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HP’s portable entertainment machine – Pavilion dv7t

We take a look at HP’s latest entertainment machine, the dv7t. Sporting a large 17-inch display, the latest Intel Centrino 2 technology, and discrete graphics by NVIDIA, this desktop-replacment machine sure packs a punch!


Following the launch of the Intel Centrino 2 mobile computing platform during mid-July 2008, HP released the Pavilion dv7t, a model that would sit at the top of its desktop replacement line of notebooks. The Pavilion dv7t is based on the Intel Centrino 2 technology, armed with Intel’s latest Core 2 Duo processors, 45 chipset and Intel 5000-series WiFi Link wireless.


Let us take a look at the specifications in brief for the review unit on hand:



Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
(2.26GHz, 1066MHz bus, 3MB L2 cache)
Intel PM45 Express
4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 @ 800MHz
NVidia GeForce 9600M GT 512MB GDDR2
Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB
17-inch WSXGA+  1680 x 1050 BrightView Infinity
8-Cell Lithium Ion
Approx. 15.6in x 11.2in x 1.3in (WxDxH)
Weight  Approx. 3.4Kg
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP1


As a 17-inch desktop replacement, its footprint is predictably large. However, for the case of the HP Pavilion dv7t, it looked and felt smaller than other laptops sporting 17-inch screens. A contributing factor to this is the clean design, with smooth curves along the edges of the laptop.

Flipping up the lid reveals the 17-inch screen featuring Brightview technology. BrightView is simply HP’s way of saying ‘glossy screen’. Similarly, Dell uses a glossy screen and calls it, TrueLife.



The Pavilion dv7t has a modern and innovative look with its liquid-metallic shiny surfaces. The keyboard and touchpad matches and compliments the design. Some may like it, while some might just consider this as overly-bling.


Glossy or matte?

Would a glossy screen or a matte screen (also known as anti-glare screen) be better? It depends on the kind of environment you are going to work. If you are going to be in a dimly to moderately lit room, glossy screens would be well accepted. Although glossy screens give images more punch with higher contrast and saturation, they are prone to reflections. You can’t escape from glossy screens, they are found on all home-use/entertainment laptops. One way to overcome the reflections is to increase the screen brightness (advantageous if you have an LED panel), but too much of it would cause you eye discomfort because the light from the LCD would be too hard on the eyes.

If you are in an office environment with bright areas, especially overhead flourescent tube lighting; you would end up admiring your own face, or distracted by the various light sources reflecting off the glossy lcd screen. For such situations, matte screens would be better. Business laptops are fitted with matte screens, and the higher end ones do offer matte screens with LED backlighting.


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