Conclusion: First impressions can be everything, though sometimes these pre-conceived notions can be thrown out the door when companies try hard enough. Before this review unit showed up, my previous experience with HP was with their 2007-2009 Pavilion laptops with the infamous quality control issues, let alone nVidia’s blunder with GPUs of that era. Those laptops weren’t well-built, they would overheat like crazy, and the overall experience was negative.
HP Pavilion dv7-3085dx – with Intel Core i7 Processor
14 January 2010
Excerpt: Excellent hardware, fast processor, plenty of RAM, big screen. Lacks Blu-ray drive, big screen doesn’t have 1080p resolution, the notebook cannot take games with all the settings maximized. Included accessory – Remote control, bundled softwares – Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (60 days trial), Norton Internet Security 2009 (60 days subscription), Microsoft Internet Explorer, Adobe Acrobat Reader, HP MediaSmart Suite, HP Help and Support, CyberLink DVD...
Excerpt: If the HP dv7 looks slightly familiar, it's because it's the latest version of the 17-inch Pavilion, updating the model we looked at a few months back. There have been changes to both the spec and the styling, which fits the design HP is rolling out across its entire notebook range.
Pros: Excellent, stylish design, good sound, generous specs in almost every regard
Cons: Glossy screen surround, AMD/Radeon combination isn't always as powerful as the Intel/Nvidia Optimus version