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For such a huge laptop, HP's done amazingly well in making the new Pavilion dv7 feel light and compact.
- USB 3.0: 4
- Optical: Blu-ray/DVD±RW
- Video: VGA, HDMI
- Ethernet: gigabit
- Wireless: 2.4GHz 802.11n
- Audio: 2.1 IDT HD audio
It's nowhere near as thin as the MacBook Pro 17 (may it rest in peace), but it's still definitely a workable form factor.
HP's industrial design on this one is a winner, combining a subtle black, brushed-aluminium finish with perforated black surfaces and silver trims. There is a red Beats logo, but it's played down.
While it's gotten to the point where we've started expecting backlit keyboards in all laptops, the Pavilion dv7 defies trends here. Typing was generally good, although we found that the spacebar often didn't register, and the squashed vertical arrow keys will likely irritate some people.
The Synaptics touch pad is certainly passable, although the driver lacks the simultaneous double- and triple-finger tapping gestures found in. In another departure from current trends, there are physical, separate buttons here, rather than a full click pad, which is something that we appreciate greatly.
Ports are as one might expect on a laptop of this size: four USB 3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, VGA, HDMI, an SD card reader and gigabit Ethernet. The latter has an incredibly annoying flap over it that, once released, can be quite the challenge to put back into place. There's no reason for it to exist; it simply serves to be annoying.