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

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

This attractive design is matched by truly excellent build quality. Indeed, it was difficult to find any sign that cost-cutting had been employed anywhere in this machine's construction, which given the far from extortionate price is very encouraging.

Further evidence of this quality can be found in the keyboard. As HP has proved with the 2133 Mini Note, it produces some of the best notebook keyboards and it has done nothing to sully that reputation here. Thanks to their smooth silver finish, keys do feel a little slippery, but they're shaped so well that it's not really an issue. Layout is exemplary, with a very large Enter, right Shift and Backspace keys. And, unlike a few manufacturers, it has found room for a full numeric keypad, something that ought to be a staple of desktop replacements like this.

While the experience of key feedback can be somewhat personal, I found it to be pretty ideal, if somewhat on the light side. Springy response with plenty of travel makes for a pleasant typing experience, and an assured click never leaves you in any doubt if you've hit a key. If one were being particularly picky, it would be good to see HP taking some inspiration from recent Samsung notebooks like the Q310, which offer a secondary Fn key on the right and have brightness and volume controls conveniently located on the cursor keys, but this is a small matter and the dedicated media controls more than make up for this.

Getting onto the touchpad itself, HP is making a clever play for the female market by giving its pad dual functionality as a mirror since it's incredibly reflective. Consequently, not only can you use it to adjust your makeup, but your fingers will glide across it effortlessly provided you don't put too much weight or pressure on it. It's also well proportioned, though it shares the rest of the machine's propensity for fingerprints.

Underneath it the buttons are well built and nicely integrated. Another nice touch is a button above the touchpad that deactivates the touchpad, which is handy if you're using an external mouse and don't want accidentally to hit the touchpad when typing.

Another area where the company has gone to town is when it comes to ports: the Pavilion dv7-1000ea has pretty much every base covered. On the left, you'll find a lock slot, VGA out, an HP docking port, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 1.2 for connecting larger screens, FireWire and two USB 2.0 ports, one of which doubles as e-SATA for the fastest external hard drive access you can get. Furthermore there's a memory card reader handling the usual formats (SD/SDHC, Memory Stick(Pro), MMC and xD card) residing below the 54mm ExpressCard slot.

The ExpressCard slot also houses the included remote. No longer the rarity they once were, remotes are nevertheless not a given inclusion even on entertainment notebooks and its a useful addition even if it's not the most ergonomic remote control you'll ever use.

On the right are a further two USB ports, modem and power jacks, and a Blu-ray drive. As is typical this only reads Blu-ray media, but can burn any writeable DVD format.

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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