HP Pavilion dv7-1005tx review: HP Pavilion dv7-1005tx

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Integrated Blu-ray. Good battery life. Great keyboard and touchpad.

The Bad Smudge magnet. Weighs as much as a small moon. Pointless glowing logo.

The Bottom Line While everyone scrambles for the latest low-spec netbook, the DV7 takes the opposite route, promoting itself as the ultimate entertainment notebook. It's almost right, too.

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Design
The DV7 is part of the same design family as the recently reviewed DV5 Pavilion , which means you're looking at the same glossy, somewhat fingerprint-prone chrome design, wrapped around a notebook that can only be described as a desktop replacement. We say that because, at 3.46kg, this isn't a notebook you're going to want to lift all that much. Or to put it another way, you could stow three netbooks into the same bag as the DV7, and still have enough weight left over for your lunch as well.

Like the DV5, the DV7 features the "media runway" touch-sensitive panel beneath the screen, for easy access to volume and playback features. Also like the DV5, you'll be broadcasting HP's brand far and wide if you do take it anywhere, thanks to a small glowing logo on the DV7's exterior case.

As with the DV5, HP's taking a gamble on consumer tastes when it comes to designing a system this glossy. Some will love the idea, while others will find it impossibly shiny. We still can't help but wonder if, like a lot of initially shiny products, it won't look rather scratched and naff a few years down the track.

Features
Underneath all the gloss lies an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9600 running at 2.80GHz. It's fed by a solid 4GB of RAM (8GB is the maximum) and graphically presented via an Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB of dedicated memory.

The display on the DV7 is a 17-inch panel; our test sample topped out at a relatively low 1,440x900-pixel display, although higher resolution panels are available. That's a good thing, as one of the DV7's big selling points is that it's equipped with both a Blu-ray drive and an integrated digital TV tuner, and a lower resolution panel simply won't be able to do HD video the proper justice.

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HP Pavilion dv7-1005tx

Part Number: CNETHP Pavilion dv7-1005tx

Typical Price: $2,299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.