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HP Pavilion dv7-6c20us 17.3" (750 GB, AMD A8 Quad-Core, 2.5 GHz, 6 GB) Notebook - Steel Gray - A7B09UA#ABA
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HP Provides One Tough Cookie
Jun 14, 2012
Review by mikefoxwow
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User Rating: Excellent
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Pros:Sturdy, easy to use, packed with the right hardware and software.
Cons:Some keys not positioned for comfort, tendency to pop out. Fingerprint system almost useless.
The Bottom Line: I would rate this 4 stars for its sturdiness, wase of use and performance
When I went looking for a 17" laptop, cost was secondary in my mind. I was looking for a minimum of 8GB of RAM and at least a 500GB hard drive. Everything else was gravy.
Recommend this product?
I looked at other laptops and saw most with less than 8GB, some with larger hard drives, some with DVD Read/Write capabilities and some with keyboard layouts that left me scratching my head as to the key size.
Then I stumbled on this beauty of a computer at a local CompUSA. The HP DV7 caught my eye first for the price, because it was on sale. Then I looked closer at the computer and found that it had my required 8GB of RAM, the 17" display and a 750 GB hard drive. I raised an eyebrow and looked even closer.
I've dealt with laptops that had a touchpad that blended into the computer, making it hard to tell where the touchpad started and ended. The touchpad on the DV7 is very obvious, smooth and very easy to manipulate.
The keyboard layout had keys that were slightly bigger than my last laptop. The only fault I've seen on the keyboad to date is the location and size of the arrow keys, which are smaller than I like and put under the shift key, an awkward position in my opinion. I have also seen the number keys on the top of the keyboard sticking at awkward angles, like they had slightly popped out. Pressing on them results in the key popping back in.
The speed of the computer is adequate for the price, powered by an AMD A6 Quad Core processor. The 8GB of memory helps the overall speed of the system.
The most annoying part of the computer is the fingerprint reading system. I tried to set that up and found that it read my fingerprint intermittently at best. I stopped using that system.
Yet despite the cons, this system is very tough. I accidentally dropped it out of my backback, and practically screamed in terror that the screen might have cracked and my computer would become practically worthless. Yet when I set it up and powered it back on, it performed flawlessly. The only obvious damage was to one corner, which was badly scratched.
The most pleasant surprise of this computer was that it came with a Blu-Ray Player. This was the last selling point I needed to pick it up. The only bad part of that was that the software that plays the BRD's won't let you control it directly from the mouse. Yoiu have to open a separate control to do that.
Overall, I am pleased with my investment. I have a reasonably fast, sturdy computer that gets the job done when I need it!
Amount Paid (US$): 650
Operating System: Windows
Processor speed: over 1000
Screen Size: Greater than 15 inches
RAM: More than 256
Internal Storage: DVD
Hard Drive (GB): Over 50
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