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

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers


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HP has kept the front of its notebook fairly clean, housing only the infrared sensor and audio connections. One of those little touches you might expect from a market leader is that there are twin headphone ports as standard, ideal for watching a film with your better half without disturbing anyone. They also double as S/PDIF (digital audio out), combining with the HDMI output and the Blu-ray drive to make this the possible centre of your home entertainment system.

Internally there's an Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 is running at what might seem a lowly 2.0GHz, but this being a Centrino 2 model, it utilizes a 1,066MHz front side bus and fits in an efficient 25W thermal envelope compared to the usual 35W. This is backed by a generous 320GB 5,400RPM hard drive and a very capable 4GB of 800MHz DDR2 RAM. This amount of memory will be somewhat underused by the 32-bit version of Windows Vista Premium, but better too much than too little and you won't have to upgrade if you ever switch to a 64-bit OS.

Wi-Fi is well taken care of by an Intel Draft-N Wi-Fi module, but the Pavilion's cable-free credentials do take a bit of dent due to the baffling absence of Bluetooth. This might be acceptable on low-end budget notebooks, but it's something you'd expect to find in a notebook of this price.

Meanwhile a GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics chip with 512MB of memory makes for a very capable entertainment machine, while not being too much of a gaming slouch either. At high detail, with 2x anti-aliasing and 4x filtering, TrackMania Nations Forever returned a score of 30.2FPS. While this is slightly lower than HP's Pavilion dv5-1011ea despite featuring exactly the same components, the test was run at a higher resolution because dv7's 17in panel is 1,440 x 900 compared the former's 1,280 x 800. This might have an effect on the settings you can run in some games, but nonetheless the dv7 is capable of playing games at reasonable settings.

Unfortunately, the resolution might have changed but nothing else has, meaning the screen is still the weakest factor of HP's Pavilion range. This is due to HP's new glossy plastic screen cover that stretches across the front of the screen, creating a seamlessly flat bezel. Though this does create a striking visual effect, it also reduces the brightness of the screen compared to other notebooks and given the choice a brighter and more legible display would be preferable. We could also complain about HP not taking the opportunity to upgrade the resolution to a Full HD compatible 1,920 x 1,200, but the advantages are icons that are easier to see and better performance in games - something that many people may appreciate - as well as the cheaper price.

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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.


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.


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


March 20, 2009, 4:34 am

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


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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