Conclusion: I really like the dv7t Quad. It’s got a few little quirks that I wish weren’t there, like the smudginess of the finish, the loud fan, and the missing light for the number lock. It’s also missing some features like a back-lit keyboard. But the pluses outweigh these small negatives. Having two drive bays underneath is an incredibly powerful arrangement, allowing you to have both an SSD and HDD in the same unit.
Pros: 1080p screen is really nice, extremely bright and great matte finish, Dual drive bays allows for two HDs or SSD / HD combo, Spacious keyboard, Speakers have good sound quality, Great price for the features and performance you get, especially when using a coupon
Cons: Loud fans, System gets warm when gaming, Number Lock key has no light to indicate when it is on, Dark umber case finish picks up fingerprints easily, Glossy bezel around screen can reflect light and be annoying
Conclusion: For $1,604 as we tested it, the HP Pavilion dv7t is about as good as it gets for a desktop-replacement laptop that isn’t specifically geared toward gaming. The Acer Aspire AS8950G-9839 is the closest competition here, but the dv7t beats it in performance—making the dv7t clearly the better buy. The dv7t isn’t the best in class, but in this configuration, it does very well for the money. You can certainly find faster notebooks, but you’ll pay big for them.
Pros: Performance is strong for price, Superb speakers, Long battery life, Blu-ray drive, Comfortable keyboard
Cons: Quirky Blu-ray software, Lid smudges, Poor Webcam
Summary: Consumers on the market for a multimedia notebook with good looks and strong performance should definitely consider the HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition notebook. The quad-core Core i7 CPU can seamlessly stream movies, edit video, and perform just about any other task you can think of, while the AMD graphics deliver solid frame rates on the latest games. Beats Audio is another plus.
Summary: Forget the peripherals right now, though. Without the docking station, the HP Pavilion dv7t slightly stumbles as an end-all, be-all entertainment unit. If you're looking for the whole package, consider Toshiba's Qosmio line of massive desktop replacement PCs. They're hardly portable, but the Qosmios (or is that Qosmii for plural?) have consistently incorporated terrific audio into their designs.