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