Reviews and Problems with HP Pavilion dv97XX series
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Four Years Later, still a formidable unit!
Marcia S., Newegg
2 January 2011
Summary: I've never regretted buying computers with more resources and expandability than I've thought I needed--it allows me to upgrade and use the machines far past the 'usual' three-year 'obselecense' factor!
Pros: Been a great model for college, with ample capabilities for the software demands AND entertainment capabilities, too!
Cons: Not HP's fault: I bought a display model that had been directly in contact with a solid sheet metal shelf. I've had to send it in twice for warranty work (but to the third-party extended warranty outfit, not HP) for new MBx2, new primary HDx1, and new RAM x2. The motherboard alone cost twice what...
Summary: Excellent Design, packed with features. I bought the DV9745US from a store. It had all the same features but came with a 1.67GHZ Processor and 320GB of Storage for $1399.00. I loaded Crysis and ran it at 21 FPS,I expected it to be slow. But then I bought the 2.4 T7700 CPU from Newegg.
Pros: Excellent design. The case is sturdy and very attractive. It is packed with features that are becoming standard on all laptops. 3 Gigs for 32-Bit OS is perfect. The Webcam and Mic are fast. The Blu-Ray Player looks great on the laptop and perfect when using HDMI on an external LCD. The touchpad i...
Cons: 5400 RPM Hard Drive. Mine Came with 2 160GB 5400 RPM Western Digitals. I replaced them both with 2 200GB 7200 RPM Western Digitals. Then I put the 160's in a USB case for 10.00 each to use as extra back ups. If your a Gamer you already know 5400 does not cut it.
Summary: - Someone still needs to come up with a scratch/fingerprint-free finish! Nice finish indeed, but be careful, specially with your watches... - Bill Gates still wants you to run Vista on this one, but you can make it go XP with a little patience
Pros: - It's Fast - Bluray Player - HDMI port - GforceM 8600 GS - dx10/h264 decoding - fast little thing - Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN - Wireless N - Half terabyte of storage split into 2 x 250g disks - Price x features compared to other current vendors would be 2x more at least
Cons: - No hardware RAID option with those 2 hdds, guess thats expecting too much
Pros: This is the second 17" HP laptop I have bought recently. The great thing about this computer are all of the features. A lot of hard drive space, memory, and a fast processor. I hook it up to my entertainment system with an HDMI cable and now I have a Blue Ray drive to watch movies on my LCD HDTV....
Cons: I would like a little higher resolution and I don't care for the small right shift key.
Summary: Newegg should not have to offer products where the manufacturer then undersells them at their own site. HP has the 9700t even with the Penryn 2.5 for much less money (especially with a coupon). I love NewEgg and that's not fair to them or to their customers.
Pros: This is a very nice machine. I compared the major manufacturers and the HP's have superior fit, finish and design. I replaced my old Hp DV4000 with my 9700t. It has an Intel processor - I like that.
Cons: Too bad it lacks the bluetooth, the higher res screen, the fingerprint reader, the flexibility of a custom build etc, etc. I love to loathe HP, great machines but their service and repair departments are just so terrible.
Summary: A SOLID buy if you can afford the $1600. Well worth the money IMHO.
Pros: Port selection and layout is just what I need. The display is crisp, clean, and no dead pixels so far. The video card ROCKS! It has handled absolutely everything I've thrown at it so far (NWN2, Crysis, WOW)with no problem.
Cons: The Blueray player is a bit skittish sometimes. I just eject the disk and do it again and it works fine.
Summary: Even tho it does not have full 1080p Resolution, I am still very happy with the purchase. If i want to watch it in full 1080P, I just hook it to my DLP TV, and watch it on 56" =).
Pros: This system is fast, runs Call of Duty 4 w/ max settings quite well, scored over 8500 3d marks on '06. Not a value PC at all, but value priced!
Cons: Not a 1080p display =(. Not a 64 bit Vista =(. Blu Ray output looks good, but not as good as would be in 1080p. Does not come w/ blu ray video playback software, tho it does come w/ 30 gigs of bloatware from HP ><.