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15.02.2011 (21.02.2011)

Advantages:
Screen quality, aesthetics and build quality all for a reasonable retail price .

Disadvantages:
The colour differentiation when not connected to an AC power cord

Recommendable Yes:

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Memory / capacityGood

Ease of useVery easy

Range of Extra FeaturesExcellent

Instruction manualGood

Manufacturer SupportExcellent

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==HP Pavilion Dv7==

Introduction

During the Christmas sales one can usually pick up a nice pair of three year old shoes that have been collecting dust for the past months as they were a dingy colour no one in their right mind wanted. Last Christmas I bought no such products that disappoint you after the first six minutes of usage - I bought the HP Pavilion DV7.

First Impressions

First impressions of the product were positive; it was from a reputable brand - Hewlett-Packard- that has years of experience in the I.T world, the price was attractive for the technology that was on offer (important to note that similar to other models this laptop also has the Beats Audio system - which provides top class audio performance with videos, music and most importantly for me games) and finally most probably my favourite aspect; the aesthetics. It looks sleek, slim-line and luscious - It would quite easily suit a dashing red two piece; it is gorgeous.

I personally believe it would look exceptional in any environment at work, on the train or at home. The screen is also of fantastic quality offering HD graphics, that can be streamed through and even high resolution TV. The graphics are further improved by the ATI Mobility Radeon Premium Graphics card; providing crisp powerful graphics.

Functionality

The actual hardware and mechanics of the HP Pavilion DV7 are to a standard one would expect from HP. The triple core processor provides sufficient speed and performance for handling even the most data thirsty programmes such as Microsoft Word, Apple ITunes and Internet Explorer. Windows seven is also an added bonus (I will be releasing a review for Windows 7 imminently).

The DV7 features HP true vision webcam which is of course an added bonus, it produces decent quality stills as well as enabling full length video conversations - it is a very welcomed bonus!

The keypad

The keyboard is massive, not only does this improve functionality I personally think it looks brilliant too. The large keyboard takes some time to get used to as similar to tiny key pads the spacing is slightly different and one needs to adapt before fully appreciating the quality of the feature. The keyboard seems well made and feels secure under touch which is and additional bonus when typing - it makes typing fun once more.

HDMI capabilities

This laptop features one HDMI port on the right of the chassis, which in simple terms allows you to use a HDMI cable (which would need to be bought separately) to connect your laptop to a larger display such as a 42 inch HD television, which is absolutely awesome. It turns out that in size 72 the letters are larger than a baby - like I said Awesome!

The screen

17 inches or LCD, High definition, glossy widescreen display - is it necessary to elaborate. It is an absolute pleasure to work on, use and watch, it really was the main reason why I bought this laptop in the first place, and remains one of my favourite bits about the product. Now I have become accustomed to the oversized screen I cannot imagine using anything smaller, I cannot stress enough - it's a pleasure, a dream a God send, it's FANTASTIC!

Negatives

The laptop only has one problem. When the laptop is not plugged in you will notice that the colour differentiation due to the energy saving options means that whites can merge into greys - but do not worry as this is easily solved by readjusting the colour and brightness settings found in the control panel.

Conclusion

The HP Pavilion DV7 is a superb laptop especially considering the price of £599 (from PC World or Curry's) which is actually rather cheap compared to its competitors. The screen quality is unmatchable for a laptop under six hundred pounds especially with the 17 Inch model. It runs succinctly and smartly - it is a top class machine and I would recommend this to anyone!

This review is also on my dooyoo page under the same name (feel free to have a look and tell me what you think of those reviews :) )


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JAVER1967 21.02.2011 11:01

Excellent review

lilloulfc 15.02.2011 23:04

nice review :)

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With a striking, liquid metallic industrial design on the outside and powerful entertainment capabilities on the in...

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MPN FV813EA#ABU
System Type Notebook
Recommended Use Home use

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CPU AMD Turion X2 mobile processor RM-72 / 2.1 GHz
Number of Cores Dual-Core
Cache L2 - 1 MB

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