Conclusion: If you’re looking for a back to school laptop that’s both portable and has the flexibility to be configured as a gaming laptop the dv4t-5100 could definitely fit the bill. It has a unique design with some interesting color options, good audio quality, excellent battery life and a nice selection of ports.
Pros: Great starting price of $549.99 at HP.com, Powerful upgrade options such as Intel Core i7 and Nvidia GT 650M graphics, Appealing design with different color options to fit various tastes, Good audio for a laptop, sub-woofer built-in, Battery life of over 6 hours possible
Cons: Screen is just so-so, no upgrade option available, No keyboard backlight option that’s found in other Pavilions, Glossy surfaces tend to pick up fingerprints
Summary: The performance of our $599 configuration of the HP Pavilion dv4t won't blow you away. But the casual user, who wants a basic machine with satisfying sound, adequate performance, and plenty of style, will find much to like here. Others might find it worthwhile to spend an extra $20 for the Lenovo IdeaPad Y450, which has a higher-resolution display, nearly an additional hour of battery life, and a lighter chassis.
Excerpt: The HP Pavilion dv4t is a 14.1-inch notebook targeted towards those that need to be on the go some of the time, but also need a notebook with a large enough screen to provide for comfortable viewing while at a desk. In other words, the dv4t size is perfectly suited as a student laptop.