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HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa review

A hulking media machine that excels in sound and vision

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Decent performance
  • Features
  • Blu-ray drive

Against

  • No dedicated graphics
  • Portability
  • Battery life

In terms of features, the HP Pavilion DV7-6002sa is a winner. Bulging with loads of fantastic extras, this laptop offers a lot to the creative professional, although performance lags behind its rivals.

If you have top-secret files and don't want unauthorised persons accessing them, the fingerprint scanner is a good feature. You can use it to log on to the laptop and even gain access to online accounts.

Your data is also protected if you drop this device, as the hard drive locks to lower the risk of damage.

Most laptops can burn DVDs, so you can create films from your home movies or simply burn treasured photos on to disc. However, the HP can also burn labels on to discs using LightScribe technology.

A 750GB hard drive offers excellent storage, easily enough for most multimedia collections.

The 17.3-inch screen is the biggest here and boasts strong viewing angles, producing vibrant images. The HP also has the best sound system here, using its patented Beats Technology to output incredible sound, while the HD webcam allows you to shoot high-definition video.

The HP is powered by an AMD Phenom II chip. It lags behind the best in our benchmarking tests, but still provides enough power to run all of your applications at once.

The HP also uses basic integrated graphics, meaning the processor handles image rendering instead of a dedicated graphics card. Multimedia performance therefore isn't as strong as the Acer, Asus and Lenovo. You can still watch HD video and edit your home movies, but if you're hoping to play games in your downtime, try one of the others.

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Benchmarks

Battery life: 191 minutes
Mobilemark 2007: 202
3DMark 2003: 11,833

Poor portability

This is also a laptop best left at home, with a bulky build that tops 3.1kg. Portability is further hampered by the three-hour battery life. Regular travellers will prefer the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch or Toshiba Satellite L755-15R.

HP dv7 6002sa

Still, it's a reassuringly tough build with no annoying flex. The dark, brushed-metal finish looks good and hides scuff marks well.

A firm isolation-style keyboard is perfect for touch-typing, with the keys well separated, and the touchpad has a subtle glow around its edges which adds extra style.

While the Pavilion DV7's performance is beaten by other laptops at this price point, there's no denying it's an excellent media machine. If you want to get creative at home, the vibrant screen and powerful audio system, along with the excellent range of features, make this a laptop worth a look.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6470M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Finger Print ReaderYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyPavilion dv7-6000
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelN660
ColourDark Umber Metal
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed3 GHz
Processor TypePhenom II
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.43 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT Silver
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelRS880M
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Labeling TechnologyLightScribe
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height31.6 mm
Width416 mm
Depth275 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Seriesdv7-6000
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product Modeldv7-6002sa
Product NamePavilion dv7-6002sa Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePavilion
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLF823EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Need a notebook which gets up and running fast so you can get on with your busy life? The HP Pavilion dv7 helps you manage everything, from photos to finances - and look great, in coolest aluminium.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Pavilion dv7-6002sa Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited Warranty1 Year