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HP Pavilion dv7-1000ea 17in Entertainment Notebook review

Ardjuna Seghers

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It's not difficult to see how HP has become the world's biggest notebook and PC name, since it generally manufactures high quality, good-looking products that perform well. Today we're looking at what might well turn out to be another, the Pavilion dv7-1000ea.

Equipped with a Blu-ray drive and an eminently affordable price, it certainly is starting well and regular readers might feel a twinge of recognition here, either at the name or, more likely, at the picture. No, it's not Déjà vu, but the dv7-1000ea's smaller sibling that Andy reviewed a while back, which goes under the no less intimidating name of the HP Pavilion dv5-1011ea.

While its naming scheme is the one area where HP could work on, the main difference between the two models is hinted at by the number five in the one, and seven in the other. Whereas the dv5 was a 15.4in notebook, the dv7 is, as you might have guessed, its 17in twin. And when I say twin I mean it; apart from the increase in size and a higher-capacity eight-cell battery compared to the dv5's six-cell model, not much has changed in terms of either looks or specifications.

Going for its looks and chassis first (we're shallow that way), like with the dv5 it's a very attractive beasty. It can basically be divided up into two parts, with the entire lid being black, while the bottom half is silver.

The piano black lid might be a fingerprint magnet, but is easy on the eye despite the barely visible conservative grey grid pattern. Fortunately, a cleaning cloth is provided to keep the notebook in pristine condition. There is a relatively small HP logo in one corner, which becomes backlit in white when the notebook is turned on and it looks very nice.

Indeed, the lighting all over in this notebook is both subtle and useful. White LEDs, as seen on recent Toshiba notebooks (including the Toshiba Qosmio G50-115) are the flavour of the day, turning to orange in their 'negative' state. Apart from the logo, tiny hard drive, power and battery indicators are visible with the lid closed. There's another indicator for num-lock and one above the touchpad, which turns orange when you switch the pad off.

Just below the screen is a silver strip containing the multimedia controls and power button, all backlit in white with the exception of the wireless radio indicator, which is blue. Excluding the power button they're also touch sensitive and each is well-separated and quite responsive, the only potential bugbear being the volume slider where adjustments can be slightly inaccurate.

Getting onto the rest of the notebook's lower half, below the multimedia controls there is an expanse of perforated metal covering the speakers and part of the lower chassis. The rest of it is silver plastic, carrying on the squared pattern from the lid. The patterned finish of the wrist-rests means fingerprints only show up from certain angles, unlike the lid where they are easily visible. Around it all runs classy chrome coloured trim and this is continued around the keyboard and the touchpad buttons, too.

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james1000

October 23, 2008, 3:41 pm

The Hp dv range promised much, but unfortunately delivers little. The dv5 was my next notebook, but not any more. Poor screens coupled with stupid pre purchase configuration options have made this so. I mean, why should you have to choose between a high end processor and a high end graphics card? Why cant you have both?

Andy Vandervell

October 23, 2008, 6:12 pm

Yes, you're right, as both our reviews have demonstrated were it not for the displays these would be great machines.

basicasic

October 24, 2008, 1:29 pm

I've never really understood the point of these gargantuan laptops. They are too big to carry around in any practical sense and as such will spend most of their time on the desktop. So why not just get a desktop in the first place and benefit from a proper keyboard and mouse, great sound system, huge screen, better specced box, with enough money left over for an EeePC to go where you go.





And as for full HD resolution on a 17" screen. Give me a break.

stelios

October 24, 2008, 2:22 pm

Is the screen as bad as in the dv6000/9000 series?

Chris Reed

November 12, 2008, 3:04 pm

I have just bought one of these laptops in the netherlands (albeit a cheaper model) and I can tell you HP must have been listening to the complaints about the screen as my DV-7 1110ed certainly does not have a frameless screen. It appears HP have done away with this (in the european market anyway) in order to make the screen brighter as I can assure you it is plenty bright enough to be viewed in day light although it does still have a reflective coating it is nowhere near as bad as you describe. The viewing angle is pretty good too, though not the best.


It is true that on first start up you could be there a while while it configures itself and whatnot. Also, not including any disks or any description is a bit of a cheak as I would rather not have vista or the recovery partition but that seems to be the way things go these days.


Mine doesn't have blue ray either but still has HDMI which puzzles me but I suppose its a better way to connect to a TV than DVI.


The keyboard is excellent as well by the way, althought the track pad is less so.


All in all an excellent laptop for what I paid � which is about 550 pounds for an Athlon 64 2ghz, 3gb ram, 320 gb hard disk and ATI HD 3450 graphics

os400.1

March 20, 2009, 4:34 am

hows DV7's LCD screen qualiy and brightness compared to MSI EX620 ? is DV7 that bad ?

Wessie

July 10, 2011, 4:26 pm

Serious problem with the DV7 is the screen quality. Contrast is not good enough. When working in a bright environment, this PC can't be used. The worst I've ever worked with. Would I have known this, I would not have bought this PC. Also bright metallic paint on touch pad, wears off. Plastic side not very sturdy as well. Last HP I will ever buy.

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