Product: HP Compaq nx7000 business notebook Price: Starts at HK$13,988 Pros: The widescreen display and Centrino system offer increased productivity and mobility Cons: Must pay extra to get Bluetooth wireless connectivity For months it seemed like Hewlett-Packard would be the only large computer maker to steer clear of Intel's Centrino chipset. The reason was that HP had developed its own system to efficiently link its notebook computers to wireless local-area networks used in 'hot spots', such as airports, shopping malls and coffee houses. Apparently, however, Intel has pushed enough buttons in the market since March - when it launched a US$300 million global marketing campaign to support the Centrino silicon and software package - to make HP believe there is sufficient demand to warrant the release of its own Centrino-based laptop. The nx7000, HP Compaq's first Centrino-based notebook, was designed for business professionals who will appreciate its 15.4-inch wide-aspect ratio display. Being 20 per cent wider than traditional 15-inch notebook displays, the nx7000 is ideal for working on multiple applications side by side on the same screen, viewing spreadsheets, editing digital images and video for desktop publishing or other graphics-intensive work. HP officials say the widescreen display is also 20 per cent brighter than traditional notebook screens, with 33 per cent wider viewing angles and an improved contrast ratio. The business notebook is also easy to carry. It is 3.45cm thick and weighs just 2.95kg. Other features include a Pentium-M processor of either 1.4-gigahertz or 1.6GHz; up to five hours of battery life; a choice of either ATI's Mobility Radeon 7500 or Radeon 9200 graphics controller card for enhanced multimedia performance; up to two gigabytes of system memory; JBL Pro speakers; and a choice of either a 40GB or 60GB hard drive. The notebook is also built with an IEEE 1394 connection for blazingly fast connections to digital camcorders and other consumer electronics devices, and an integrated Secure Digital/MultiMedia memory card slot that allows for quick transfer of digital photos, music or other files to digital cameras, printers and other handheld computing or communications devices.