HP ENVY dv7

  |   by NotebookReview Staff

The HP ENVY dvt (dv7t-7200) is a new Windows 8 laptop release that sports a 17.3-inch screen and comes in a wide variety configurations to suit almost any budget or performance needs.  If the ENVY dv7t looks strangely familiar, you’re right, it’s simply a rebranding of the 2012 Pavilion dv7t line but with the updated Windows 8 OS.  HP is now placing the ENVY label on any laptop it deems as being a performance machine or having premium design.

  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • 17.3-inch glossy HD+ display (1600 x 900)
  • Dual Core Intel Core i5-3210M (2.50GHz, 3.10GHz Turbo, 3MB Cache, 35W TDP)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM (2 DIMM, up to 16GB supported)
  • 750GB 5400RPM HDD (Hitachi Travelstar)
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless network adapter
  • Internal Bluetooth v4.0
  • Integrated 720p webcam and dual array digital microphone
  • Beats Audio with quad speakers plus subwoofer
  • 2-year limited hardware warranty
  • 6-cell battery (62Wh)
  • 65W power adapter
  • Weight: 6.94lbs
  • Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.4 x 10.8 inches (width x thickness x depth)

  • Pros

    • Easy to upgrade parts or replace battery
    • Dual storage bays
    • Multiple processor and graphics configurations
    • Great speakers and Full HD screen option
    • Standard 2-year warranty
  • Cons

    • Glossy finish around screen and between keys shows fingerprints and dust
    • No touchscreen option for Windows 8, no downgrade support for Windows 7
    • Integrated mouse buttons feel cheap
    • Not as attractive as the premium ENVY 17 it has replaced

Quick Take

The replacement for the Pavilion dv7, the new ENVY dv7, offers a good balance of configuration options and cost.

Read Our Full Review: HP ENVY dv7 Review

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