Pros: Good price. Very sturdy. It's desktop replacement laptop. It's not very heavy but it is big. Has all the features you would need. Gaming is actually decent on it. Can play BC2 easily with most settings maxed out. There are other laptops in this price range but not with the bigger screen and all the bells and whistles dv7 has to offer.
Cons: There are some flaws with this laptop. The touchpad does stop working if you use keyboard and touchpad at the same time but it's not a problem for me.
Overall Review: I bought this elsewhere because the price was much cheaper. Look around and shop!
Pros: Video card can handle most games on the market at good/high settings
Battery last easily 6+ hours if just browsing the web with 8/10 brightness
Games like WoW are nothing if you don't need shadows to be maxed, personally I hate shadowing in WoW
The Screen's back and keyboard rest are aluminum
I think the hinges are half aluminum half plastic
Cons: Bloatware but I have yet to buy a premade machine without some
Where the aluminum and plastic base meet in the front the sealing is not
as tight as I would like it to be. May break if you rest your arms on it very
heavy after tons of use. Just a little bit more then your finger nail, so if you have evil friends or family who mess with things they could break it.
Not worth any rating drop, just stating for people who are really picky
Overall Review: Personally thought this was the best deal on newegg at the time of purchase, shipped in two days, newegg is boss.
Newegg has the best deals 98%+ of the time, even if they don't I still buy from them because of their great service and track record.
Google "unlock hidden admin account windows 7", use this to uninstall all the extras without being asked for admin rights each time. Only VERY advanced users should use this admin account as their default account.
Dislike when people list cons about a laptop with features they knew to begin with where not on it. "No backlit keyboard" you knew that when you bought it, or your just a poor consumer. I would hope most people would know how to type well enough that they don't have to be looking at the keyboard all the time...
Pros: It's the perfect balance between size, performance, power, portability, battery life, and price.
Replaced the slow 5400 RPM hard drives with a 40 GB Corsair SSD and a 750 GB 7200 RPM Western Digital Scorpio Black hard drive, and the speed and battery life of this laptop is through the roof!
Speakers are definitely above average. The 4.1 speakers on it don't compare to the 1000 watt 5.1 speaker system I hook the laptop to, but for on-the-go, they definitely impress.
Touchpad is nice and large, and although the multitouch takes some getting used to, it's pretty useable in my opinion.
LOTS of connectivity! I bought a USB 3.0 external enclosure for a 3.5" 1 TB hard drive, and I notice no speed difference versus the 750 GB internal drive.
Battery life was an impressive 5+ hours even before the SSD upgrade. Now I can get over 6 if I only use the Intel graphics. But even when gaming on the battery, I can get a solid 90 minutes-2 hours playing moderately graphical games.
Cons: Just a bunch of small things, nothing to take an egg for
Wish it came with a 6800M/6900M series graphics card, but then it would be too hot when gaming.
No Bluetooth, but I knew that before I got it and it's a cheap upgrade.
Left side of the keyboard feels loose like a screw is loose or something (the keys can move without pressing them), but it's not that bad.
There's a few other physical imperfections, but they're pretty minor and not really a big deal.
Working with the HDMI output can be tricky at times. The video scaling doesn't always work out, and can either make the picture too big (edges off the screen) or too small to work with. I've got it to work out perfectly about 3/4 the time.
Power brick is HUGE. Practically the size of a real brick. But for 120 watts, that's to be expected I suppose. Luckily it's easy for me to pack.
Screen is alright. I've seen better and worse. It does what it should, and that's about it. Nothing great. Hinges seem like they could
Overall Review: The laptop doesn't even get hot when using the Intel graphics! Stays around 40- 50 C normally, but I've seen it get to about 80 C when gaming in Crysis and GTA 4. Doesn't overheat & shut down like my last HP, which is nice.
The 45 watt Sandy Bridge CPU in this does at 2.0-2.9 GHz what my 140 watt AMD Phenom II 940 quad did at 3.5 GHz.
Fingerprint reader is nice. It gets me logged on, but I don't like using it for website logins.
