HP Pavilion dv7-1000ea 17in Entertainment Notebook - HP Pavilion dv7-1000ea

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Another issue regarding the display are some rather mediocre viewing angles and more severe reflectivity than you would expect on even a glossy screen. Actually, with any kind of ambient lighting, we're pretty much talking about another mirror here. These factors combine to jump the display down from average to below par. For example, while text is sharp and it's reasonable at distinguishing between grey shades, finding a viewing angle at which this is visible is challenging at best. All of which is not to say that the dv7 can't provide a reasonable film experience, but you'll have to sit directly in front of the screen in a darkened room to get the most out of it, making it difficult for more than one person to view the screen at once.

Moving onto the aural part of the experience, things look up considerably thanks to the Altec Lansing integrated speakers and subwoofer. This set manages plenty of punch, with convincing bass at very audible volume levels and little audible distortion at high volumes. While they are simply no match for the excellent harman/kardons on Toshiba's Qosmio G50-115, they're certainly more than adequate for notebook speakers.

When it comes to battery life, the dv7-1000ea also impresses despite being a 'desktop replacement'. Its 8-cell, 73Whr battery was good for about two and a half hours of DVD playback at full brightness. In our multi-tasking productivity tests it lasted in impressive three hours and 36 minutes, besting both its 15.4in cousin and the Dell Studio 15. This excellence was matched in the lower intensity reading test, where the dv7 lasted for just over four hours. Consequently, this machine could take on light mobile duties, even if its weight, at 3.5 kilos, makes it anything but portable.

Verdict

Overall, the Pavilion dv7-1000ea offers good looks, brilliant ergonomics, loads of connectivity, decent specifications and speakers and even above average battery life for a relatively small outlay. This alone would normally garner it a recommendation, unfortunately HP hasn't conquered the main weakness of its Pavilion range since like its 15.4in bedfellow its display lacks brightness and suffers from prohibitively poor viewing angles. If you can live with this flaw it's still an excellent piece of kit, but it's worth seeking out a demo unit before taking the plunge.

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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