Maybe the corner store was out of trumpets. For all we know, Hewlett-Packard's PR guy is off on vacation. Lucky for us, the Internet affords no secrets, so even if HP doesn't feel like making a big deal out of its new g6s notebook series, this 15.6-inch Sandy Bridge laptop will still get the same attention we give to all new gear.
A base configuration starts at $575, so long as you want the lid swathed in "sonoma red," "sweet purple," "luminous rose," or "pacific blue." If you're okay with "charcoal grey," HP will knock $25 off the starting price.
Let's talk specs. For $575/$550, the g6s comes delivered with an Intel Core i3 2310M processor, 4GB DDR3 memory (free upgrade from 3GB), Intel HD 3000 graphics, 500GB 5400RPM hard drive (free upgrade from 320GB), 8X DVD burner, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, webcam, Altec Lansing speakers, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, multi-card reader, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 6-cell battery.
There are, of course, several upgrade options, like more RAM, faster processors, bigger and faster spinning hard drives, Blu-ray drive, and other odds and ends.