I really love the brushed aluminum on this. Doesn't scratch or get fingerprints as easily as that ridiculous cheap glossy stuff does. Plus it looks really awesome at the right angle of light.
The only part of this laptop that I wish was better is graphics. Even though the AMD 5850 in my desktop was great at 1080p gaming, I can still use the 6770M to game at 1080p with max or high details most of the time.
The 8 GB of DDR3-1333 (according to the memory sticks) is nice, and is a pretty good upgrade from the 8 GB of DDR2-800 I had before (60% increa
Pros: great performance, fingerprint security, 7200 rpm beastly fast drive, full HD screen
Cons: Bloatware galore on this machine. Of course it's smaller companies paying for it, but a little too much on it. If you want to get rid of easily, type in pcdecrapifier into your search engine, great program, gets rid of all of it. Some video bugs, video occasionally skips along with audio, but great product.
Pros: good processor, good hard drive space, good memory. I like the computer, but read this whole review before buying!
Cons: bloatware on the operating system. IMPORTANT** when you hold down ANY key other than shift or alt or ctrl your mouse will stop working. WILL STOP working. I have verified with tech support that this is a built-in flaw with all of this particular model.
Overall Review: I have been dealing with them since I bought it and it took them 3 weeks to realize what I was saying and to test exactly the problem I'm currently having. don't get this if you like to game... but the mouse problem is a deal breaker for me.
Pros: I have never been a big Intel fan but this i7 works great. Battery last a good while.
Cons: Of course it comes preloaded with junk software.
Pros: good specs, nice price direct from hp. an even 1000 to be exact, well, i got it a little cheaper yet since i'm in college, and a free xbox with my purchase, which was sweet, but will be selling since MS charges to game live, which is seriously lame...would rather go through the manu. especially for 125 less.
cool metal apparatus
Cons: fit and finish is a little shotty.
Overall Review: if you have the issue with the mouse seizing when using the keyboard, you can turn this feature off by going into the mouse settings. took me almost half an hour messing with the settings to figure it out.
i read a complaint here, and i cannot believe hp did not know this. i can't believe the reviewer didn't figure this out, either. i thought i was slow in figuring this out, lol.
Pros: My review is of a similar model bought March 2011 from F**s Electronics. At a similar price. Its HP DV7-4295us. Actually quite identical in fesatures and hardware.
Does anything the user wants.
Also can cook eggs :)
Replaced the Toshiba 1 TB HDD with a Corsair SATA 2 120 GB SSD. It flies!!!! Using the Toshiba original HDD as backup.
Cons: Bloatware. Full of garbage and buggy HP applications.
Windows 7 home premium 64 bit is capped from HP, doesn't allow to upgrade to SP1. HP tech support is missleading. Just restore disks, no full MS Windows 7 instl DVD.
I fixed all issues with it by wipping out the OS, installed an authentic Win 7 Ultimate SP1 OS. Downloaded all drives from HP website for this model, and all MS OS patches, and it works like new.
No bloatware and no garbage. it takes also much less space on the SSD. Tech support wanted me to ship the unit to them under waranty. I said no thanks. I fixed it all but I invested many hours trying to find out what the issues were.
Overall Review: Excellent machine. If people want to prevent frequent overheating and shutdowns, change the power settings from "power performance" to "balanced" or "power saver". I also found that HP power manager utility does a good job on the "balanced" power settings. Good graphics card. Its an AMD/ATI :) 1 GB DDR5 discrete video RAM.
Integral video camera is only optimized for indoor. Outdoors it's over exposed and definite. You have to fiddle with the settings. Integrated "801n" "1000 MB/s" wi-fi card does not connect wirelessly to 300 mbs as advertised. Just 54 mbs on "balanced" power settings and about 104 mbs on "performance setting". With a D-Link DIR-655 dual band wireless router. Not a biggie. I am mostly wired.
Excellent hardware in my view, but with buggy HP installed software , teak buggy and bloatware. It can cause a lot of grief to unexperienced user. HP tech service (chat) are mostly in India, some of them are knowledgeable, some of them are simply igonorant. :) I love this machin