By Ardjuna Seghers
Reviewed: 23 Oct 2008
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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?
Yes, you're right, as both our reviews have demonstrated were it not for the displays these would be great machines.
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.
Is the screen as bad as in the dv6000/9000 series?
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
hows DV7's LCD screen qualiy and brightness compared to MSI EX620 ? is DV7 that bad ?
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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