Summary: Multimedia in an Aluminum Skin. The HP Pavilion dv7 is a multimedia notebook available for less than 800 Euro (~$1035). Although, the buyer might not get the newest hardware, they should be happy with the nice aluminum case.
Pros: Case has good workmanship, Aluminum case, Very good brightness distribution, Great speakers, Fingerprint reader is a nice extra, Decent keyboard/touchpad combo, The aluminum case and the great speakers.
Cons: Reflective display, Poor contrast, Limited processor performance, Quite warm in certain areas, A Full HD matte display and a Blu-ray drive. Unfortunately, this could not fit into HP's budget.
Summary: Refreshed. HP has improved its multimedia laptop, the Pavilion dv7, by adding a graphic card from the new AMD Radeon HD 7000M series. This high-performance desktop replacement (DTR) laptop has a few weaknesses, but its great price-to-performance ratio is guaranteed to entice buyers.
Pros: Great program performance, Powerful graphics card, Sturdy aluminium case, Blu-ray optical drive, 2x USB 3.0, Good battery life, Exceptional performance for a fair price - this argument will attract buyers to the Pavilion dv7. The great hardware components and stylish yet sturdy case are also wort...
Cons: Weak display, Slight throttling, Few workmanship flaws, Somewhat loud under load, Unfortunately, the notebook does not use the amazing Full HD display found in the other configuration of this model. Low contrast and unstable viewing angles are the result. In addition, the manufacturer should pay ...
Summary: Multimedia headquarters. The Pavilion dv7-6b02eg has everything that can be expected from a well-equipped multimedia notebook. In addition to a quad core processor and a top of the range, DirectX 11 graphics card, a solid state drive and a BluRay burner are under the hood.
Pros: Non-glare Full HD screen with good rates, Mostly matt surfaces, High application performance, Great gaming performance, Graphics switching, Solid state drive, BluRay burner, Good looks, 2 USB 3.0 ports, The solid state drive speeds up Windows routine significantly.
Cons: High noise development during load, No eSATA, FireWire or ExpressCard, CPU throttling in the stress test, Somewhat spongy keyboard, High weight, It would be nice if the fan would stay more in the background during load.
Conclusion: The HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx is a solid desktop replacement laptop that adds enticing wireless features, like WiDi 2.0 and WiMAX 4G broadband, underneath its sleek aluminum chassis.
Pros: Core i5 processor offers solid performance. Over nine hours of battery life. Extensive wireless features like WiDi 2.0 and WiMAX 4G broadband. Fingerprint reader. Sleek aluminum chassis. Beats Audio software onboard. USB 3.0 ports.
Cons: No backlit keyboard. Screen falls short of full 1080p HD. Bloatware.
Conclusion: The HP Pavilion dv7-6163cl supplies quad-core performance, switchable graphics, booming audio, and a sleek aluminum chassis at a fair price, making it the affordable media center laptop to beat.
Pros: Strong quad-core performance. Switchable graphics provide strong 3D performance and help increased battery life. Sleek and strong aluminum chassis. Beats Audio delivers outstanding sound. Two-year warranty.
Cons: No Blu-ray drive. Screen resolution falls short of 1080p playback. Clacky mouse buttons. No backlit keyboard. No Bluetooth.
Conclusion: With a roomy display and a good selection of hardware, the HP Pavilion dv7-6163us offers more than a typical mainstream system—but a full-blown (and full-powered) desktop replacement it is not.
Pros: Large screen. Outstanding battery life.
Cons: Not good for gaming. Display resolution too small for 1080p. No USB 3.0 ports.