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
Excerpt: HP's dv7-1000ea is a large, Blu-ray-equipped laptop for less than £800 including VAT. It has a stylish glossy black lid and screen bezel, and there's room inside for a full keyboard with number pad. The big touch pad has a shiny surface. We've previously had trouble with such designs, but this one is surprisingly accurate. A touch-sensitive panel above the keyboard has media playback short cuts, a volume control and a short cut to the bundled QuickPlay media software.