HP now shipping Penryn laptops reports that now offers laptop configurations using the latest Intel Penryn processors, with speeds up to 2.5 GHz.

The Pavilion dv2700t, dv6700t and dv9700t can now be customized with the said Penryn processors, offering 6MB of L2 cache resulting up to a 10% performance increase compared to equivalent Santa Rosa chips. The 2.5 GHz Penryn chip goes by the code T9300.

HP is first in offering these new processors though it certainly comes at a premium: 225 USD more than the preceding high–end Santa Rosa processor.

With this development, Dell and other major laptop makers will surely offer the said processors in the coming days. From the consumers’ standpoint, this could only be a good thing — the price of Santa Rosa based notebooks and the even cheaper ones will get even lower, and technology will trickle down to the cheapest models. More bang for our bucks!