HP Pavilion dv7

  • 2.3 GHz Single core
  • 8 GB
  • 640 GB HDD
Released June, 2012
It might offer considerably more for that money - better build, better screen, slimmer profile, longer battery life, backlit keyboard and an arguably nicer OS - but in practical terms it’s simply not worth that difference.
Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

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First reviewed June, 2012

Features Key features of the HP Pavilion dv7

Front view of HP Pavilion dv7
It offers a sleek design and strong performance, bringing a high-end computing experience to people who are willing to spend more to get the best.
by LaptopMag (Jul, 2008)

screen resolution

HP Pavilion dv7
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
HP ENVY 17
While lower than the 1,920 x 1,080 (Full HD) resolution we might have expected at the price, it should still be plenty for most and is a step up from the 1,366 x 769 pixels found on many 17in laptops.
Pavilion dv7 by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
The 17-inch display has a native resolution of 1680 x 1050.
Pavilion dv7 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2008)

cpu speed

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2.3 GHz

1.8 GHz
3 GHz
3 GHz
This uses a sensor to detect whether the laptop is stationary (on a desk) or being used on your lap, and automatically adjusts clock speeds accordingly to regulate heat.
Pavilion dv7 by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
Its PCMark05 score of 6,307 is about 1,500 points above average for the desktop replacement category (to be fair, we’ve been running PCMark05 on Vista machines when they can’t run PCMark Vantage).
Pavilion dv7 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2008)

processor

HP Pavilion dv7
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
SAMSUNG Series 7 Chronos

memory

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4 GB

4 GB
8 GB
8 GB
Graphics duties are handled by an AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 1GB of RAM.
Pavilion dv7 by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
And while the dv7’s latest Intel processor and generous 3GB of RAM allowed for effortless multitasking, it wasn’t always enough to correct Windows Vista’s quirkiness.
Pavilion dv7 by LaptopMag (Jul, 2008)
 

Performance Real world tests of HP Pavilion dv7

battery life

9 hour
2.25 hour
4.5 hour
You do pay a premium, but if you want the closest thing to a 17in MacBook Pro or you need a large laptop that will last you hours away from the mains, it might just be worth it.
Pavilion dv7 by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
HP has been on a winding road with its laptops recently, with models like the Pavilion dm4-3000ea Beats Edition disappointing us while at the same time the Pavilion dm4-2101 set new standards by lasting over nine hours on a charge.
Pavilion dv7 by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • watch high-definition movies on Blu-Ray discs
  • 9 hour
  • 8 GB
  • 640 GB
  • Jun, 2012
  • 572 MB/s (USB 3.0)

cons

  • 269.2 mm
  • 5,443 g
  • Single core
  • can't read a camera or phone memory card
  • 1080p video will need to be scaled down to fit on the screen

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
Read the review (Apr, 2012)
Unfortunately, as with the other Beats Edition laptops before it, the £950 Pavilion dv7-6b51ea’s main stumbling block is its price, as you can easily get laptops with similar specifications – including screen resolution, CPU/GPU power, memory and storage - for under £800.

Screen

We noticed excellent color and sharpness when watching the Rocky Balboa Blu-ray disc (even in the climactic fight scene), but even in High Performance mode, we wished the screen were a bit brighter.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2008)
If portability isn’t as big an issue, but multimedia is, you’ll be happy with this big-screen machine.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2008)
The dv7 notched 75 frames per second in F.E.A.R. at 1024 x 768-pixel resolution, compared to 37 fps for the 16.4-inch Sony VAIO FW, another new Centrino 2 notebook with discrete graphics, although that system has a lower-end ATI graphics card.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2008)

Storage

Although our unit came with dual 200GB hard drives running at a speedy 7,200 rpm, this option will not be available to consumers.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2008)
Also consider that Apple will charge you more than double for a similarly configured MacBook Pro - £2260, in fact, and that’s without a Blu-ray drive.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
For permanent storage we have a 1TB hard drive, but no SSD.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Uses

On the other hand, firing up Stalker: Call of Pripyat on the same settings got us an unplayable 25.7fps, so anyone who’s half serious about 3D gaming should look elsewhere.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
Its 3DMark03 score of 12,516 is more than 1,000 points above average for this category, even when you include high-end gaming machines.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2008)
Armed with Nvidia’s GeForce 9600M GT graphics card and 512MB dedicated memory, the dv7 is ready for some serious gaming and multimedia usage.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2008)

Keyboard

Our only complaint is the lack of backlighting, which should really come standard on a large laptop costing nearly £1,000.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Size

We weren’t disappointed either, as this 17in HP managed over six hours – that’s one of the best results we’ve yet seen from a consumer machine with a large screen and power-hungry innards.
HP Pavilion dv7 2.3 GHz, 8 GB, 640 GB HDD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Competition What else you should consider

Editions Editions of the HP Pavilion dv7

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Single core None 1,024 GB Pavilion dv7-6199us Entertainment PC
 
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Single core None 640 GB dv7-4267cl
 
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Single core None 640 GB DV7-4285DX
 
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Single core None 640 GB dv7-7030us
 
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Single core None Unknown dv7-4173us
 
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$1,200
Single core None 640 GB dv7-4069wm
 
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Single core None 750 GB LW181UA
 
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Single core None 500 GB XH108UA
 
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Dual core None 1,000 GB LW170UA#ABA
 
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Dual core None 500 GB Pavilion dv7-3165dx
 
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Dual core None 640 GB dv7-5157cl
 
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Dual core None 400 GB DV7-1260US
 
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Dual core None 320 GB DV7-1270US
 
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$440
Dual core None 750 GB 17.3"
 
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Dual core None 640 GB WQ635UA#ABA
 
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Dual core None 500 GB WQ859UA#ABA
 
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Dual core None 320 GB dv7-1444us
 
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Dual core None 320 GB DV7T-3100
 
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Dual core None 320 GB DV7-1240US
 
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Dual core None 500 GB DV7-3065DX
 
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Dual core None 640 GB XG834UA#ABA
 
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Dual core None 750 GB Pavilion dv7-6179us Entertainment PC
 
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Dual core None 750 GB DV7-4280US
 
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Dual core None 500 GB VM237UA#ABA
 
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Dual core None 1 GB WA801UA#ABA
 
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Tri core None 1,000 GB WQ630UA#ABA
 
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Quad core None 640 GB dv7t qe
 
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Quad core None 640 GB DV7-4270US
 
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Quad core None 1,024 GB XG830UA#ABA
 
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Quad core None 500 GB dv7-4296nr
 
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$1,140
Quad core None 750 GB HP Pavilion dv7t dv7tqe Quad Edition
 
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Quad core None 640 GB dv7-4273us
 
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$1,300
Quad core None 1,000 GB dv7-4295us
 
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$1,210
Quad core None 640 GB dv7t
 
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$970
Quad core SD 640 GB Pavilion dv7-6165us Entertainment
 
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