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HP Pavilion DV7 Laptop Review

The HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA is a stylish laptop with a tough aluminum chassis and a clean design.  The chassis is not compact, but the sleek appearance of the laptop gives feeling of a premium product. The laptop  is equipped with a big 17.3” screen, decent set of ports, a DVD drive, a dual core AMD processor, 6GB RAM and 1TB SATA HDD. Weighing around 3kg, the HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA is quite heavy and will not easily fit in a rucksack.

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Specifications

HP Pavilion DV7 Side LeftThe HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA has some average and few good system components. Overall, the configuration of the HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA is quite good. The HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA features an AMD A4-3310MX processor with a clock speed of 2.1GHz, a discrete GPU (AMD Radeon HD 6515G2) and 6GB RAM in single channel mode.  The memory can be expanded up to 8GB. The most notable feature of HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA is its big 17-inch glossy screen rendering a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels.  The laptop features a 1TB hard drive and a DVD drive.

The company has added an AMD Radeon HD 6515G2 GPU with 512GB dedicated graphics memory to the configuration.  The HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA includes a modest array of ports.  You will see  2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports,  headphone output and microphone input and a memory card reader slot in the HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA.   HP has also provided an HDMI and VGA port.  The HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA offers essential networking options such as Bluetooth, WI-Fi and Ethernet port for wired Internet. The machine is preloaded with Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit edition. It is fitted with a black keyboard featuring a separate numeric pad. The touchpad in the HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA is of average size.

Other Specifications

  • CPU: AMD A4-3310MX 2.10 GHZ
  • OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Memory: 6GB expandable up to 8GB
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6515G2 with 512MB memory
  • Display: 17.3 inch screen supporting 1,600×900 resolutions
  • WLAN: 802.11n
  • DVD: DVD+/-RW +/-DL Drive
  • Dimensions: 36x416x275mm

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Performance

HP Pavilion DV7 Side ClosedPowered by an entry level AMD processor (2.1 GHz clock frequency) and 6 GB memory, the HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA offers decent performance in daily computing tasks and multimedia.  You may find HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA a struggle to operate if you try any processor-intensive tasks such as audio or video editing.

The big 17.5” screen and 1 TB hard disk capacity makes it a good choice for entertainment.  The color depth and brightness of the screen is also good and ensures good performance in indoor and outdoor lighting. However, the 1600 x 900 pixels resolution of the screen is not enough to play HD movies. The performance of the onboard GPU or the discrete graphics card is mediocre.  You will not be able to play recently released games at peak settings on the laptop. However, you may be able to play some older game titles at reduced or maximum settings.

The TrackPad feel is bit stickier and the buttons aren’t good enough. The buttons on the touchpad are fat aHP Pavilion DV6 Topnd unpleasant to click, yet firm and quite responsive. You get a cheap plastic feel when you use the touchpad. The keyboard has big keys that have a good tactile feel. The keys are well-placed and are comfortable to type on.  The function keys also acts as multimedia keys. The glossy finish on the screen is overly reflective, which can cause discomfort to your eyes when you use the laptop in a brightly lit room.

You may have to tilt the screen to a greater angle to get rid of reflections. However, the big screen size and higher resolution allows you to view two documents at once or view 720p video content comfortably on the screen. The branded speakers fitted in the HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA are a big disappointment.  The speakers sound good at lower levels but get distorted at higher levels. The bass also sounds weaker.  The battery life is around six hours, which is commendable for a laptop that has a big screen size and a discrete graphics processor. The DVD drive fitted in HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA is good enough to play single layer and dual-layer DVDs.

Verdict

The big display and 1TB hard drive capacity makes the HP Pavilion DV7- 6101SA a perfect entertainment laptop that can also be used for casual gaming and regular computing tasks. However, the bigger dimensions and 3kg weight makes it less portable.  The AMD graphic CPU is good enough to play older games.  The low-end processor performs well and gives you adequate performance when it comes to 3D and movie watching.  Despite the budget price, the laptop has a sturdy build, aluminium chassis and decent components that are apt for daily computing tasks.

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.