battery, the laptop only managed two-and-a-quarter hours of video playback on a single charge, which is enough for a movie, but not much more. If you’re on an InterCity journey, make use of the complimentary mains sockets.

Not that you'll really want to be taking this boy out and about with you. It may be less bulky than its predecessor, but it still weighs 3.4kg. And at 379 x 335 x 33.2-44.2mm in size, you'll need some big, tough luggage to carry it around in.

But is it all worth a grand? It's not woefully over-priced - it's a branded product and you're paying for the name. You can certainly spec up a 15in or 17in notebook to offer what the HDX-16 does for a fair bit less that £999.

Verdict

HP's HDX16 is a multimedia powerhouse, handling TV, HD content and music with aplomb. It's not a games machine, but it'll run most modern titles well enough to suit casual players. Just don't expect to do all this multimedia malarkey for too long away from the mains, OK?

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HP HDX16-1000 16in multimedia laptop

A stylish 16in laptop with a full HD screen that's great for movies and sound, but which can also be pressed into playing games.
Price: £999 RRP