Summary: Equipped with a big screen and a fast Core i7 processor, the HP Pavilion dv7-3085dx is a speedy all-around Windows 7 laptop, but in this price range we expect either Blu-ray or faster gaming graphics.
Cons: Lack of 1080p and Blu-ray limits home theater appeal; gaming performance is middling.
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