HP Pavilion dv7t [Preview]

clip_image002Manufacturers: Hewlett-Packard (HP)

Class: HP Pavilion

Model: HP dv7t

Price: Rs. 62,000 approx

Specs Overview:

  • Operating System: Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-380M Dual Core Processor 2.53 GHz
  • Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics – For Dual Core Processors
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB, 7200 RPM
  • Battery: 6 cell, 5 hours max
  • Display: 17.3” LED
  • DVD-ROM: 8x R/RW with double layer support
  • Webcam: HP Integrated Webcam
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g/n

Windows 7’s magic:

Win-7 is by-far the best OS Microsoft has come up with. This laptop is preloaded with Win-7 instead of Vista (which is still pre-installed in some systems). Windows 7 is strongly recommended for anyone who is deciding to buy a laptop in near future. Unlike Vista, it wouldn’t hang your laptop all the time and you would not have to care about making a backup of your data every week. Windows-7 is a big YES feature for this laptop.

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Easy typing along with elegant looks:

The keyboard of this system has flat keys which can be very appealing to people who type a lot. So if you are a student who types a lot, a corporate worker or an avid blogger, this is the machine for you. Another thing that I have personal experience with, is that compared to other brands out there, HP keyboards are less prone to damage by dust or usage.

The touch based volume and other controls also add elegance as well as ease to the system.

Sounds good!!”:

This laptop’s sound quality is better than other laptops in the same range. Earlier Pavilions had some issues due to low volume but this system has pretty good volume even at high levels and does not produce the dreaded torn-drum sound.

Its internal sound controls also support different speakers than those of built-in, in case you are hoping to connect some other speakers. It also has a detailed control panel for bass, treble, system loudness and room size equalizer.

Finger Print Reader:

It has a finger print reader that can also manage you logins for different websites and messengers. This is especially convenient when you don’t want the messenger to remember your password because of privacy and you also don’t like typing it every single time.

The only drawback of this feature is that it can remember the site logins only if you are using Internet Explorer.

Gaming gone bad:

This machine lacks a good gaming card. I have played heavy games on INTEL cards and they are very low in performance. There are many features in newer games that you are missing because of the poor card being used. There is an option to upgrade the card by the company itself but it will of course cost you good.

No Pre-Installed Software:

This laptop comes with no pre-installed software. Even older versions of HP have a 30 or 60 day subscription for Norton and latest Microsoft office but you don’t get those in this system.

This is especially a disappointment because most companies do provide their users with legal copies of many software or at least trial versions.

All that shines can get dirty:

The surface of this laptop is glossy. Apparently it will look good but the beauty is lost when you start touching it. It will be full of your finger prints in just an hour.

This is a problem that has been haunting Pavilion users for too long now. It ruins the beauty of the machine and makes it look a little dirty.

Recovery Discs:

There are no recovery discs given with the system. However there is a recovery drive already partitioned in the system. But external recovery discs could have been useful if you messed up big time.

Heating Issues:

Some users have faced heating issues with this laptop. It is certainly not known that this issue was found with a certain manufactured lot or this problem is with all the systems.

A good tip to avoid it is keep the laptop on a hard surface rather than a bed, sofa or even your lap.

Official Rating: 4.3/5

Underline:

It is excellent for office work as well as regular entertainment without a hefty price tag but if you are a hardcore gamer, customize it and go for a better graphics card.


  • Waqas ul hasan

    Can anyone tell where to get it in pindi??

    • salman

      mr. waqas i will say that its not a good laptop. my all friends and family members having hp laptops are unsatisfied. hp laptops heat up and shut downs. this a common problem in all hp models. go for dell or ibm lenovo. i m using ibm lenovo from 3 years on my bed and never got any issue of over heating.

  • Saad

    @ salman,
    i have never had the heating problem and iv changed 3 hp laptops. but i just wanted to say that laptop put directly on bed can be very dangerous if it gets even a little hot or u accedantally fall asleep.

    • salman

      u r lucky 1 whose hp laptops r good.

      by the way i put my laptop directly on bed for using and i never faced a problem of over heating.

  • dear salman sory to interpt you i am going to say that nothing is like that as you say about hp laptop heating issue , i am using hp nc6400 since 2 year i had never face like that problem even i sleep and my laptop with charging its working properly.

    • salman

      another happy hp consumer. good for you.

      i think all unsatisfied were my friends ;)

  • Hammer man

    Dell’s the best when it comes to value for money but rumour has it that it’s Yahoo-dan.

    • Hammer man

      That’s a personal opinion based on my experience by the way. Doesn’t mean it’s factual.

  • rafay

    Have the same model but with c2d processor and blueray with a ATI dedicated graphics card for more than a year now, the Laptop is still behaving except for the battery.
    Hp z way better than dell. I can assure u that Hp has got a better build quality than dell cz had a dreadful experience with dell.

  • Saad

    @ rafay: did you buy it from pakistan?

  • Ubaid

    i think it must be a refurbished system in this price i.e 62k…not the new product

    • Saad

      no its actually for 62k but just the base configuration. some features are optional and users have to pay for them.

  • I used this hp Pavilion dv7t. Its display problem when we turn on on 45 to 50 angel it shows the display. When i search on internet there is many geeks have same problem..

    ~ DISPLAY LCD PROBLEM ~

  • KHANSAAB

    IM HP ALSO UNSATISFIED HP USER WITH HEATING PROBLEM BUT I BOT AGAIN A NEW ONE WITH BELIEF THAT THIS TIME IT WILL BE IMPROVED ONE FROM HP